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AY1505: DEATH! (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Explore death in human society from the earliest formal burials to diverse modern practices world wide.   This course incorporates archaeological studies of skeletons and mortuary sites as well as legal, anthropological and forensic perspectives. You will gain a complex understanding of one of the universal humans experiences and how those still living interact with death and the dead.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rebecca Crozier

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

Birth and death are universal human experiences. However, there are as many ways human societies experience death as there are ways to die. Archaeology has long focused on the discovery and interpretation of human remains and burials as a means of understanding and reconstructing past societies and is the discipline best situated to guide students through the longterm history of the diverse processes and human experiences of death, its study, and its impact on the living. Though this course offers a global perspective made up of different temporal and regional situations, we begin by considering the surprisingly varied mortuary practices of recent ‘Western’ societies and contemporary constructions of death, dying and mortuary practice.  

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

One lab report (34%), one project report (33%), one reflective report (33%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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