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

Postgraduate Course: A Topic in Archaeology (PGHC11594)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe core aim of the course is to teach students how to approach the study of a defined topic, how to access the relevant sources, identify important questions and understudied aspects, and engage with current debates. Students will also learn how the studied topic relates to other areas of archaeology.
Course description Specific thematic information for each outing of this course will be provided during the course selection process. There is no predetermined contextual syllabus because the teaching schedule will change with each outing of the course depending on the chosen course topic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant themes and debates characteristic of the topic
  2. utilize and evaluate critically a range of different categories of archaeological evidence
  3. understand geographical characteristics of the topic or period in question
  4. recognise and focus on key aspects and case studies of relevance to the topic
  5. show time management skills and ability to undertake self-directed learning using a range of bibliographic and other (eg internet) resources
Reading List
There is no predetermined reading list because the bibliography will change with each outing of the course depending on the chosen course topic. Certain basic methodological or source oriented reference works may be employed for each outing of the course, such as:

Bentley, R.A., Maschner, H.D.G. and Chippindale, C. (eds) 2008. Handbook of Archaeological Theories. AltaMira Press.

Bolger, D. (ed.) 2013. A Companion to Gender Prehistory. Wiley-Blackwell.

David, B. & Thomas, J. (eds). 2008. Handbook of Landscape Archaeology. Left Coast Press.

Díaz-Andreu, M., Lucy, S., Babic, M. and Edwards, D.N., 2005. The Archaeology of Identity. Approaches to Gender, Age, Status, Ethnicity and Religion. Routledge.

Gardner, A., Lake, M. and Sommer, U. (eds) 2018. The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory. Oxford University Press.

Insoll, T. (ed.) 2011. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. Oxford University Press.

Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2020. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. Thames and Hudson.

Souvatzi, S., Baysal, A. and Baysal, E.L. (eds) Time and History in Prehistory. Routledge.

Trigger, B. 2006. A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge University Press.
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

The ability to identify research themes and trends
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