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Ancient History and Archaeology (3 Years) [BA]

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Course description

'Throughout the entire degree you will have the opportunity to study ancient languages as part of your programme, or else select more fieldwork-based or optional modulesBA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology is a joint degree which combines two disciplines and provides students with a knowledge of two complementary approaches to the past. Students are provided with training in essential historical skills and given a broad background to the classical history of the Mediterranean World (including Greek and Roman history, theory and methodology) and a global view of archaeology (Old and New World from the Neolithic to the post-Medieval period, as well as theory and practice of archaeology).

Aims

The course aims to:

  • develop and encourage students' interest in thepast;
  • train students in the critical study of historical documents and the techniques and methods of archaeology;
  • provide a broadly-based and challenging curriculum including course units that are innovative and stimulating, draw upon the research expertise of the teaching staff, and are examined by a range of methods of assessment;
  • introduce students, within the context of specific historical and archaeological courses, to a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies;
  • help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study;
  • produce graduates with the transferable skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.

Special features

  • Fieldwork is a central component of archaeology programmes; two weeks of excavation are compulsory at both first- and second-year level and we encourage you to seek further training throughout your degree
  • Opportunities for fieldwork are offered in Britain (e.g. Manchester, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Scotland, Southern England) and abroad (e.g. Cyprus, Turkey, Ghana and Easter Island).

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Sweden) and the Worldwide Exchange scheme (eg. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore). For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/studyabroad/

Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching methods are used, including teaching by seminar, lectures, individual supervision of dissertations and fieldwork. The precise methods depend on the programme you are taking. Archaeology fieldwork includes one day site visits as well as extensive periods of excavation in locations as close as Stonehenge and Orkney and as distant as Africa and the Middle East. The School subsidises the cost of fieldwork.

Coursework and assessment

A broad range of coursework involving lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, group work and projects and individual research through the preparation of a portfolio and dissertation. Archaeological field training involves a variety of assessment over a range of skills and techniques.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to World ArchaeologyARGY1013120Mandatory
Constructing Archaic Greek HistoryCLAH1001120Mandatory
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BCCLAH1002220Mandatory
Living and Dying in the Ancient WorldSALC1012220Mandatory
History of ArchaeologyARGY1006120Optional
Introduction to European ArchaeologyARGY1012220Optional
Introduction to Archaeological PracticeARGY1050120Optional
CatullusCLAH1000220Optional
The OdysseyCLAH1010120Optional
From Pillar to Pots: An Introduction to Greek Art and ArchaeologyCLAH1012120Optional
Living and Dying in the Ancient WorldSALC1012220Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental ImpactUCOL1330110Optional
Leadership of LearningUCOL2000110Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit UnitUCOL2002020Optional
Leadership in Action UnitUCOL2002110Optional
Leadership in Action UnitUCOL2002210Optional
Leadership in Action Online UnitUCOL2003110Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental HistoryUCOL2009210Optional
Science, the Media and the PublicUCOL2018110Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in BiologyUCOL2088210Optional
Leadership of LearningUCOL2100210Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising WorldUCOL2110210Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and BiomedicineUCOL2120210Optional
Communicating with ConfidenceUCOL2130110Optional
Communicating with ConfidenceUCOL2130210Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable SocietyUCOL2140110Optional
Future CitiesUCOL2150110Optional
Free ThinkingUCOL2160110Optional
Security and SurveillanceUCOL2170120Optional
Body, Health and Well-BeingUCOL2180210Optional
Global Health Challenges in an Unequal WorldUCOL2190210Optional
Essential EnterpriseUCOL2200110Optional
Intercultural CommunicationUCOL2210210Optional
Engaging CommunitiesUCOL2220210Optional
Collecting and Exhibiting CultureUCOL2230210Optional
Becoming GlobalUCOL2250110Optional
Ethical and Sustainable Business EnterpriseUCOL2260210Optional
The Golden Empire: Investigating Egypt's 18th DynastyUCOL2280110Optional
Building Ancient Egypt: The Technology of the Dynastic AgeUCOL2290210Optional
Science & Humanities: Bridging the 'Two Cultures'UCOL2300110Optional
Figuring out Society: Data in the NewsUCOL2300210Optional
Disability and Society: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesUCOL2320210Optional
The Art of EnterpriseUCOL2400210Optional
The Digital SocietyUCOL2500210Optional
"You can't say that!"UCOL2800210Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of TodayUCOL2900210Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB)UCOL2951210Optional
Displaying 10 of 47 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Archaeology Long EssayARGY2000120Optional
Roman Archaeology: Identity and SocietyARGY2004220Optional
Data Processing and Quantitative AnalysisARGY2008220Optional
Theory and Philosophy of ArchaeologyARGY2011120Optional
Introduction to African ArchaeologyARGY2019220Optional
Fieldwork, Practice and InterpretationARGY2050220Optional
European PrehistoryARGY2093220Optional
Changing Worlds in the Near East and East MediterraneanARGY2094120Optional
Material Worlds: objects, architecture, landscapeARGY2095120Optional
Pacific and Australian ArchaeologyARGY2096120Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden AgeCLAH2005120Optional
Politics and Society in Classical GreeceCLAH2006220Optional
Intensive Greek 1CLAH2015120Optional
Intensive Latin 1CLAH2017120Optional
Classics and Ancient History Long EssayCLAH2039020Optional
Classics and Ancient History Long EssayCLAH2039120Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1CLAH3011020Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1CLAH3012020Optional
Intensive Greek 2CLAH3016220Optional
Intensive Latin 2CLAH3018220Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2CLAH3021020Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2CLAH3022020Optional
Careers and Project Management Skills for Arts, Languages and CulturesSALC2040120Optional
Careers and Project Management Skills for Arts, Languages and CulturesSALC2040220Optional
Enquiring Minds, Amazing Finds: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Material CultureSALC2101220Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental ImpactUCOL1330110Optional
Leadership of LearningUCOL2000110Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit UnitUCOL2002020Optional
Leadership in Action UnitUCOL2002110Optional
Leadership in Action UnitUCOL2002210Optional
Leadership in Action Online UnitUCOL2003110Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental HistoryUCOL2009210Optional
Science, the Media and the PublicUCOL2018110Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in BiologyUCOL2088210Optional
Leadership of LearningUCOL2100210Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising WorldUCOL2110210Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and BiomedicineUCOL2120210Optional
Communicating with ConfidenceUCOL2130110Optional
Communicating with ConfidenceUCOL2130210Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable SocietyUCOL2140110Optional
Future CitiesUCOL2150110Optional
Free ThinkingUCOL2160110Optional
Security and SurveillanceUCOL2170120Optional
Body, Health and Well-BeingUCOL2180210Optional
Global Health Challenges in an Unequal WorldUCOL2190210Optional
Essential EnterpriseUCOL2200110Optional
Intercultural CommunicationUCOL2210210Optional
Engaging CommunitiesUCOL2220210Optional
Collecting and Exhibiting CultureUCOL2230210Optional
Becoming GlobalUCOL2250110Optional
Ethical and Sustainable Business EnterpriseUCOL2260210Optional
The Golden Empire: Investigating Egypt's 18th DynastyUCOL2280110Optional
Building Ancient Egypt: The Technology of the Dynastic AgeUCOL2290210Optional
Science & Humanities: Bridging the 'Two Cultures'UCOL2300110Optional
Figuring out Society: Data in the NewsUCOL2300210Optional
Disability and Society: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesUCOL2320210Optional
The Art of EnterpriseUCOL2400210Optional
The Digital SocietyUCOL2500210Optional
"You can't say that!"UCOL2800210Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of TodayUCOL2900210Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB)UCOL2951210Optional
Displaying 10 of 61 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Issues and Controversies in Ancient History and ArchaeologyARGY3001120Mandatory
DissertationARGY3000040Optional
Neolithic BritainARGY3013220Optional
The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Sanctuaries and Politics in Minoan CreteARGY3022220Optional
Empire, Industry and the Modern EraARGY3024120Optional
The Ritual Life of MonumentsARGY3025120Optional
Theory and Practice in ArchaeologyARGY3050220Optional
Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic EuropeARGY3056220Optional
Dealing with the Dead: The Archaeology of Death and BurialARGY3072120Optional
Dealing with the Dead: The Archaeology of Death and BurialARGY3072220Optional
DissertationCLAH3003040Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West FrontiersCLAH3088120Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek WorldCLAH3099220Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental ImpactUCOL1330110Optional
Leadership of LearningUCOL2000110Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit UnitUCOL2002020Optional
Leadership in Action UnitUCOL2002110Optional
Leadership in Action UnitUCOL2002210Optional
Leadership in Action Online UnitUCOL2003110Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental HistoryUCOL2009210Optional
Science, the Media and the PublicUCOL2018110Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in BiologyUCOL2088210Optional
Leadership of LearningUCOL2100210Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising WorldUCOL2110210Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and BiomedicineUCOL2120210Optional
Communicating with ConfidenceUCOL2130110Optional
Communicating with ConfidenceUCOL2130210Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable SocietyUCOL2140110Optional
Future CitiesUCOL2150110Optional
Free ThinkingUCOL2160110Optional
Security and SurveillanceUCOL2170120Optional
Body, Health and Well-BeingUCOL2180210Optional
Global Health Challenges in an Unequal WorldUCOL2190210Optional
Essential EnterpriseUCOL2200110Optional
Intercultural CommunicationUCOL2210210Optional
Engaging CommunitiesUCOL2220210Optional
Collecting and Exhibiting CultureUCOL2230210Optional
Becoming GlobalUCOL2250110Optional
Ethical and Sustainable Business EnterpriseUCOL2260210Optional
The Golden Empire: Investigating Egypt's 18th DynastyUCOL2280110Optional
Building Ancient Egypt: The Technology of the Dynastic AgeUCOL2290210Optional
Science & Humanities: Bridging the 'Two Cultures'UCOL2300110Optional
Figuring out Society: Data in the NewsUCOL2300210Optional
Disability and Society: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesUCOL2320210Optional
The Art of EnterpriseUCOL2400210Optional
The Digital SocietyUCOL2500210Optional
"You can't say that!"UCOL2800210Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of TodayUCOL2900210Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB)UCOL2951210Optional
Displaying 10 of 49 course units for year 3

What our students say

The best thing about studying Ancient History and Archaeology is that the broad nature of the topic gives me a better understanding of the world around me today, and how to think deeply about how the problems of today's world can be better solved. (Matthew Stephen Riley, BA Ancient History and Archaeology)

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email: dso@manchester.ac.uk