Historic Landscapes: Archaeologies of the Medieval & Modern Scottish Countryside

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Historic Landscapes: Archaeologies of the Medieval & Modern Scottish Countryside

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description
    This course concerns the archaeology and history of Scottish rural society in the period from the 12th century A.D. to the present; the theories and practices through which historic landscapes are investigated and interpreted; and the values and meanings attached to historic rural landscapes in present-day society.
    Coursework: One 2500 word essay (30%);
    worksheet (10%);
    15 minute presentation (10%);
    Examination: one two-hour examination (50%)
    Main Assessment In: April/May
    Course Aims
    This course will provide the opportunity to:
    - provide an overview of the development and character of Scottish historic landscapes and of different approaches to their study and interpretation;
    - explore the interpretation and analysis of historic landscapes by applying theories and methods to specific cases;
    - develop understanding of the range of evidence available for the study of Scotland's historic landscapes and of the potential of inter-disciplinary research in this subject area;
    - examine varied and contested present-day understandings of Scotland's rural past and contextualise different perceptions of the historic landscape by relating them to contemporary political, social and environmental concerns;
    - offer opportunities and contexts for students to develop transferable skills of analysis, research, presentation and communication, and group working.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    By the end of this course, students will be able to:
    - demonstrate knowledge of the principal characteristics of Scottish medieval and modern rural archaeology;
    - summarise, contextualise and critically evaluate different interpretative and methodological approaches to the historic landscape;
    - demonstrate knowledge of the range of evidence relevant to this subject and a critical appreciation of archaeology's relationships with cognate disciplines in this instance;
    - describe different present-day perceptions of the historic Scottish landscape and situate these in relation to wider political, social and environmental issues;
    - show competence, appropriate to the level of study, in the written and oral communication of arguments on prescribed topics.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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