Undergraduate course

Thematic specialization in archaeology in the period up to 500 BC

Level of Study


Teaching semester

This is an irregular course, usually offered in the Spring Term

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Objectives:The aim of the course is to allow the students to become proficient in relevant archaeological themes and periods from the development of the human being until 500 BCE.

When resources allow it, the department offers teaching in one or more themes. Specializations can change dependent on available resources for teaching and relevant research.

For description of themes given this semester, see: http://www.uib.no/fag/arkeologi/94054/temaomtale-ark112

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, the student has accomplished the following:


The student

  • has knowledge of central themes, theories, discussions, processes, tools and methods within the period until 500 BCE
  • has knowledge of research and development work within the period
  • can update their knowledge within the period
  • knows the history, traditions, distinctiveness and societal context of the period
  • has good knowledge and insight in the chosen topic.


The student

  • can use academic knowledge on practical and theoretical issues and explain their choices.
  • can reflect over their own academic practice and adjusting it under guidance
  • can find, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter and relate this to academic discussion
  • can use relevant academic tools, techniques and expressions that are relevant to research during the period until 500 BCE
  • can problematize and use relevant terminology and discuss archaeological representations within the subject
  • can evaluate and analyze literature and archaeological findings and be able to make independent assessments

General competence

The student

  • has knowledge of relevant academic and work ethical issues
  • can plan and carry out tasks and projects alone and in groups and in accordance with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • can present key subjects such as theories, issues and solutions, both written, verbal and through other relevant expression forms
  • can exchange views with others with background in the subject area and participate in discussions on the development of good practice
  • knows new thinking and innovation processes in the field of specialization
  • can engage in extensive literature, convey knowledge and viewpoints, and make own assessments in written work

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good knowledge of English is important.

Access to the Course


Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

6-10 lectures/seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student must participate in 80 per cent of the course activities.

Forms of Assessment

Take-home examination (5 days)

Grading Scale

A graded scale A-F, where A is the top grade and F is the failing grade.

Reading List

The department prepare readings list. The syllabus is about 1200 pages.

The reading list will be ready before 01.06 for the autumn semester and 01.12 for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

On a regular basis


Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR)


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    07.05.2018, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    14.05.2018, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam