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AY2503: ARCHAEOLOGIES OF SOCIAL LIFE (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:28


Course Overview

The study of the past can sometimes feel impersonal, a matter of empires, civilisations and cultures, but archaeology also has a marvellous potential to access the real lives of ancient individuals. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the exploration of social lives in the (pre)historic past, using lectures and seminars to  illustrate how material culture can tell us about even the most intimate aspects of our ancestors. Among the topics will be issues of ancient identity, ideology, religion, sexuality and environment.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Joshua Wright

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

As an advanced introduction to archaeological enquiry, the course focuses on the archaeology of social life and examines several inter-locking themes:
  • Innovation, production and consumption
  • Social identity and material culture
  • Ritual and religion
  • Personhood, death and the body
  • Economic and environmental archaeology
  • Settlement archaeology and landscape research

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be taken with AY2506

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Archeology Joint
  • Archeology Major
  • BSc Archaeology
  • BSc Archaeology with Chemistry
  • BSc Archaeology-Geoscience
  • MA Archaeology

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment in the form of an analytical poster (50%). Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) plus original in-course assessment carried forward (50%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Detailed poster feedback forms; in-class tutorial feedback.

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