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Research Seminar: The Deep History of Europe and Eurasia

Vak
2020-2021

Admission requirements

Admission to the Research Master Archaeology programme.

Description

The focus is on major themes relating to the prehistory of Europe and Eurasia, and related to key research of our staff.
Students are involved in real research practices, which include complex data analyses, fieldwork, and frontier research.

You carry out a research assignment that is related to ongoing research projects. The seminars generally start in block 2 and the research project ends in block 3.
Apart from writing a research paper, you present your results in a joint meeting with research students and members of staff.

Set-up of the course

There are weekly meetings in which the topic is introduced. Students are assigned a specific research topic. We convene weekly to discuss progress of students' research, present midterm results and discuss relevant new literature.

Course objectives

  • Detailed knowledge of the period, region, research problems, recent literature and current issues under consideration;

  • Knowledge of and insight in setting up, structuring and executing academic research projects;

  • Insight in how high-ranking research is conducted;

  • Critical assessment of current research with respect to applicability and background;

  • Ability to voice one’s well-argumented opinion on these topics;

  • Ability to design and conduct research;

  • Generation of new knowledge;

  • Insight in the applicability of theoretical models on data;

  • Oral presentation of research;

  • Development of well-argumented texts on research;

  • Ability to critically review one‘s own research and that of fellow students in a constructive manner.

Timetable

Course schedule details can be found in the RMA and RMSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Seminar, weekly meetings including discussions, student presentations and feed-back sessions.

Course load

  • 28 hours of lectures and discussion (2 ec);

  • 240 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • Research essay of 8,000 words (4 ec);

  • Data collection, data exploration and analysis, making figures, charts, maps and tables (2 ec).

Assessment method

  • Discussion (30%);

  • Research papers (60%);

  • Presentations (10%).

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the RMA and RMSc examination schedule.

Reading list

The reading list will be published on Brightspace.

Registration

Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.

Contact

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. D.R. (David) Fontijn.

Remarks

Compulsory attendance.