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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)

Module ARCH59830: Issues in Social Archaeology

Department: Archaeology

ARCH59830: Issues in Social Archaeology

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to deepen their understanding of a wide range of current concepts of archaeological social theory and methodology.
  • To enable students to deepen their understanding of theory and method in the context of their area/subject/period studies.
  • To enable students to develop their skills in critical analysis and presentation.


  • identity; gender and age; ethnicity; status; archaeological landscapes; and other current issues in social archaeology and theory.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will have:
  • Developed an understanding of current theory and method through its applicaiton to a range of case studies.
  • Developed a critical approach to the collection, analysis and interpretation of archaeological data.
  • Gained an understanding of techniques relevant to the analysis of data from specific periods/regions.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Through a series of lstudent-led presentations and discussions in tutorials and seminars centred around key topics in theory and method.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 9 Fortnightly to tie in with seminars 1 hour 9
      Tutorials 12 2 in MT, 2 in EpT, 8 Tutorials-discussion 1 hour 12
      Seminars 8 Fortnightly 2 hours 16
      Preparation and Reading 263
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 5,000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Assignment of 1,500 words maximum

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University