Kuva: Adrianna Calvo

Issues in Maritime Archaeology

The course integrates various components of maritime archaeology and history ranging from watercrafts to landscapes.

Drawing on a range of thematic case studies, this course provides students with detailed understanding of the varied nature of maritime archaeology as an academic discipline within the sphere of human history and prehistory studies.

The course integrates various components of maritime archaeology and history ranging from Stone Age to modern periods. It examines current but also past debates associated with definitions and theories, focusses on a number of practices, techniques and methodologies, and illustrates different research avenues.

The core of the course are the seminars, and independent reading that allows students to actively participate in these seminars. Students will tackle challenging and perhaps unfamiliar topics through analysis, discussion and open debate. Through oral presentations and written work, they will develop skills of autonomous, self-motivated and self-regulated learners and communicators.

Aikataulu

Time and place: https://courses.helsinki.fi/en/kuma-ar311/130677954

Place: F115 (Arlapro), Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia).

Ilmoittautuminen ja opintomaksu

15 euros / cr. More information

Registration begins 45 days before the beginning of the course. The exact registration time is shown by clicking the Register button.

Please note:

  • The online registration is available for those who have Finnish identity number and an online banking ID.
  • If you don't have a Finnish identity number and / or an online banking ID, you should register at the Admission Services of University of Helsinki. See further information on registration
  • Students and international students at the University of Helsinki can enrol on the course with their University of Helsinki username.

Open University reserves the right to make changes to the study programme.

The course is organized in co-operation with the KUMA. KUMA arranges the course in which the Open University students attend. Open University students registrate themselves via Open University's study programme (Enrol).

Kuvaus

Open for everyone. It is first time after a very long time there is maritime archaeology course offered at the University of Helsinki. It is a seminar-based course that does not have a requirement of previous knowledge in archaeology – but it does entail a lot of independent work.

During the course, students will develop their autonomous learning skills while focussing on reading, presenting, discussing and writing. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to be knowledgeable of historical developments in and theoretical approaches to the maritime archaeological topics as well as to understand and critically analyse the academic research.

Students will learn how to develop scientific questions, how to discuss and voice their understanding and how to give and receive constructive feedback. Thereby, the course will ultimately provide a platform for independent research

Drawing on a range of thematic case studies, this course provides students with detailed understanding of the varied nature of maritime archaeology as an academic discipline within the sphere of human history and prehistory studies.

The course integrates various components of maritime archaeology and history ranging from watercrafts to landscapes, from Stone Age to modern periods. It examines current but also past debates associated with definitions and theories, focusses on a number of practices, techniques and methodologies, and illustrates different research avenues.

The core of the course are the seminars, and independent reading that allows students to actively participate in these seminars. Students will tackle challenging and perhaps unfamiliar topics through analysis, discussion and open debate. Through oral presentations and written work, they will develop skills of autonomous, self-motivated and self-regulated learners and communicators.

Literature to be announced during the course.

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Time and place

Prerequisites: Course does not have a requirement of previous knowledge in archaeology – but it does entail a lot of independent work.

This 10 credits course, with 12 meetings in total, will run over two periods. During 2019/20 the seminars have following dates, instructors and topics:

  • 15.01: Kristin Ilves – What is, and Why maritime archaeology?
  • 22.01: Veronica Walker Vadillo – Landscape approach: maritime, riverine and lacustrine landscapes
  • 29.01: Riikka Tevali – Maritime archaeological fieldwork
  • 05.02: Riikka Alvik – Early modern shipwrecks: merchant vessels as sources for archaeology and history
  • 12.02: Veronica Walker Vadillo – Maritime cosmology and symbology
  • 19.02: Minna Koivikko – Recycling and reuse in maritime context
  • 26.02: Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz – Maritime Mediterranean
  • 11.03: Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz – Long-distance trade and maritime connections
  • 18.03: Satu Koivisto – Archaeology in wetlands
  • 25.03: Liisa Näsänen – Out from water: conservation and exhibition
  • 01.04: Kristin Ilves or Tapani Tuovinen – Islandscapes: archaeology of the archipelago
  • 08.04: Marko Marila – Key theoretical ideas and turning points in maritime archaeology

The seminar instructors for the course are active researchers within the field of maritime archaeology and history.

Before each seminar all the students will read the required reading. After reading a scientific article, you should be able to answer the set of questions. What is this text about? What do we already know about this topic? What are the problems within this topic? What are the research hypotheses and/or questions of the current study? What are the methods and data used? What are the findings? What does it all mean and why is it important?

Each student will act as a seminar leader for one of the seminars. To act as a seminar leader means that you are required to read the literature thoroughly enough to be able to present it to others. You will prepare a 20-25 minute long PowerPoint presentation about the subject. If you find you need more background material to do this you will research this for yourself. The seminar instructor for the seminar you are leading as well as the course coordinator will be available for questions on the topic. After the presentation, you suggest discussion topics and/or questions and/or group exercise and/or role-play, etc. You will act as seminar leader and chair the open discussion.

Students are required to attend and to actively participate in the seminars. Participation in the seminars is compulsory, and will be taken every seminar. If you due to illness or any other good cause miss a seminar you will have to do a written assignment in the form of a critical review of the literature connected to the seminar (ca 1500 words) to make up for the seminar.

At the end of the course, the students are required to submit a critical essay of between 3000 and 4000 words on a maritime research issue of free choice. You will independently research the topic, find relevant literature and write a critical presentation of the current research mode.