Archaeological theory (BA3)

Course description Archaeological theory (BA3)
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 1043THEORY
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. T.D. Stek
  • M.K. Termeer Ph.D.
  • Dr. L.S. Borck
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 400
Period: Semester 1, Block II
Hours of study: 14:00 hrs
  • No Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Description

In this challenging course we discuss the development and use of archaeological theory. Rather than presenting the development of archaeological thought as linear (and implicitly progressive), we will delve into the pros and cons of different ways of approaching archaeological evidence by reading first-hand literature and practice in different case studies.

Critical reflections are practiced in weekly writing assignments and group discussions, which culminate in a final essay.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:

  • identify and explain the main developments and trends in archaeological theory, as discussed in this class
  • illustrate the historical context in which these theoretical trends developed
  • understand and summarize texts written by influential archaeological thinkers
  • appreciate and criticize the current relevance of these texts and the theoretical trends they belong to, both in spoken word (debate) and written word (essays)
  • apply relevant theoretical perspectives to his/her own research and write a scholarly essay on this topic

Timetable

Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Lectures.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7 classes (1 ec);
  • 280 pages literature (2 ec);
  • Weekly discussion in 6 short essays of 350 words and 1 final essay of 1,200 words (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Six short essays (maximum 350 words) during the course (50%);
  • Final essay of 1,200 words (50%).

Weekly submission of short essays (with the exception of week 1). The final essay of 1,200 words is scheduled on the website, and will be accepted only after submission of all 6 short essays. All essays must be submitted through Turnitin.

If a student fails the exam, there is an opportunity for a retake of the final essay only. This is only allowed when all essays during the course have been submitted and the attendance requirements have been fulfilled. The retake has the same form (essay of 1,200 words) and the topic is chosen by the course coordinator.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

  • B.G. Trigger, A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2006) [2nd ed.];
  • Selection of essays and chapters by various influential archaeologists.

The full reading list will be made available prior to the first meeting on Blackboard.

Registration

Registration for the course or the exam is not required.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Registration Contractonderwijs

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact

For more information about his course, please contact mw. dr. M.K. Termeer.

Remarks

Compulsory attendance.

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