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

Postgraduate Course: The Celtic World (Online) (PGHC11577)

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
SummaryThis course will provide an overview on the archaeology of 'Celtic' Europe from the beginnings of the Iron Age to the Roman conquest (c. 800 BC - AD 50). It will address topics such as the notions of 'Celts' and Celtic art, the development of fortified settlements (hillforts and oppida), the social interpretation of burial data, the identification of migrations, and the connections between temperate Europe and the Mediterranean.
Course description In many parts of Eurasia, the 1st millennium BC marked a fundamental turning point that was accompanied by the appearance of a whole range of phenomena that were to play an important part in shaping our world. Some of the key elements we might mention are early state formations, urbanisation, coinage, and intercontinental trade networks. In temperate Europe, this age of increasing mobility of people, ideas and goods saw the development of the first urban agglomerations, the appearance of sumptuous aristocratic burials, and close contacts with the Mediterranean world.

This course provides an overview on the main developments that took place between c. 800 BC - AD 50, from the centralisation processes of the Hallstatt period (the so-called 'princely seats') to the development of Celtic art, the rise of the Late Iron Age oppida, and finally the Roman conquest. It also aims to critically analyse the concept of the 'Celts' and its use and misuse in political and societal discourses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Archaeology of 'Celtic' Europe: Communities and Interactions (PGHC11508) OR The Archaeology of Iron Age Europe: Hillforts, Burials and Landscapes (ARCA10093)
Other requirements Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Ancient Worlds ODL programme.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
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) Coursework:
750 word review of a key article (20%)
3,500 word essay (80%)
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. understand the main body of knowledge concerning the European Iron Age;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of source material;
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence.
Reading List
Collis, J. (2006): The Celts. Origins, Myths and Inventions. Tempus, Stroud.

Cunliffe, B. (2003): The Celts: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Cunliffe, B. (2018): The Ancient Celts (2nd edition). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Fernández-Götz, M., Wendling, H. and Winger, K. (eds.) (2014): Paths to Complexity: Centralisation and Urbanisation in Iron Age Europe. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Fernández-Götz, M. (2018): Urbanization in Iron Age Europe: Trajectories, Patterns and Social Dynamics. Journal of Archaeological Research 26: 117-162.

Haselgrove, C. and Moore, T. (eds.) (2007): The Later Iron Age in Britain and beyond. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Haselgrove, C. and Pope, R. (eds.) (2007): The Earlier Iron Age in Britain and the Near Continent. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Haselgrove, C. , Rebay-Salisbury, K. and Wells, P. (eds.) (2018): The Oxford Handbook of the European Iron Age. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Moore, T and Armada, X.-L. (eds.) (2011): Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC. Crossing the Divide. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Ralston, I. (2013): Celtic Fortifications. The History Press, Stroud.

Rebay-Salisbury, K. (2016) The Human Body in Early Iron Age Central Europe. Routledge, London/New York.

Wells, P.S. (2011): The Iron Age. In S. Milisauskas (ed.), European Prehistory. A Survey (2nd edition). Springer, New York: 405-460.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Initiative; in particular, the capacity for independent study/research.
- Proficiency in finding and using appropriate research sources (library, internet, museum).
- Skills of literacy and communication in written work, oral discussion and using visual imagery.
- The ability to evaluate critically and creatively empirical evidence, methods and theories, and to construct well-supported hypotheses.
- Ability to identify research themes and trends.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Manuel Fernandez-Gotz
Tel: (0131 6)51 5223
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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