AR2M7-Europe transformed: people and power, AD1000-1600

Module Provider: Archaeology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Grenville Astill


Summary module description:
This single-term module gives students an appreciation of how archaeology has changed our understanding of the major social, economic and cultural changes in western Europe in the Later Middle Ages (AD1000-1600). It is taught in lectures with subsidiary seminars, and is assessed by an essay and a written examination.

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of how archaeological evidence has changed the interpretation of society and economy of northern Europe between c. 1000 and 1600.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

- identify and discuss the main issues and events of the period
- demonstrate an understanding of how archaeology engages with other disciplines to reconstruct the middle ages, and an awareness of the diversity of sources used by medieval archaeologists
- identify and compare developments in Britain and continental northern Europe
- organise their material and construct an effective argument in writing, both in coursework essays and examination answers.

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to develop oral communication skills, team-working and problem-solving in group seminars, and students will also have the opportunity for self-study.

Outline content:
The module covers the period from c. 1000 - c. 1600 and will review the impact archaeology has had on the study of the later middle ages. The following themes - the rural landscape, urbanisation, the practice of religion, death, health and standards of living, fortification and industry - will be approached through a consideration of the lifestyles of the main socio-economic groups of the medieval population: those who laboured, who prayed, who fought and who traded.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and two seminars to discuss particular topics/issues (both of which will be based on guided self-study). You will receive feedback for your seminar contribution and your essay. There is a revision class in the Summer term. You will also be expected to devote a further 170 hours in guided study, for example 30 hours reading and note taking from key texts each week; 30 hours in reading and writing your essay; 90 hours in background and reinforcement reading for lectures (e.g. 9 hours per topic); 20 hours revision; 2 hours examination in the Summer Term.

Introductory Reading
Carver, M. and Klapste, J. (eds) 2011. The Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Vol 2; Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries AD.

Austin, D. and Alcock, L. (eds) 1990. From the Baltic to the Black Sea: Studies in Medieval Archaeology.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Seminars 4 2
Guided independent study 150 28
Total hours by term 170.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Written assignment including essay 60

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One unseen two-hour paper, to be taken at the time of Part 2 examinations

    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination and/or re-submission of coursework in August/September

    Last updated: 6 April 2016

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