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

Postgraduate Course: Etruscan Italy, 1000-300 BC (online) (PGHC11539)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is designed in particular for those with a special interest in early civilizations, the ancient Mediterranean world, and ancient art. It investigates the development of Etruscan society, one of the first urban civilizations in western Europe, from a formative stage in the Early Iron Age through the growth of the city state (10th-5th centuries BC), and the subsequent transformation associated with the expansion of Rome in the 4th/3rd centuries BC. A range of evidence is considered, primarily from archaeological sites, but also from art (e.g. pottery, tomb paintings, sculpture), literary sources, and inscriptions, permitting comparisons with contemporary developments elsewhere in the Mediterranean and western Europe.
Course description The course examines the development of Etruscan society from circa 1000 to 300 BC. Major topics for discussion include: Early Iron Age settlements; Burials and funerary rituals; The rise of the city state (8th-7th centuries BC); Urbanisation and town planning; Relations with neighbours (Greeks, Phoenicians, Celts): Trade, interaction and mobility; Arts and crafts; Writing and literacy; Etruscan legacies and influences in European art, architecture and literature from the Middle Ages to the present.

Key skills: How To: Use and combine different types of evidence (archaeological, textual); Deal with controversies and competing hypotheses; Apply theoretical models and relevant methodologies; Evaluate past and present research traditions and approaches; Critique effectively and fairly.
Skills to develop/enhance: Initiative, e.g. capacity for independent study/research; Expression and communication (written, oral and visual).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Etruscan Italy 1000-300 BC (ARCA10023)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1) A PowerPoint presentation consisting of 8 PowerPoint slides with images, plus the same number of short sections of written text, one to accompany each slide. The text is the written down version of an illustrated talk. The total text length should be about 1,200 words. Summative. (30%)«br /»
2) A 3,000-word essay relating to a key research issue. A list of topics will be supplied and students will have an opportunity to discuss their topic in advance with feedback on an outline plan from the course organiser. Summative. (70%)
Feedback 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 specified 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the place and significance of Etruscan civilisation in ancient Europe and the Mediterranean.
  2. Show detailed knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, the archaeological evidence of Etruscan civilization as covered in the course.
  3. Engage with multiple sources of evidence relevant to the study of Etruscan society and culture.
  4. Understand research traditions and the challenges and controversies confronted by Etruscan studies.
  5. Appreciate the relevance of Etruscan archaeology and art to later developments of European arts and literature up to the present day.
Reading List
Barker, G. & Rasmussen, T. 1998. The Etruscans. Oxford, Blackwell.
Bell, S. & Carpino, A. (eds.) 2016. A Companion to the Etruscans. John Wiley & Sons. EUL ONLINE
Haynes, S. 2000. Etruscan civilization. A cultural history. London, British Museum Publications.
Izzet, V. 2007. The Archaeology of Etruscan Society. Cambridge University Press. EUL ONLINE
Leighton, R. 2004. Tarquinia. An Etruscan city. London, Bloomsbury. Naso, A. (ed.) 2017. Etruscology. De Gruyter. EUL ONLINE
Riva, C. 2020. A Short History of the Etruscans. London, Bloomsbury. EUL ONLINE
Smith, C. 2014. The Etruscans. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. EUL ONLINE
Turfa, J.M. (ed.) 2013. The Etruscan World. Routledge. EUL ONLINE
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills a) Initiative; in particular, the capacity for independent study/research
b) Proficiency in finding and using appropriate research sources (library, internet, museum)
c) Skills of literacy and communication in written work, oral discussion and using visual imagery
d) The ability to evaluate critically and creatively empirical evidence, methods and theories, and to construct well-supported hypotheses
e) Ability to identify research themes and trends.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Robert Leighton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8197
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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