Norse in the North Atlantic ARCH5032

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A review of new archaeological evidence recovered across the North Atlantic region which relates to Norse expansion and settlement. The geographical spread will encompass N Scotland-Newfoundland and evidence considered will include settlement, burials and environmental data.


An average of 2 hrs x 10 weeks.

6 lectures (2hrs x 6)=12 hours; 6 hours peer discussion meetings (face to face and via Moodle)=6 hours; informal discussion with course staff= 2 hrs

Requirements of Entry

Standard Entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





Short Essay or report/work sheet (1000 words)=20%

Long Essay (4000 words)= 80%

Course Aims

-Provide an overview of the character of Norse Archaeology in the North Atlantic region (N Scotland-Newfoundland) during the period c750-1450AD

-Investigate with the aid of regional case studies, differing responses and impacts on the landscape and indigenous populations (where encountered)

-Introduce key research themes within Norse Archaeology: settlements, burials, religion and artefacts

-Develop an awareness of interdisciplinary approaches to assessing the economic and environmental impact of the Norse colonists across the region

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

-Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the archaeology of the Norse expansions and settlement in the North Atlantic region.

-Critically evaluate the application of interdisciplinary methods and approaches for the period c750-1450AD in the North Atlantic region.

- Critically evaluate and summarise research findings additionally enabling presentation of such understanding to others

-Implement their knowledge of the nature of the impact of Norse settlers across the whole N Atlantic region, specifically the interdisciplinary approaches in current research trends.

-Demonstrate the necessary intellectual preparation and analytical skills to pursue further scholarly research in this subject area.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

MLitt level pass grade