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Themes in Prehistory - ARC00015I

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Aleksandra McClain
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

The aim of this module is to build on Year 1 modules and to provide students with both a broader and more in-depth understanding of Prehistory. The module will focus on four periods of time within Prehistory, and these periods will be linked together through the study of a series of important archaeological themes: settlement, symbolism, environment and ecology and social relationships.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of prehistory
  • Construct and communicate an in-depth critical argument that relates at least two periods of prehistory
  • Communicate complex ideas, discuss and defend arguments in seminars and presentations
  • Collaborate and support one another in seminars

Module content

This module is divided up into 4 blocks of teaching, which may include (indicative): Middle Palaeolithic, Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age. Each block will be organised by a member of staff who is an expert in the period. For each block there will be 4 x 1 hour lectures. In addition, the class will be divided into groups of c. 16 students for a 2 hour seminar each week. In these seminars students will be asked to give short (10-15 minute) presentations and there will be time for in depth discussion. At the end of the second block there will be a short formative essay. At the end of the module, students will write an in-depth essay on a particular period demonstrating more specialist knowledge.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 3000 Words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 3000 Words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Arrangements for the return of summative feedback are detailed on the deadlines page.

Indicative reading

Key texts are accessible through the module web pages and VLE.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.