DN530 BA Humanities Classics, Art History & Archaeology (CAS1)

The BA Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year programme that combines multiple subjects to provide coherence and depth to student learning within nine carefully structured pathways. Taught by expert academics in the Arts and Humanities, the BA Humanities programme offers both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed by bringing together subjects that and relate closely to each other. Students will gain essential life and employment skills, including critical, analytical and creative thinking, and expert communications, while learning how to be adaptable and flexible in preparation for employment in a dynamic work environment.

Students on the Classics, Art History and Archaeology pathway will benefit from the inter-disciplinary study of the visual arts, archaeology, and material culture from prehistory and antiquity to the present day. In Classics, you will use literary and historical analysis along with the visual and material evidence to reconstruct the lost worlds of the Greek and Roman past; in Art History, you will learn the skills of visual analysis and learn how to read images in their social and cultural context; and in Archaeology, you will learn the principles and practices of archaeological approaches to material culture and landscapes in order to explore past human societies. Graduates will have skills in critical thinking and interdisciplinary analysis which will prepare them for careers in the cultural and heritage sector, education, archives, media, journalism, public service, museums and art galleries, research, and a wide range of private sector employment opportunities.

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This programme provides students with an in-depth grounding in three cognate subject areas: Classics, Art History, and Archaeology. Students who take this course will benefit from the inter-disciplinary study of the visual arts, archaeology, and material culture from antiquity to the present day. The first three years of the programme focus on training and building expertise and skills in the three disciplinary areas. In Art History students will learn the skills of visual analysis and learn how to read images in their social and cultural context, in Archaeology they will move from the ‘big stories’ to methods and material culture analysis, and in Classics they will use literary and historical analysis along with the visual and material evidence to reconstruct the lost worlds of the Greek and Roman past. It is expected that on completion of the third year students will have accumulated 45 credits in each subject area. Interdisciplinarity will be emphasized in Stage 3, with a core seminar on a key theme (e.g. text and image, memory, environment and culture) and a summer fieldwork project in Glendalough. The focus of the final year will be the dissertation.


1 - Use skills of inquiry, research, critical thinking, and problem solving to pursue and evaluate knowledge.
2 - Evaluate ideas, challenge assumptions and develop creative solutions to problems for example by the independent pursuit of knowledge and making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods.
3 - Communication, collaboration, and leadership: demonstrate effective communication, digital expertise, collaboration and leadership skills to convert decisions and commitments into action.
4 - Understand the ethical implications of ideas, communications, and actions including demonstrated awareness of the historical and cultural construction of knowledge systems and traditions
5 - Understand the relevance and contribution of the Humanities and the Social Sciences to contemporary society and cultural practice including an ability to articulate the links between past and present as well as the influence of the past on shaping community and societal structures and beliefs.
6 - Articulate advocacy of human, social and cultural values with an awareness of the value of life-long learning, an understanding of how to learn, and an appreciation of the complexity of ideas, societies, cultures, artefacts, and language, both visual and textual.

UCD Arts & Humanities Programme Office,
Newman Building,
Belfield,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8321/8102

Web: www.ucd.ie/ahss

Stage 1

Students are pre-registered to 8 core modules (40 credits). Students should then choose either (a) both modules from Options 1 and one module from Options 2 or (b) one module from Options 1 and two modules from Options 2. Students should also choose 1 elective.
It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between Trimester 1 and Trimester 2.

Stage 2

Students register to 7 core modules and then choose any 3 modules from the available options.

Stage 3

Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should pick at least 10 credits from Art History, at least 10 credits from Archaeology, at least 10 credits from Classics, and a maximum of 10 credits from the "Extra-Subject Options" list. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
AH10120 The Art of the Renaissance: Reform and Rebirth Autumn

5

AH10130 The Art of the Ancient and Medieval World Autumn

5

ARCH10010 Exploring Archaeology Autumn

5

ARCH10160 The Human Past Autumn

5

CAHA10010 Museums and Collections Autumn

5

GRC10170 Lost Cities of the Ancient World Autumn

5

ARCH10150 Anthropology: an introduction Spring

5

GRC10140 Classical Myth: An Introduction Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Options 1
Students can choose both modules from Options 1 and one module from Options 2 OR one module from Options 1 and two modules from Options 2.
     
AH10140 The Baroque to Romanticism: European Art, 1600-1850 Spring

5

AH10150 The Modern World 1848-1914 Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Options 1
Students can choose both modules from Options 1 and one module from Options 2 OR one module from Options 1 and two modules from Options 2.
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Options 2
Students can choose both modules from Options 1 and one module from Options 2 OR one module from Options 1 and two modules from Options 2.
     
ARCH10050 Intro archaeology of Ireland Spring

5

GRC10180 The Age of Augustus Spring

5

GRC10190 War and the Hero: The Epics of Homer and Virgil Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Options 2
Students can choose both modules from Options 1 and one module from Options 2 OR one module from Options 1 and two modules from Options 2.
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
AH20200 The Modern to the Contemporary Autumn

5

ARCH20510 Archaeology of Landscapes Autumn

5

HUM20040 Primary Source Research in the Humanities A: Exploring UCD Cultural Heritage Collections Autumn

5

AH20230 European Architecture Spring

5

ARCH20500 Archaeology of Things Spring

5

GRC20030 Early Roman Empire Spring

5

GRC20270 The Athenian Empire Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)3OF:
Choose any 3 option modules from the following list:
     
AH20210 Perspectives on Irish Art: From Medieval to Modern Autumn

5

AH20240 The Age of Michelangelo: Mannerism in Italy 1520-1600 Autumn

5

ARCH20570 Cultural Heritage Autumn

5

ARCH20600 Archaeological Science Autumn

5

GRC20010 Alexander and his Successors Autumn

5

GRC20220 Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians Autumn

5

GRC20290 The Comedies of Aristophanes Autumn

5

AH20220 History of Photography Spring

5

AH20250 Early Islamic Art and Architecture Spring

5

ARCH20610 Historical Archaeology Spring

5

ARCH20620 People in Prehistory: key themes and problems Spring

5

GRC20230 Heracles the Hero Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)3OF:
Choose any 3 option modules from the following list:
     
Stage 2 Options - B)MIN0:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
HUM20030 Career Readiness (Humanities) Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - B)MIN0:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a minimum of 10 credits from the following Archaeology modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.
     
ARCH30170 Combat Archaeology Autumn

5

ARCH30500 Experiment Archaeology & Ancient Technologies Autumn

5

ARCH30760 Early Medieval Ireland and Bey Autumn

10

ARCH30640 The archaeology of collapse Spring

5

ARCH30720 Archaeology of Food Spring

10

ARCH30770 Environmental Arch in Practice Spring

10

ARCH30900 Intro to Human Bioarchaeology Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a minimum of 10 credits from the following Archaeology modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a minimum of 10 credits from the following Classics modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.
     
GRC30010 Ancient Medicine and Society Autumn

5

GRC30070 Family Life in Ancient Greece Autumn

5

GRC30290 Magic in the Ancient World Autumn

5

GRC30080 The Oedipus Myth Spring

5

GRC30320 Classics in Popular Culture Spring

5

GRC30330 Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World Spring

5

GRC30340 Access Classics Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a minimum of 10 credits from the following Classics modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - B1)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a minimum of 10 credits from the following Art History modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.
     
AH30600 From Constantinople to Istanbul: Art, Faith, Politics Autumn

10

AH30610 Art, Myth & Identity in Venice Autumn

10

AH30620 Roma: Caput Mundi Autumn

10

AH30540 Georgian Dublin Spring

5

AH30590 Woman & Modern Architecture Spring

10

AH30630 Genre in the Age of Vermeer Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - B1)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a minimum of 10 credits from the following Art History modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from all three subjects for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a maximum of 10 credits from the extra subject options below.
     
ARCT10090 History & Theory of the Designed Environment I - Perspectives on Architecture Autumn

5

BMGT3008D Project Management Autumn

10

GEOG30180 Ideas in Geography Autumn

5

IS30380 Digital Storytelling Autumn

5

PHIL20630 Art and Society Autumn

5

PHIL30590 Aristotle: Ethics & Politics Autumn

5

IA20010 Creative Thinking & Innovation Autumn&Spring&Summer(separate)

5

IA20090 Design Your Purposeful Life Autumn&Spring&Summer(separate)

5

BMGT20100 Developing Future Leaders Spring

5

IS30350 The Digital Self Spring

5

PHIL20580 Plato's Republic Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Stage 3 students who are not on a trimester long exchange or internship should choose a maximum of 10 credits from the extra subject options below.
     
Stage 3 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students who have been offered a College sourced internship, or self-sourced their own internship with approval from the Programme Board should register to the internship module in the appropriate trimester.
     
HUM30020 Internship-Autumn (Humanities) Autumn

30

HUM30030 Internship- Spring (Humanities) Spring

30


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