Research Design in Archaeology (ARCM110)

15 credits

This module provides you with a solid foundation in archaeological research skills and research design. This will be achieved through lectures and class discussions, where we will have the chance to examine different perspectives and approaches in detail. Starting with a brief history of modern archaeological thought, the module will soon move on to practical matters concerning the development of effective research designs suitable for a range of instances in archaeological research, from dissertations to funding or placement applications.

Knowledge about the foundational theoretical underpinnings of archaeological research and methods, as well as understanding of the practical issues related to effective problem-oriented research designs is essential for anyone entering archaeological practice in a variety of academic and non-academic settings. Critical analytical, synthesising and organisational skills deriving from the systematic study and application of these aspects can be useful for professional and personal development within a wider framework.