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Durham University

Postgraduate Modules 2019/2020

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run in each academic year. Each module description relates to the year indicated in the module availability box. Please be aware that modules may change from year to year, and may be amended to take account of, for example: changing staff expertise, disciplinary developments, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Department: Archaeology


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2019/20
Tied to F4K809 Palaeopathology (Last intake of students October 2018)


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  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • For students to acquire an understanding of what paleopathology is in the context of the rest of archaeological study and to acquire skills in identifying paleaopathological specimens.


  • The module will cover definitions of paleopathology, history of study and how it has developed, the biocultural versus case study approach, the European versus North American differences, the importance of a population-based approach, the value of paleaopathology in the reconstruction of past human behaviour, the major categories of disease, plus current issues in paleopathology and examples of work in the field for specific areas will put the material in context.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Identification of pathological conditions and skeletal trauma.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Macroscopic and radiographic identification of pathological changes including trauma.
Key Skills:
  • Recording of pathological conditions and trauma.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

Teaching Methods and Contact Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 Weekly 2 hours 20
Practicals 10 Weekly 2 hours 20
Preparation & Reading 260
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2,500 100%
Component: Practical Test Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Practical Test 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

The preparation achieved in this module RSAS is considered to be sufficient formative preparation for the summative assignment in the module.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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