(LO1) Students successfully completing the module will achieve an understanding of key research issues in the Neolithic of Europe and the Near East as well as the origins of agriculture more generally. They will have engaged with some of the relevant primary source material/data relevant to these issues. They will themselves have conducted research relevant to these issues on a small scale. Students successfully completing the module will appreciate some of the methodological issues of using archaeological evidence as sources for understanding such early societies.
(LO2) Students successfully completing the module will achieve an understanding of when sedentism and farming appeared, why they might have appeared and how human societies responded to their new opportunities and pressures.
(LO3) Students successfully completing the module will develop an understanding of the problems and potential of a range of research tools available to archaeology in gaining an understanding of changes in human behaviour in the Neolithic and knowledge of ancillary disciplines relating to human palaeoecology, archaeobotany and archaeozoology.
(LO4) Students successfully completing the module will further develop critical and analytical approaches to evidence and the combined use of different sources of evidence.
(LO5) Students successfully completing the module will further develop their ability to construct and express effective verbal and written argument.
(LO6) The module also enables students to foster transferable skills (not all directly tested in the assessment), e.g. listening and note-taking skills; analytical reading; identification, recall and deployment of material relevant to a particular question; awareness of controversy in technical literature; succinct written exposition; succinct oral presentation and discussion of prepared material; time-management.
(S1) Research skills - All Information skills
(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.
(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.
(S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.
(S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation.
(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.
(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.
(S8) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity.