Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT3015: The Deep Past, History and Humanity

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will cover five overlapping debates concerning the natures of history, historical knowledge and humanity. The aim is to introduce you to philosophical, archaeological and historiographical considerations of epistemology and method with the skills required to critically engage and reflect upon those considerations. In addition to theoretical knowledge and skills, you will also learn how to incorporate case studies into critical analysis. Some of the lectures will include input from practicing archaeologists, and there will likely be a field trip to tour a museum or a dig.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate deep understanding of contemporary debates about historical science and historical knowledge.
2. Critically engage with a case study from humanity’s deep past and how it relates to contemporary philosophical disputes.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate a thorough capacity to analyse and critique arguments and positions
4. Synthesize theoretical and empirical information in illuminating ways.
Personal and Key Skills5. Critically integrate different disciplinary approaches.
6. Demonstrate clear, concise and effective writing and analysis.
7. Conduct independent research which engages with complex ideas.