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Geographical and Archaeological Sciences BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK107

Course Title: Geographical and Archaeological Sciences

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Geographical and Archaeological Sciences

Duration: 3 or 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 337

Overview

This course will appeal to students interested in the past and present relationship between human societies and their environments, and issues relating to heritage management, the environment and sustainable living. 

Geography and Archaeology are closely related disciplines, concerned with concepts of time and space in relation to human culture and landscape. This BA offers a broad foundation in both, with relevant teaching in the areas of computer science, earth science and environmental science. The aim is to provide you with a wide range of vocational skills relevant to Geography and Archaeology that are also transferable to other areas of employment.

Course Details

Year 1 
You will get a broad exposure to the disciplines of archaeology and geography, as well as a foundation in computer science, earth science and environmental science.

The archaeology course will give you an introduction to this discipline, as well as a general survey of the archaeology of Ireland in its European context. The geography course will give you a foundation in cultural, economic and physical areas of the discipline.

You must take a computer science module focusing on internet applications, as well as courses that provide a basic introduction to earth science and environmental science.

Year 2
You will take modules in different areas of the two core disciplines, as well as having the option of taking modules in computer science, earth science and environmental science.

The archaeology course 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 course includes modules on social and political geography, geomorphology and geoinformatics, as well as areas such as coastal environments, tourism studies and environmental sustainability.

You will take a one-week field course at Easter, where you will apply different analytical approaches and methodologies to a study of a particular landscape.

Year 3
Advanced learning and training is provided in the core disciplines.

The archaeology course includes modules on environmental archaeology, the study of human remains, and advanced teaching on Irish prehistory and the archaeology of historic Ireland. You will also take a module on professional practice, which introduces the main employment areas in the discipline. Geography teaching includes courses on geoinformatics and remote sensing, on heritage, geomorphology and urban geography.

You will also undertake a research dissertation in either archaeology or geography.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert entry requirements:

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must apply for and sit the MSAP test.  Approximately three places are available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

The degree incorporates a range of lecture and field courses taken on a full-time basis over three years.

The teaching is divided between compulsory and optional courses, where you can follow different learning pathways within and across the two disciplines. This will provide you with a common foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, while offering you the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your specific interests and ambitions.

Field trips: Fieldwork is an important element, with teaching excursions organised for many modules. A field school takes place in Year 2, where you apply analytical approaches and methods in archaeology and geography to the analysis of contemporary and ancient landscapes.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, lab practicals, projects etc. Class attendance is compulsory, as is participation in fieldwork.

Who Teaches This Course

The degree is taught by academic staff in the School of the Human Environment (Archaeology and Geography), with contributions from staff in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology and the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in UCC.

Further Contact Information

Dr Ben Gearey

Course Director

T: +353 (0) 21 490 4245

E: b.gearey@ucc.ie

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