Professor Baird's teaching deals with major developments in human social organisation first seen in the Near East between 18000 and 2000 BC, namely the appearance of the first sedentary, agricultural, urban, and state societies. A number of modules cover these topics. In addition he teaches aspects of Mediterranean archaeology and a number of aspects of archaeological methodologies. In particular he runs a module on the practical study of chipped stone and ceramics in archaeology. His thematic modules typically combine lectures, tutorials and seminars with an emphasis on small group debates. The practical module has a strong practical component where the application of general principals conveyed in lectures is played out through study of material by students guided by lecturer and graduate teaching assistants.