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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Late Hunter-Gatherers in Europe (PGHC11069)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course provides an overview of the archaeological and other evidence relating to the hunting-and-gathering societies of Europe between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago. The main issues surrounding economic, technological and social developments during the Mesolithic period are explored by means of case studies drawn from three contrasting geographical regions the British Isles, Southern Scandinavia and the Balkan Peninsula.
Course description The aim of the course is to instil in students:
a sound knowledge and understanding of the principal sources of evidence that can be used to reconstruct the behaviour of post-glacial hunter-gatherer societies in Europe;
an appreciation of the difficulties involved in interpreting that evidence, and the major areas of controversy;
an ability to critically assess current hypotheses of hunter-gatherer adaptations and the eventual transition to agriculture as applied in three geographically distinct regions of Europe the British Isles, Southern Scandinavia, and the Balkan Peninsula;
a critical awareness of how archaeological perceptions and approaches to research have historically influenced interpretations of the evidence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers
Reading List
Bailey, G. & Spikins, P. (eds) 2008. Mesolithic Europe. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Bell, M. & Walker, M.J.C. 2004. Late Quaternary Environmental Change. 2nd edition. London, Longman

Kelly, R.L. 1995. The Foraging Spectrum: Diversity in Hunter-gatherer Lifeways. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordslate hunter gatherers europe
Contacts
Course organiserProf Clive Bonsall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2375
Email: Clive.Bonsall@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
Email: Gordon.Littlejohn@ed.ac.uk
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