Assessed Seminars: Archaeology of British Christianity - ARC00020H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Aleksandra McClain
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

Christianity has been a driving force in the development of material culture, the built environment, landscapes, and social relationships in Britain from the Roman period to the modern day. The importance of Christianity to the formation of British society and culture cannot be underestimated--its precepts have a bearing on almost every important stage in human life, from birth to death. And the parish churches, cathedrals, and monasteries built for worship occupied central places in almost every rural and urban settlement, and still often do. This module gives students the opportunity to explore the archaeology of the Christian religion in the British Isles through particular themes, materials, or time periods that interest them. Seminars and class discussion will encourage consideration of the role of archaeological method and theory in the study of Christian remains, and will address the role of interdisciplinarity in a field that is equally relevant to archaeology, history, art history, and sociology.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

The ‘Archaeology of British Christianity’ module aims to give students an understanding of the material culture of Christianity in the British Isles from the Roman period to the 21st century, including parish churches, cathedrals, monasteries, funerary monuments, liturgical and devotional art and artefacts, and Christian landscapes. The seminars will also address wider questions about Christianity’s impact on society and how that has changed over time, including the exercise of religious and lay authority, the definition of secular and sacred space, the development and display of personal and group religious identities, and the role of Christian belief in structuring perception and action in life and death.

In addition, the seminars will enable students to explore the relevance of the archaeology of religion to methodological and theoretical debates in the discipline, including the relationships between material and documentary evidence, medieval and post-medieval archaeology, local communities and public heritage, and archaeology and conservation. The seminars will also focus on inter- and multidisciplinary approaches, allowing students to explore the relative values of archaeological, architectural, art historical, and historical study of the same subject area.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

  • demonstrate that they are familiar with the literature on the archaeology of British Christianity
  • exhibit a firm understanding of the theoretical, ethical and methodological issues related to the archaeological study of British Christianity
  • have demonstrated that they are familiar with a range of case studies
  • pick out the key issues in their chosen topic
  • prepare a worksheet which sets out key reading and issues for presentation, debate and discussion, and support the group in the preparation of the seminar
  • chair a seminar, engage interest in the topic, stimulate debate and structure discussion
  • have a critical awareness of the process of collective debate on a specific topic
  • be able to judge the general success of the seminar, and to be able to reflect on this, through a written summary of a seminar
  • present PowerPoint presentations on other subjects within the general theme and contribute informed ideas and information to the other seminars

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Critique
N/A 15
Essay/coursework
Seminar Contribution
N/A 5
Essay/coursework
Seminar Worksheet
N/A 20
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Chaired Seminar
N/A 20
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation 1
N/A 20
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation 2
N/A 20

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Critique
N/A 15
Essay/coursework
Seminar Worksheet
N/A 20
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Chaired Seminar
N/A 20
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation 1
N/A 20
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation 2
N/A 20

Module feedback

Processes for written and verbal feedback are detailed on our deadlines pages:

Formative assessment.

Summative assessment.

Indicative reading

Reading is accessible via the module web pages or VLE.



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