Undergraduate Course: On the move: Human migrations from the beginnings to the 21st century (ARCA10095)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||People move. Whether in small or large groups, mobility has always been a critical aspect of human history. This course will provide an overview on migratory processes from prehistory to the present, focusing on archaeological sources but also incorporating written evidence whenever available.
Migrations represent one of the most defining features of human history since its beginnings to the present. In recent years, archaeological research has witnessed the so-called 'third science revolution', triggered by the development of bioarchaeological methods - especially archaeogenetics and isotopic analyses. These approaches have forced us to radically rethink mobility in the past and develop new pathways of integrating all available evidence to move beyond simple narratives of human migration. Due to its long-term perspective, archaeology is in an advantageous position to contribute to a deeper reflection on the topic, by not only counteracting isolationist narratives, but also showing the complexity of human mobility in the past and present and the challenges and opportunities it poses.
This course will provide an overview on migratory processes from early prehistory ('out of Africa' in the Palaeolithic) to the 21st century. It will combine an introduction to the key definitions and theoretical perspectives on migration with the presentation of specific case studies from different periods and geographical regions. While the main emphasis will be on the material evidence of migrations, other sources including texts will also be incorporated whenever available. Thus, the course has an interdisciplinary design, and should be attractive for students from different subject areas.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Archaeology courses at Grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1,000 word Seminar paper (30%)
3,000 word Essay (70%)
||Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework,and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning migratory processes in the long-term;
- demonstrate an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of source material;
- demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Anthony, D.W. 1990. Migration in archeology: The baby and the bathwater. American Anthropologist 92(4), 895-914.|
Burmeister, S. 2000. Archaeology and migration. Approaches to an archaeological proof of migration. Current Anthropology 41(4), 539-567 (with comments).
Cabana, G. and Clark, J. (eds.) 2011. Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
Fisher, M.H. 2013. Migration: A World History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Frieman, C.J. and Hofmann, D. 2019. Present pasts in the archaeology of genetics, identity, and migration in Europe: acritical essay. World Archaeology 51(4), 528-545.
Hakenbeck, S. 2008. Migration in archaeology: are we nearly there yet? Archaeological Review from Cambridge 23(2), 9-26.
Hamilakis, Y. (ed.) 2018. The New Nomadic Age: Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration. Bristol: Equinox Publishing.
Kenny, K. 2013. Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kristiansen, K. 2014. Towards a new paradigm? The third science revolution and its possible consequences in archaeology. Current Swedish Archaeology 22, 11-34.
Manning, P. 2005. Migration in World History. London/New York: Routledge.
Reich, D. 2018. Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Van Dommelen, P. 2014. Moving on: Archaeological perspectives on mobility and migration. World Archaeology 46(4): 477-483.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- gather and critically assess relevant information;
- have an overall knowledge on migratory movements from a long-term perspective;
- present their ideas and analyses in a coherent fashion to diverse audiences and in a number of different formats.
|Course organiser||Dr Manuel Fernandez-Gotz
Tel: (0131 6)51 5223
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349