ARMINT-International Study (Erasmus)

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

Module Convenor: Dr Aleks Pluskowski


Summary module description:
This module enables students to experience the teaching of medieval archaeology (and more broadly medieval studies) in a foreign institution, and in particular to contribute towards developing their chosen dissertation topic.

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity develop their research skills in pursuit of topics focusing on medieval archaeology outside the UK, particularly in partnership with the Department of Medieval Studies in the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. It also involves experiencing and learning about different approaches to medieval archaeology. This module involves spending the summer term at a university abroad which has an ERASMUS (or other kind of) exchange agreement with the University of Reading - in this case the CEU - following modules at the host university in archaeology and/or related subjects at MA level. A written assignment assessed by Reading is the only requirement linked to the credits for this module, however it is anticipated that students will use this module to contribute to developing their dissertation.

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

  • locate and assemble data from a variety of sources in information storage and retrieval systems typical of the host country;

  • extract and collate information from sources in a variety of languages;

  • understand and critically appraise theoretical and practical approaches to medieval archaeology in other European regions;

  • to demonstrate independent learning and to articulate an argument based on the above in writing, through coursework.

Additional outcomes:
The exchange requires the student to understand, and live in, a different country and adapt to its culture and norms. It also encourages the student to use his or her communication skills and language abilities to settle in the host country, identify study requirements of the host institution, and to develop self-reliance, initiative and problem-solving skills when coping with the demands of everyday life and university study in a foreign country. The student will also be able to identify and critically assess the key differences between archaeological perspectives in Britain and those of the host country.

Outline content:
The module is based on Erasmus exchange programme with the Central European University in Budapest. The purpose of the module is to provide students working on relevant dissertations with an opportunity to engage with CEU staff working with medieval topics from an inter-disciplinary perspective, participate in lectures and seminars and use the CEU's resources to pursue independent study. In addition to contributing to the dissertation, this module requires students to submit an essay (worth 20 credits) on contrasting approaches to medieval archaeology, which will be marked and accredited at Reading.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
200 hours form the assessment criteria, whilst the student is expected to spend up to 600 hours at the host institution to qualify for support from the Erasmus mobility scheme. Teaching methods include illustrated lectures, seminar presentations based on reading assignments and individual tutorials, as well as opportunities for study visits.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Year aboad 200
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
As per requirements and regulations of the host institution, with the exception of the essay submitted by e-mail to the Department of Archaeology.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Assignment to be resubmitted in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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