- Code ARCH6037
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Archaeology
- Areas of interest Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History , History, European Studies, Heritage Studies
The first millennium CE was a turbulent period in western Eurasia: Empires formed and crumbled, new social formations emerged, new technologies were invented, and the seeds of the modern world were planted. In this course, students will explore the shifting social, political and ideological conformations of first millennium CE Europe through the lens of the archaeological record.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically evaluate key social, political, and cultural developments in first millennium CE Europe;
- analyse the catalysts driving social and economic life in Europe in the first millennium CE;
- explain major concepts, sites, and archaeological assemblages in the context of early medieval societies;
- think, write and argue with the major concepts, themes and theories relevant to first millennium CE Europe using supporting evidence from the archaeological record; and
- engage critically with key debates and controversies in early Medieval European studies.
- Two Guided tutorial discussions, 5% (each) (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Research proposal (ca 1000 words) (15) [LO 1,4,5]
- Annotated Bibliography of 15 sources (ca. 1500 words) (25) [LO 3,4,5]
- Research Podcast (15 minutes) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Podcast reflection (1000 words) (10) [LO 4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 18 hours of recorded lectures and other prepared online resources
b) 24 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities over 12 weeks
b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Cunliffe, B.W. 2008. Europe between the oceans: themes and variations 9000 BC to AD 1000. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Cunliffe, B.W. 2017. By steppe, desert, and ocean: the birth of Eurasia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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