Mediterranean Archaeology: Issues and Case Studies I ARCH5027

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

To engage students with specific problems and current issues in the prehistory, protohistory and historical periods of the Mediterranean world
To familiarise students with several specific issues and case studies in Mediterranean archaeology, ranging from Gibraltar to the Levant, and from earliest prehistory to the early modern era
To stimulate in-depth discussions of how specific topics are affected by contemporary politics in the Mediterranean and how present day politics impact on studying the past
To facilitate and enable students to adopt interdisciplinary approaches in studying these topics
To provide students with further intellectual preparation and the necessary writing and research skills to undertake the MLitt dissertation

Timetable

an average of 2 hrs x 10 weeks.

Assessment

Two essays, one of 3,000 words and the other of 1,000 words.

Course Aims

To engage students with specific problems and current issues in the prehistory, protohistory and historical periods of the Mediterranean world
To familiarise students with several specific issues and case studies in Mediterranean archaeology, ranging from Gibraltar to the Levant, and from earliest prehistory to the early modern era
To stimulate in-depth discussions of how specific topics are affected by contemporary politics in the Mediterranean and how present day politics impact on studying the past
To facilitate and enable students to adopt interdisciplinary approaches in studying these topics
To provide students with further intellectual preparation and the necessary writing and research skills to undertake the MLitt dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will be able to demonstrate:

An understanding of the interplay of social and natural factors, of empirical and theoretical approaches, that impact on interpreting specific problems in Mediterranean archaeology
An in-depth understanding of the various material and interpretative issues relevant to specific problems and issues in Mediterranean archaeology
An in-depth understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of various analytical and interpretative approaches related to specific problems in Mediterranean archaeology
The ability to analyse and discuss cogently developments in specific areas of Mediterranean archaeology within the context of wider, contemporary, intellectual and academic trends
A sound competence in scholarly writing and a capacity for critical thought.