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Archaeology/French (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

Program description

Archaeology/French (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and the School of Archaeology, Archaeology and Religion is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining French and Archaeology, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

With in-depth study of both Archaeology and French, you will develop the tools to compete in an increasingly global workforce. The degree aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the material evidence for a wide range of periods and societies, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.

Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. The Archaeology course at Cardiff University concentrates on the British Isles, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt. You will learn with staff who undertake exciting research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from the department’s facilities which include bespoke teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts.

In addition to developing high-level French language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of French cultures. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

France is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. French is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

We offer French for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to French Archaeology and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a French-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French Archaeology, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Distinctive features

  • Research led teaching that allows you to engage with new ideas that are shaping the future of Archaeology and French studies.
  • High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers.
  • A vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion into French culture, including extra optional conversation classes with Erasmus students, events at l’Alliance Française and the students’French Society.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of French culture.
  • A structured skills programme which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning.
  • The option of taking a credit-bearing work placement.
  • The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in France or a French speaking country.
  • An exciting range of opportunities beyond your formal studies to engage with local schools and communities in promoting language learning and develop your own skills and profile.

Admission requirements

BBC-BCC Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year One

Core Modules

  • The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present
  • National and Global Perspectives on France

Optional Modules

  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 1
  • Cultures in Context (French)

Optional Modules

  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (20 Credits)
  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Iron Age Britain
  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain
  • The History of Archaeological Thought
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Pharaohs of the Sun
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeology Independent Study
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems

Year Three: Sandwich Year

Optional Modules

  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French)

Year Four

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 2
  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language

Optional Modules

  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Iron Age Britain
  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Pharaohs of the Sun
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Archaeology Dissertation
  • Evidence Based Preservation of Organics
  • Managing Metallic and Inorganic Cultural Heritage
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Student Teaching Module
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in French)
  • Multimedia Adaptation: Film, Television & Radio
  • Conflict, Consensus & The French Labour Movement

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • An understanding of archaeological practice and skill sets and to be able to apply some or all of these during the fieldwork activities.
  • A broad knowledge of the ways in which archaeologists explore the archaeological landscape.
  • An understanding of the ways in which archaeologists describe archaeological monuments.
  • An understanding of the methods used to excavate and record archaeological excavations.
  • Approaches used to construct chronologies for the past.
  • The ability to identify changes over time or compare different ancient civilisations and cultures
  • The rationale behind a particular project and its planning.
  • Relating a particular practical project to its wider research context.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of France and French speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and French.
  • Basic reasoning, planning and prosecution of archaeological field- or museum-work.
  • Evaluating the suitability of methods in relation to objectives.
  • Correlation of evidence from different aspects of fieldwork.
  • Synthesising fieldwork evidence with publication-based background research.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Skills when working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Effective recording of the excavation process and how to handle archaeological material after excavation in a laboratory or museum environment.
  • Recovery and analysis of organic remains; environmental sampling; taking samples for dating; drawing of sections; drawing of plans; photographing excavations; photographing finds; fieldwalking; geophysical prospection.
  • Museum-object handling and cataloguing; and the recording of buildings and monuments.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • The ability to identify, record and communicate your relevant career attainments.
  • Techniques of archaeological excavation and recording.
  • Participation in group projects; to attend to the needs of a large project; to work under difficult and unfamiliar conditions.
  • Handling and interpretation of archaeological material in a laboratory or museum environment.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

School of Modern Languages

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their graduation, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. History graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.

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