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Current issues in Quaternary research

Vak 2017-2018

Admission requirements

BA or BSc degree in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.

Description

The idea behind this course is for it to act as a bridge from student to early career academic. You will be exposed to a conference setting. You will research a topic, write an essay, an extended abstract, produce a PowerPoint presentation, and deliver the presentation to an audience. Students who are not presenting will read the relevant literature provided by the speaking students, and ask the speakers questions.

During the course, 3 mini conferences will take place, relating to current Quaternary research and climate change in the Middle and Late Pleistocene and Holocene in Europe. A visiting senior academic, active in the investigation of climate change of the 3 periods, will be present at each mini conference. This senior academic will also present, ask questions, and participate in the resulting discussions.

Course objectives

  • To gain up-to-date knowledge of climate change during the past 1 million years in Europe, and to understand its relevance to hominins and humans;
  • Ability to independently research literature on a given theme;
  • To understand (recent) geological climate fluctuations and their relationship to present climate change and climate forecasts;
  • Ability to critically assess current research on climate fluctuations, present the outcome, and voice one’s own properly argumented opinion;
  • Ability to present and write a thematic essay that contains a critical assessment of the literature, and includes the student’s own properly argumented opinion.

Timetable

Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Self-instruction under supervision;
  • In a conference setting: discuss, ask questions, and deliver an oral presentation on a theme.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14 hours of seminars (1 ec);
  • Ca. 280 pages of literature (2 ec);
  • Presentation (1 ec);
  • Essay of c. 1,500 words (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Active participation (30%);
  • Presentation (PowerPoint and skills) (30%);
  • Essay (40%).

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the MA and MSc examination schedule.

Reading list

To be compiled by the students.

Registration

Registration for the course or the exam is not required.

Contact

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. T. van Kolfschoten or dr. M.H. Field.

Remarks

Compulsory attendance.