ARCH08024 2019 Advanced Topics in Archaeological Theory

General Details

Full Title
Advanced Topics in Archaeological Theory
Transcript Title
Advanced Topics in Archaeologi
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Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
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_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Applied Archaeology

This module builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Archaeological Theory. Each year this module will focus on the critical analysis of a number of recent and relevant archaeological texts. Students will apply their growing critical skills to the evaluation of the ideas and theories presented in these texts, leading to a greater understanding of the role of theory in archaeological interpretation. Reading lists will vary year to year.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify those portions of an archaeological text that are based on fact and which are based upon theoretical interpretation.


Appraise and critique archaeological texts from a theoretical perspective.


Evaluate the strength of a theoretical argument.


Effectively communicate theoretical concepts through both written and oral mediums.


Concisely summarise written texts.

Initiate independent research in the evaluation of archaeological theories.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning will involve weekly readings, student presentations and discussions. The final essay will be based upon the critique of an archaeological text of the student's choice.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessments are based on evaluating the necessary skills of critical reading and writing in addition to the expression of theoretical ideas in both verbal and written formats. Students will be expected to give at least 2 presentations and lead the subsequent discussions. In the final essay students will be given wide scope to explore any theoretical area that interests them most.

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

The syllabus will vary from year to year based upon the chosen reading list. Topics covered will include those from a range of theoretical perspectives including but not limited to, Processual/Post Processual Theory, Contextual Archaeology, Gender Archaeology, Cognitive Archaeology, Phenomenology, Landscape Archaeology and papers from related disciplines of History, Anthropology, Classics, Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Psychology.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentations Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Participation in discussions Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Essay 2500 words Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Seminar 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Readings will vary from year to year depending upon the topics covered.

Journal Resources

vary from year to year, provided by the lecturer

URL Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information

This module requires being timetabled in 2 hour weekly blocks to maximise the benefits of the group learning mode.