Archaeology 1A: The Archaeology of Scotland ARCH1001

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This is a course about Scotland's past from the earliest human habitation until the modern era. It examines the cultural evolution of Scotland in order to enrich a general understanding of the history and culture of Scotland. In the process, it introduces a range of methodologies and principles which underpin archaeological knowledge in Scotland and beyond.

Timetable

Two lectures per week and a weekly seminar or IT session. Two one-day field trips will also be held.

The course will provide a survey of the archaeology of Scotland from the earliest human occupation to the 20th century. It is organised chronologically into a sequence of themes, which are linked into the main course texts.

Assessment

50% examination (1½ hours long); 20% essay (1500 words) and 30% from two worksheets based upon fieldtrip, museum & IT sessions

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This is a course about Scotland's past from the earliest human habitation until the modern era. It examines the cultural evolution of Scotland in order to enrich a general understanding of the history and culture of Scotland. In the process, it introduces a range of methodologies and principles which underpin archaeological knowledge in Scotland and beyond.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
i) An understand the contribution of archaeological evidence for Scottish history through the experience of working with primary data during fieldtrips and museum sessions.
ii) An appreciation of the indigenous characteristics of Scotland's material heritage, which you will explore through the essay.
iii) A recognition of the significance of archaeology for interpreting Scotland's cultural development and its contacts with the wider world, which will be assessed by the examination.
iv) A basic understanding of the key archaeological methods and techniques.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.