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BA Archaeology and History

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BA Archaeology and History

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Arts

Programme Code

ARL-BA-JS

UCAS Code

VV41

JACS Code

V140 (DESCR) 50

Criteria for Admissions

The general University and School conditions of entry must be satisfied. Entrance requirements for this course are:

• A-level

BBB

• Irish Leaving Certificate

H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3

International candidates require at least a British Council IELTS qualification scored at a standard of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test

For current general University and specific entry requirements for this pathway go to www.qub.ac.uk/ado/

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Joint Honours Single

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Archaeology (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Roger Doonan (Archaeology)

University of Sheffield

Dr Diane Urquhart (History)

University of Liverpool

Professor Tim Lockley (History)

University of Warwick

Professor Tim Parkin (History)

University of Manchester

Professor Jan Whittle (History)

University of Exeter

Professor John Wolfe (History)

The Open University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

No barriers to access or progression

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

• demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the scope and key intellectual issues within the disciplines of Archaeology and History, and in-depth knowledge of selected specialist areas within these disciplines

• demonstrate key transferable skills, for example critical thinking, data recording and handling, evaluating primary and secondary sources, processing and interpreting complex information

• demonstrate broad knowledge of the global scope of both disciplines and specialist knowledge of the archaeology and history of selected regions

• show awareness of the varied social, economic and environmental parameters underpinning past political and cultural change

• display an appreciation of the character and role of archaeological sites and landscapes in the present, including ethical and legal considerations and the relevance of public engagement

• demonstrate qualification in and key skills for lifelong learning and career development, including independent research abilities, team work, written and oral expression

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information; and be familiar with appropriate means of identifying, finding, retrieving, sorting and exchanging information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, independent projects

Analyse concepts and ideas, and have the capacity to consider and solve problems, including complex problems to which there is no single solution

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, exams

Present well-developed arguments in written and oral form with clarity and fluency

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, reports, oral and poster presentations, tutorial assignments, seminar assignments, exams

Select, design and execute a programme of primary research, including data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and communication under time-managed conditions and within word limits

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Project design, dissertation and independent project

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, independent projects

Display critical awareness of a range of key terms, concepts, approaches, techniques and debates in method, theory and practice relating to both disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments, class tests, exams

Appreciate a range of historical and cultural perspectives on academic enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects

Engage with and interpret layers of meaning within primary sources and evaluate written sources critically in their context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, coursework

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects

Assess and appraise differing views on significant areas of academic debate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, coursework

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects, exams

Discriminate between what is central and what is peripheral to the issue in question

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Directed reading, tutorials, seminars, coursework

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects, exams

Exercise critical judgment on the basis of varied and problematic evidence and according to the persuasiveness of the arguments or the reliability of the evidence used

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials, seminars, oral and poster presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects, exams

Reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework

Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study, which requires critical and reflective use of information and information technology in the learning process

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coursework, tutorials and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertations, independent projects

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Use electronic media and information technology (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, computer-based mapping, graphing and image processing)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, provision of online resources

Methods of Assessment

Practicals, field and lab reports, dissertations, essays, presentations

Access library/museum/archive and World Wide Web resources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Introduction to library services in Induction week, training sessions in use of online resources, practicals

Methods of Assessment

Appropriate uses of resources expected in all continuous assessment

Work effectively and creatively both independently and in a team setting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Fieldwork, tutorials, seminars, practicals, research design training, one-to-one guidance on dissertation and independent project research

Methods of Assessment

Report and dissertation writing, essays, presentations, practical assignments

Manage time efficiently, work under pressure and to deadlines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Completion of practicals on time, oral presentations, coursework deadlines

Methods of Assessment

Practicals, oral presentations, all continuous assessments, dissertation and independent project

Take notes and summarise accurately and effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations, seminar discussions

Present ideas and arguments orally in both formal and informal contexts; and the capacity to sustain a reasoned line of argument in the face of others, to listen, engage in sustained debate, and amend views as necessary in the light of evidence of argument

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations, seminar discussions

Understand the role and use of feedback in assessing and improving performance; and respond constructively to criticism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors

Methods of Assessment

Written feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment

Reflect on intellectual and professional priorities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Engagement with Personal Tutors and Careers Liaison Officers

Methods of Assessment

Not formally assessed, but each student is allocated a Personal Tutor in Level 1 and meets with him/her throughout the duration of the degree programme

Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, adaptability and intercultural awareness

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Erasmus programme and other study-abroad programmes with international universities

Methods of Assessment

For international exchanges, students enrol on and are assessed through the host institution’s undergraduate programme

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Display knowledge of the nature, relationships, context, development and contemporary practice of History and Archaeology as academic disciplines and as professions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, field teaching, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge and critical awareness of primary archaeological and historical sources and their contexts (including landscapes, sites, monuments and artefacts)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals, field teaching, supervised research, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge, both comparative and specialised, of selected archaeological and historical periods and societies (prehistoric through contemporary), regions (Britain & Ireland, Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Africa) and research themes (e.g. human evolution, the development of complex societies, cultural change through time and space, human-environment relationships)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, field teaching, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Display knowledge of a range of key terms, concepts, approaches, techniques and debates in the method, theory and practice of both disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, field teaching, directed reading
Lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals, field teaching, supervised research, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, coursework, dissertation

Demonstrate an awareness of continuity and change over an extended period of time

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, exams

Critically evaluate documentary sources in a detailed fashion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertation

Demonstrate awareness of the diversity of specialisms within both disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, exams

Appreciate the role of both disciplines in society and the varied ways in which it can be presented to a non-academic audience

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate direct experience and competence in a range of core practical and interpretative skills, to an advanced level, involving the recording and analysis of primary archaeological evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation, lab and field notebooks

Conduct research on archaeological sites, monuments (e.g. SMR, library, archives) and museum collections

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, field teaching, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation

Demonstrate field skills (e.g. surveying, excavation, site sampling, coring, recording, safety)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, field teaching, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Assessed fieldwork, practicals

Show an awareness of post-fieldwork requirements (e.g. artefacts and materials research, human and animal bone research, illustration, sampling, data analysis, data presentation)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, supervised research

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, dissertation, lab notebooks

Demonstrate an appreciation of the legal policy and ethical frameworks for research and professional practice in both disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Coursework

Show an awareness of the wider public interest in History and Archaeology and the public benefit of both disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, field teaching

Methods of Assessment

Coursework

Display respect for historical and archaeological context and evidence and a greater awareness of the historical processes unfolding in our own time

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, oral presentations

Understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the always different context of the past

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Coursework, oral presentations

Read and analyse primary sources, both critically and emphatically

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Independent study, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, oral presentations

Appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, oral presentations

Appreciate different viewpoints and the problems involved in interpreting complex, ambiguous, conflicting and often incomplete material

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, oral presentations

Display awareness of the rules of evidence utilised by historians and archaeologists to test the validity of documentary evidence

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, oral presentations

Recognise that not all statements are of equal validity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays, dissertations, oral presentations

Show familiarity with bibliographic convention and the ability to research, reference and present written work according to the requirements of the subject area

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials, seminars, directed reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, coursework, dissertation, individual project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Politics and Society in 19th Century Ireland

HIS2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The American South 1619-1865

HIS2028

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

That Vast Catastrophe

HIS3033

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877

HIS3035

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Politics and Society in 20th Century Ireland

HIS2012

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

10%

60%

The American South, 1865-1980

HIS2029

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Origins of Protestantism

HIS3022

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Presbyterians in Ulster, 1690-1840

HIS3065

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Second World War in Europe

HIS3010

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Irish Revolution, 1917-1921

HIS3073

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Roman Origins of the East and West; From Augustus to Charlemagne

HIS2049

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Europe between the Wars, 1919-1939

HIS2050

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Peasants' Revolt 1381

HIS3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Working Class Communities in the UK 1900-1970

HIS3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Dissertation

HIS3077

3

40

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The making of contemporary Britain: 1914 to the present

HIS2018

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

10%

60%

Exploring History 1

HIS1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Exploring History 2

HIS1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

10%

60%

Kings, courts and culture in Carolingian Europe

HIS3079

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

History and Historians: Contested Pasts

HIS1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Modernity in Missions: Overseas Christian Expansion, 1858-1980s

HIS3099

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Europe in Prehistory

GAP1008

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Barbarians, Vikings and Traders: The Archaeology of Historic Europe

GAP1010

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

30%

40%

Ireland in Prehistory

GAP2041

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Thinking through Things Theorizing Global Archaeology

GAP2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

From St Patrick to the Plantation: The Archaeology of Historic Ireland

GAP2045

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Archaeology/Palaeoecology Dissertation

GAP3056

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Revolutionary Europe, 1500-1789

HIS2057

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Age of anxiety: Irish culture and society in interwar European context

HIS3109

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Nationalism and Liberation in 20th Century Africa

HIS2061

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Rome: Ancient City, Modern Heritage

GAP2049

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Introduction To World Archaeology

GAP1013

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Palaeoenvironmental Techniques

GAP2051

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Uniting Kingdoms

HIS2064

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Alexander The Great and the Creation of the Hellenistic World

HIS2020

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

40%

0%

Independent Project

GAP3069

3

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Archaeology of Human Evolution

GAP3072

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Apocalypse! End of the World.

HIS2065

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Rise of Christianity 2: The Conversion of the Roman Empire

HIS3071

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Volcanoes: environmental and societal impacts

GAP3080

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Palaeolithic Pioneers: Adaptation & Colonization in Global Perspective

GAP3082

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

55%

45%

0%

The British republic: Culture, religion and war 1649-1660

HIS3120

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The War of Ideas in Seventeenth-Century Ireland

HIS3121

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Interpreting the Voices of the Past: the oral history of Northern Ireland since 1945

HIS3124

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Interpreting the Irish Country House

HIS3123

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Archaeological Excavation

GAP1014

1

20

YES

16 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS)

GGY2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Maps and Mapping - From the Stone Age to the Digital Age

GGY2053

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing as Decision Support

GGY3086

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Archaeology in Practice

GAP2057

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Early Medieval Europe: archaeologies of kingship, religion, and society

GAP3085

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Osteoarchaeology: Life and Death in the Past

GAP3086

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

35%

30%

Thatcher's Britain

HIS3127

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Sin Cities? Everyday Life in the Modern Metropolis

HIS3128

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Ancient City

HIS3129

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

History and Society

HIS1005

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Notes

* GAP1014 & GAP2039 module includes four-week field excavation in June ** GAP2049 module requires a minimum number of 17 students to run, in order to keep cost for the fieldtrip element at an affordable level *** students are normally required to take either GAP3056 or HIS3077, they may not take both ****GAP3069 this module is not a standard option but is provided: (i) to accommodate students on Erasmus placements at L3 and (ii) to provide an alternative to the double-weighted ArcPal dissertation module (GAP 3056) under exceptional circumstances, as advised by supervisor; compulsory if GAP3056 or HIS3077 are not taken; not otherwise available

At each Level/Stage students are required to take 60 credits worth of GAP/GGY modules plus 60 credits worth of HIS modules from the list