Mediterranean Archaeology: Theory and Practice ARCH5029

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

To introduce students to the prehistory, protohistory and historical periods of the Mediterranean world
To familiarise students with the main archaeological approaches - theoretical, scientific and empirical - to the study of Mediterranean archaeology
To consider how contemporary politics affect the interpretation of the Mediterranean past and present
To encourage the use and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to Mediterranean archaeology
To provide students with an appropriate intellectual preparation and the necessary skills to pursue the optional courses and MLitt dissertation

Timetable

an average of 2 hrs x 10 weeks.

Assessment

Seminar presentation and three essays

Course Aims

To introduce students to the prehistory, protohistory and historical periods of the Mediterranean world
To familiarise students with the main archaeological approaches - theoretical, scientific and empirical - to the study of Mediterranean archaeology
To consider how contemporary politics affect the interpretation of the Mediterranean past and present
To encourage the use and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to Mediterranean archaeology
To provide students with an appropriate intellectual preparation and the necessary skills to pursue the optional courses and MLitt dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will have acquired:
An understanding of the interplay of anthropogenic, social and natural factors that shaped the nature of settlement and society in the Mediterranean
A grasp of the basic range of material culture and interconnections relevant to Mediterranean archaeology, from the Neolithic to the early modern period
A basic understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of current analytical techniques and interpretative approaches used in Mediterranean archaeology
The means to situate developments in Mediterranean archaeology within the context of wider intellectual and academic trends in the contemporary world
The basic oral, organisational and interpersonal skills to sustain and defend arguments in presentations and group discussion on prescribed topics.
A basic competence in scholarly writing and a capacity for critical thought