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Empires of Improvement - ARC00023M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jonathan Finch
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module will examine largely through buildings, monuments and landscapes the issues of production, social control, and meaning. Case studies will focus on Britain, but with an international comparative dimension. The ways in which historical archaeology operates within planning and development, and public interpretation, will be explored.


  • To understand the contemporary role of historical archaeology
  • To introduce and explore the main themes current in historical archaeology in an international context.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Knowledge of the role of historical archaeology today
  • Deeper understanding of the methods, theories and approaches commonly applied in historical archaeology
  • Knowledge of case studies from Britain and around the world relating to buildings, monuments and landscapes

Academic and graduate skills

  • Development of transferable skills in small group work and oral presentations


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - Issues in Historical Archaeology 2
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - Issues in Historical Archaeology 2
N/A 100

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