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Birkbeck, University of London

History and Archaeology

UCAS Code: VV14

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Archaeology

History

Our BA History and Archaeology will equip you to study the past through both texts and objects. This course teaches you how to use a range of evidence - from prehistoric pottery to Greek sculpture, and Roman coins to medieval manuscripts - to explore the past. You will gain practical archaeological experience by participating in a fieldschool, and acquire critical and analytical skills by studying and comparing data and methods from the two disciplines of history and archaeology.

This course tackles big historical questions, exploring people’s lives in different times and places and the ways in which the past continues to shape our future. You will learn to combine written sources and archaeological data to gain insight into periods of your choice, ranging from the ancient Mediterranean to early modern Europe. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will receive practical training in archaeological fieldwork and artefact-handling sessions.

This course is ideal if you have a keen interest in understanding human experiences and thoughts in the changing historical contexts of society and culture. We encourage you to draw on texts, images and material sources to question accepted interpretations, engage in fruitful debate, and present your own explanations.

Highlights

- In the 2017 National Student Survey, our history and archaeology courses came top in London for teaching and for overall course satisfaction, and sixth in the country for teaching.

- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

- Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

- Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.

- The Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Modules

This structured programme of taught modules is designed to develop historical and archaeological understanding and critical skills. The study of history and archaeology develops the ability to understand how people lived, acted and thought in the past. We encourage you to assess written and material evidence and to question accepted histories, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument. The course includes a wide variety of options across a historical span of 25 centuries, from the Ancient Greek world to the history of modern prostitution, and from the court of Louis XIV to 20th China.

The programme consists of 11 modules, making a total of 360 credits.

In Year 1, you take three compulsory modules, including a Fieldschool module, and one Level 4 option module.

In Year 2, you take one compulsory module and three Level 5 option modules, one of which may be a Fieldschool module.

In Year 3, you take two Level 6 option modules, and you write a dissertation.

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Approaching the Past;
Discovering Archaeology: From Field to Finds Room.

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Exploring the Past.

YEAR 3 COMPULSORY MODULE:

Writing the Past: Dissertation.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 4 OPTION MODULES:

The Ancient World;
The Archaeology of Greece and Rome;
The Contemporary World;
The Early Modern World, 1500-1750;
The Medieval World: From Constantine to the Khans;
The Modern World.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 5 OPTION MODULES:

Beginnings: The Archaeology of Prehistory;
Between God and Rome: the Byzantine Empire 307-1453;
Cultural Interaction in the Archaic Greek World;
Fieldschool: Buried Humanities;
Journeys to the Underworld in Classical Literature and Culture;
Living in the Middle Ages: from Cookery to Castles;
Under the Volcano - the First and Last Days of Pompeii.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 6 OPTION MODULES:

Bioarchaeology;
Body Politics: Health, Illness and Death in Britain;
Crime, Poverty and Popular Protest in England, 1500-1800;
Family, Society and Culture in Britain 1832-1918;
Later Medieval London 1450-1560: Community Politics and Religion;
Literature, Culture and Society 1914-1945;
Sexuality, Society and the State in Britain, 1914-2000;
The Archaeology of Human Evolution;
The Athenian Empire;
The Colonial Gaze: Western Perceptions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 1600-1960;
The Empire of Letters: Correspondence in the Roman World.

Assessment methods

Examinations at the end of each academic year, coursework and a dissertation written in the final year.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

History, Classics and Archaeology

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Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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