BA Geographical and Archaeological Sciences

This degree offers a broad foundation in the disciplines of Archaeology and Geography, with relevant teaching in the areas of Computer Science, Earth Science and Environmental Science. It is aimed at students who have an interest in the study of human societies, past and present, and in contemporary issues relating to heritage management, the environment and sustainable living. Archaeology and Geography are closely related disciplines, concerned with concepts of time and space in relation to human culture and landscape. The Archaeology teaching provides the type of intellectual and practical training necessary to become a professional archaeologist. Teaching in Geography provides a wide range of technical and communication skills, with graduates likely to find work in environmental technical fields, environmental consultancy, planning, heritage and tourism, in addition to secondary teaching posts.

What will students study?

The degree has a modular structure in which a range of lecture and field courses are taken on a full-time basis over a three-year period. The programme provides students with a common foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, with an opportunity through option courses to tailor their degree according to specific interests and ambitions. Many courses include a practical component in the form of  laboratory sessions and fieldwork.

The first year of this degree involves an exposure to the disciplines of Archaeology and Geography, as well as a foundation in Computer Science, Earth Science and Environmental Science. The Archaeology course provides an introduction to this discipline, as well as a general survey of the archaeology of Ireland in its  European context. First Year Geography offers a foundation in cultural, economic and physical areas of the discipline. Students take a Computer Science module focusing on internet applications, as well as courses that provide a basic introduction to Earth Science and Environmental Science.

The Second and Third Year courses provides teaching in different areas of the two core disciplines, as well as the possibility to take option modules in Computer Science, Earth Science and Environmental Science. The Archaeology teaching offers modules on different aspects of theory and practice in Archaeology, including culture history courses on the prehistoric and historic eras in Ireland and Europe. The Geography teaching includes courses on social and political geography, geomorphology and geoinformatics, as well as such areas as coastal environments, tourism studies and environmental sustainability. Second Year includes a one-week residential field course, while Third year students undertake a research dissertation in Archaeology and/or Geography.

Career Opportunities

The aim of this degree is to provide a range of vocational skills relevant to Archaeology and Geography that are transferable to others areas of employment.

The degree will be attractive to employers in different areas due to its multi-disciplinary and skills-based design. Students will develop a high level of critical thinking and problem-solving ability, an ability to analyse complex  issues, and various technical competences that can be applied to different work situations. These include skills in computing and information technology, lab practice and fieldwork, basic research and report writing.

As well as being an exciting and interesting subject, Archaeology is a professional career area, with varied and flexible employment opportunities at home and abroad. In Ireland archaeologists work in the State heritage sector and local authorities, or as consultants working in the construction and infrastructure sectors. Many geographers pursue rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The private sector is increasingly interested in the technical skills of geographers as many businesses use spatial information and geo-informatics in their work. Moreover, the integrating nature of Geography has become a major asset in a world of constant change, in which employers seek adaptability and flexibility rather than narrow technical knowledge that is soon outdated.

Archaeology and Geography are closely related disciplines, concerned with concepts of time and space in relation to human culture and landscape. The Archaeology teaching provides the type of intellectual and practical training necessary to become a professional archaeologist. Teaching in Geography provides a wide range of technical and communication skills, with graduates likely to find work in environmental technical fields, environmental consultancy, planning, heritage and tourism in addition to secondary education.

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Students take a total of 60 credits as follows:

Archaeology (15 credits)

  • AR1001 The Archaeology of Ireland in Context (15-credit module in three parts: Introduction to Archaeology; The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland; The Archaeology of Historic Ireland).

Geography (15 credits)

  • GG1003 Cultural Geography: an Introduction to Place, Space and Globalisation (5 credits)
  • GG1004 Economic Geography: An Introduction to Societies, Economies and Global Development (5 credits)
  • GG1005 Physical Geography: An Introduction to the Earth and the Atmosphere (5 credits)

Computer Science (15 credits)

  • CS1050 Fundamentals of Internet Computing (15 credits)

Biological, Earth and Environmental Science (15 credits)

  • GL1001 Introduction to Geology (5 credits)
  • BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals. (5 credits)
  • EV1002 The Environment (5 credits)
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  • Current students can refer to their Second Year Information Booklet for further information.
  • See UCC's Online Timetable for department/module timetables.
  • See UCC's Book of Modules for further module information.

Students to take a total of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules (40 credits)

Archaeology

  • AR2016 Archaeological Theory (5 credit)
  • AR2037 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology (5 credits)
  • AR2046 Geoarchaeology Fieldschool (10 credits)

Geography

  • GG2005 Quaternary Environments and Geomorphology (5 credits)
  • GG2010 Cities of Diversity (5 credits)
  • GG2037 Introduction to Geoinformatics (5 credits)
  • GG2038 Geographical Research Methods (5 credits)
Elective Modules (20 credits)

To avoid scheduling conflicts, please consult timetables before choosing elective modules 

Archaeology

  • AR2014 Artefact Studies (5 credits)
  • AR2033 Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Europe (5 credits) 
  • AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland (5 credits)
  • AR2038 Human Remains for Archaeologists (5 credits)
  • AR2047 The Iron Age in Western and Central Europe (5 credits)
  • AR2048  Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (5 credits)

Geography

  • GG2014 Society and Space: Geographies of Globalisation, Difference and Inequality (5 credits)
  • GG2016 The Atmospheric Environment (5 credits)
  • GG2023 Economic and Rural Geography (5 credits)
  • GG2025 Biogeography (5 credits)
  • GG2040 Geographies of Environment and Sustainability (5 credits)

Computer Science

  • CS2051 Introduction to Digital Media (5 credits)
  • CS2052 Introduction to Internet Information Systems (5 credits)

Biological, Earth and Environmental Science

  • AE2003 Habitats and Ecosystems (5 credits)
  • GL2011 Sedimentological Processes and Sedimentary Petrology (5 credits)
  • GL2018 Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics (5 credits)
  • ZY2000 Vertebrate Diversity (5 credits)
Find out more
  • Current students can refer to their Second Year Information Booklet for further information.
  • See UCC's Online Timetable for department/module timetables.
  • See UCC's Book of Modules for further module information.

Students to take a total of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules (40 credits)

Archaeology

  • AR3047 Professional Practice in Archaeology (5 credits)
  • AR3051 Wetland archaeology and palaeoenvironments (5 credits)
  • AR3053 Landscape Archaeology (5 credits)

Geography

  • GG3012 Advanced Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
  • GG3041 Environmental Remote Sensing (5 credits)
  • GG3054 Field Work (5 credits)

Students also take AR3030 (Archaeology Dissertation, 10 credits) OR GG3006 (Geography Dissertation, 10 credits)

Elective Modules (20 credits)

Students take two Archaeology modules (AR****) and two Geography Modules (GG****) from the following

To avoid scheduling conflicts, please consult timetables before choosing elective modules 

Archaeology

  • AR3031 Archaeological Ceramics (5 credits)
  • AR3037 Viking Age Archaeology in Ireland and Britain (5 credits)
  • AR3040 Health, Diet and Disease in Early Societies (5 credits)
  • AR3050 Archaeo-palynology (5 credits)
  • AR3052 Beyond the Celtic World - Ireland in the First Millennium BC (5 credits)
  • AR3054 Late Iron Age Ireland and the Roman World (5 credits)

Geography

  • GG3001 Geographical Ideas (5 credits)
  • GG3003 Contemporary Studies of the European Union  (5 credits)
  • GG3007 Coastal and Marine Geomorphology (5 credits)
  • GG3027 Regional and Local Planning Issues and Policies (5 credits)
  • GG3037 Geography of Heritage
  • GG3042 Climatic Variability and Change
  • GG3043 Historical Geographies of the City (5 credits)
Find out more
  • Current students can refer to their Second Year Information Booklet for further information.
  • See UCC's Online Timetable for department/module timetables.
  • See UCC's Book of Modules for further module information.
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