Undergraduate modules in heritage available to BA History and Scottish History students

ARTUHX5 Heritage Protection: Theory and Practice: The aim of this core module is to identify and assess what holistic protection of the historic environment, particularly archaeology, involves. It seeks to develop and deepen heritage-specific knowledge and skills, building on the natural heritage focus of earlier courses, and to help extend further a range of transferable skills. The module will include coverage of what form the relevant historic environment takes, and past, present and future strategies for its successful protection. It will consider the role of an evidence base, appropriate responses to this, and the sorts of supporting actions that may also be necessary. The emphasis will be on the UK, while learning from examples of best practice from elsewhere.

HISUJ06 Picts in Perspective: Archaeology and the Historian: The aim of this module is to explore the evidence for the Picts, one of the early medieval peoples of north Britain, in the context of their neighbours and contemporary Europe more generally. Working in an early historic period, it seeks to develop new disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, which are a pre-requisite for studying the first millennium AD, and to help extend further a range of transferable skills. Archaeological, art historical, historic and place-name sources and approaches will be used to critically assess our understanding of the Picts and their neighbours, and to establish the relevance of their study for European archaeology more widely. The evidence for the early church will be a substantive theme. Throughout, the module will focus on the challenges and opportunities of working with different sorts of evidence, and different approaches to that evidence. The module will also consider the more recent historiography of the Picts and their neighbours, as well as modern uses of them in interpreting and presenting Scotland’s past to the public.

Module handbooks provide full details of the intended learning outcomes.

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