Archaeology & Material Culture ARCH4021

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

·To examine how archaeological approaches to objects can be informed by the examining modern material culture.
·To present a series of case studies that consider current approaches to the interpretation of material culture.
·To demonstrate the social and symbolic significance of objects.
·To enable students to develop a critical awareness of materiality and what it means to live in a material world.

Timetable

2 hrs per week comprising lectures, seminars and class discussions.

Requirements of Entry

Subject to the appropriate Faculty regulations, entry into Honours Archaeology is at the discretion of the Head of Department and requires 40 archaeology credits at Level 1 which must include Archaeological Practice, and 60 archaeology credits at Level 2 which must include The Archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean (9ZAV), Field Archaeology in Theory and Practice (9CRV) and either Analytical Archaeology (0AJV) in the case of Science Faculty students, or Interpreting Archaeology (9CSV) in the case of Arts Faculty students. Students should normally have achieved a C average for those Level 2 modules, obtained without recourse to resits. Also, all students must have completed at least 15 days of fieldwork experience and preferably at least 25 days before entering Junior Honours (see Fieldwork section below). It is also a requirement that students have passed the University basic IT course before entering Honours.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

·To examine how archaeological approaches to objects can be informed by the examining modern material culture.
·To present a series of case studies that consider current approaches to the interpretation of material culture.
·To demonstrate the social and symbolic significance of objects.
·To enable students to develop a critical awareness of materiality and what it means to live in a material world.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should:
·have a critical awareness of how material culture constitutes and conditions human experience.
·be able to evaluate critically interpretations of the role of material culture in society during the past or present within society.
·understand how objects and actions define social identities and power relations.
·gain experience of presenting research topics to others and participating in group discussion.

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.