THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCE: HOLISTIC APPROACHES

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MMV212054
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject History
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This course will provide an introduction to archaeology as a resource for heritage management and interpretation of the the historic environment. Students will be introduced to a variety of historical perspectives and philosophical approaches to landscape and the environment. A key focus of this module will be the impact and interaction of humans with their environment in a variety of theoretical contexts. A chronology and thematic consideration of landscape and material culture will be offered

Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following six areas: - An introduction to key concepts of landscape, material culture and the influence of ideological and philosophical views on landscape.- Using and managing the archaeological resource.- The notion of 'scapes'. Perceptions of Landscape.- Material Culure, architecture and the built environment. - Application and Analysis: Case studies in landscape literature.- Investigating the Past: Recording, surveying and data management within the historic enviroment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to : - display a critical understanding of archaeology, landscape and material culture with particular reference to the management of heritage.o access and demonstrate the potential of this resource as a tool for the interpretation of heritage and as a means to engage with multiple audiences.- appreciate alternative understandings and uses of the resource in a global setting.- interpret the impact of human interaction in multiple landscapes.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A series of lectures and directed readings to introduce alternative disciplines and understandings in material culture and landscape sudies will form the core themes. Field trips and invited speakers will form an important component of this course. Students will be expected to complete a group project focussing on the identification and interpretation of a landscape. This project will entail group and individual work and will culminate in a written presentation.

Indicative Reading

Buchli, V. (ed.) (2002) The Material Culture Reader. Oxford, Berg.Carman, J. (2003) Archaeology and Heritage . London, ContinuumChitty, G. & Baker, D. (eds.) (1999) Managing historic sites and buildings. London, Routledge.Grant, J., Gorin, S. & Fleming, N. (2002) The Archaeology Coursebook: an introduction to study skills, topics and methods. London, RoutledgeGrenville, J. (ed.) (1999) Managing the historic rural landscape. London, Routledge.Goldsmith and Warren (1983) Conservation in Perspective. London, Wiley. Gouldie, Andrew (1989) The Human Impact on the Natural Environment. Blackwell. Mannion A. M. (1997) Global Environmental Change: A Natural and Cultural Environmental History, 2nd ed, Longman Transport and the Environment, Taylor et al, (1996) - OFFPRINT - 2838Roberts, N. (1996) The Human Transformation of the Earth's Surface, International Social Science Journal - OFFPRINT- 2829Skeates, R. (2000) Debating the archaeological heritage. London, Duckworth.Tivy, J. and O'Hare, G. (1995) Human Impact on the Ecosystem. Oliver and Boyd, Harlow. Warren, A. & Goldsmith, F.B. (eds)(1993) Conservation in Progress. London, Wiley. International Social Science Journal, Dec 1996, No 150. London, Blackwell.

Transferrable Skills

Students will acquire the following transferable skills:- Critical awareness of the components of the archaeological resource.- Understand the geographic contexts of elements of the heritage landscape.- The ability to undertake cross-disciplinary research and to utilise curatorial resources and records for the purpose of heritage management and interpretation.- An ability to handle complex material from both theoretical and management perspectives.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Directed Reading 14.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 50.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% Group project with individual report