Undergraduate Course: Archaeology 1A (ARCA08004)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Archaeology 1A provides a basic introduction to archaeology for those who may or may not have studied the subject before. The lectures start by outlining what archaeology is, and how it is practised.
A series of lectures under the sub-heading 'Discovering the Past' deal with the principles and methods of archaeological investigation, analysis and reconstruction. There are also sections on 'how humans evolved' (introducing human evolution and the hunter-gatherers of the Palaeolithic) and 'early agricultural societies', which charts the crucial shift from hunting and gathering to farming in the Near East and Europe; the first sedentary food-producing societies are introduced as a prelude to the rise of civilizations in the Near East and Europe, covered in Archaeology 1B.
The course is designed to provide a systematic introduction to Archaeology, and to present some important areas of archaeological research. It aims to help students to develop their:
ability to find and evaluate information, and set it in context;
ability to critically appraise evidence and present reasoned argument;
skills in literacy, in particular the preparation and writing of academic essays.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework (50%): consisting of 1 main essay (40%) and 1 short report (10%).
Written exam (50%).
Essay: 1500-word limit (excluding bibliography)
Short Report: max 700-word limit (excluding bibliography)
Exam: 2 hours; 2 questions to be answered from a choice of 7
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Archaeology 1A||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
- demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
- demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|RENFREW, C. & BAHN, P. 2012. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. 6th edition. London: Thames & Hudson. Companion website: http://college.thamesandhudsonusa.com/college/archaeology/archaeology6/ |
SCARRE, C. (ed.) 2013. The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies, 3rd edition. London: Thames and Hudson.
Companion website: http://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com/web/humanPast/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
|Course organiser||Dr Catriona Pickard
Tel: (0131 6)50 2372
|Course secretary||Ms Amanda Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501