ARCH06024 2019 World Archaeology

General Details

Full Title
World Archaeology
Transcript Title
World Archaeology
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Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Chris Read
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology

This course will consist of a general introduction to world archaeology for the student. Most Irish archaeology students never have the chance to study the archaeology from outside of Western Europe and rarely outside the time span present in Irish archaeology (roughly the last 10,000 years). This course will introduce the student to the story of the human past. From our earliest human ancestors in Africa, to their spread throughout the Old World to the development of agriculture and the rise of the great civilisations, this course will lead the student through highlights and turning points of human prehistory.

From this course the student will achieve a wide understanding of the scope of human prehistory and the major events and developments that have helped shape the more recent past. The student will gain an appreciation of how the archaeology of Ireland fits into a wider, global context.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

Identify and define important points in the development of early human societies.
Review the range of evidence employed by archaeologists to reconstruct the prehistoric and early historic  past.
Explain how archaeologists have used this evidence to understand specific aspects of the prehistoric world such as ancient technology, social organisation or economic activities.
Demonstrate a basic comprehension of assigned archaeological literature.

Express archaeological knowledge and concepts through written and oral mediums.

Recognize the differences and similarities between prehistoric/early historic Ireland and the rest of the world.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught through the medium of weekly lectures and discussions of major topics. The essay and presentation will encourage independent research on topics of the student's choice, with their written and oral output assessed.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assesment strategy will be based on 50% for the final exam and 50% continuous assessment. The continuous assessment will be based upon an essay, a presentation (based on the essay) and a midterm exam. I the essay, students will be allowed to write about any element of world archaeology that interests them.

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Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Topics to be covered will include: Early Hominids and the emergence of Homo sapiens;The Middle and Upper Palaeolithic; The Mesolithic and Post-Pleistocene hunter gatherer adaptations; Introduction of Agriculture; Africa and Australia; Civilisations of Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt; The European Neolithic and Bronze Age; the civilisations of Asia and the Americas. The final two weeks of class will be devoted to student presentations fo their essay research.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Mid-term Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 7 1,2,3,4,5
2 Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5
3 Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2018-02-01 The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies Thames and Hudson Ltd
ISBN 0500294208 ISBN-13 9780500294208

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

The Human Past edited by Chris Scarre ISBN: 0-500-28531-4

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Additional Information