Each year of the programme carries 120 credit points. In first year students must take 40 credits of the level-eight archaeology courses, Archaeology 1A and Archaeology 1B, plus 40-credits Social Anthropology 1A: an Introduction and Social Anthropology 1B: the Practice of Social Anthropology plus 40 credits of outside subject(s). In second year students must take 40 credits of level-eight Archaeology courses, Archaeology 2A “Scotland before History” and Archaeology 2B “Archaeology in Action”, plus Social Anthropology 2: Into the Field (20 credits), Social and Political Enquiry 2 (20 credits) and Social and Political Theory 2 (20 credits) and 20 credits of an outside subject.
Progression to Honours normally requires successful completion of the first two years of the curriculum with an average mark for Archaeology 2A & 2B combined of 50% or higher at the first attempt, and a mark of 50% or higher at the first attempt in Social Anthropology 2, Social Enquiry 2 and Social and Political Theory 2. A student who does not achieve the 50% level may exceptionally be permitted to proceed to honours under College Regulation 1.12 (c).
In third year students take Theoretical Archaeology (20 credits) and (2) Archaeology in Practice (20 credits), and two of the following Social Anthropology courses to a value of 40 credits: Anthropological Theory; Consumption, Exchange, Technology; Kinship: Structure and Process; Ritual and Religion, plus further courses in Archaeology or Classical Archaeology or Social Anthropology (40 credits).Students proposing to write a Social Anthropology dissertation, are required to take Imagining Anthropological Research. In the final year opt to take a dissertation in either Archaeology or Social Anthropology and a further 80 credits.
The Dissertation is written on a subject chosen and researched by the student under the supervision of a member of staff and is regarded as a key indicator of the ability of the student to bring to bear all the skills promoted by this degree programme.
Students who wish to graduate with evidence of their practical archaeological experience, undertake ten weeks approved practical archaeological work during the vacations between the end of their second year (i.e. when they are admitted to honours) and the start of their final year and take the final year option, Archaeological Fieldwork. This course is assessed solely by coursework, which consists of a portfolio based on the practical work undertaken, giving both a factual record of the student’s practical experience and placing this work in its regional and theoretical archaeological context, and a seminar presentation, which is a critical analysis of one project attended in relation to other similar projects and to the broader theoretical concerns of the discipline as a whole.
- Certificate of Higher Education: year one.
- Diploma of Higher Education: year two.
- BA in Humanities and Social Science: year three (although entry to honours means the commencement of two years of integrated study leading to an honours degree and not all students will be qualified for the BA AHSS).
- MA Honours in Archaeology and Social Anthropology: year four .