HIEA00461U  IEP; Roots of Europe

Årgang 2014/2015
Engelsk titel

Roots of Europe

Uddannelse
Indoeuropæisk/Indo European
Kursusindhold

By attending the bachelor’s elective in Roots of Europe, students will obtain basic knowledge of theories on the prehistory of Europe and of the migrations and developments that have formed Europe as we know it from the earliest written sources. The disciplines emphasised in this regard are:

 

  • language history (theories of substrate and loanword relations as well as standard diachronic comparative linguistics focusing on the Indo-European language family),
  • archaeology,
  • comparative mythology and
  • molecular anthropology (genetics).

 

Special attention will be given to the period from around 3,500 BC and onwards, i.e. the period established by the mainstream theories within this field as the temporal reference point for the immigration of the Indo-European people to a European continent already inhabited by indigenous Europeans.

 Besides obtaining this knowledge, students will be trained in their ability to evaluate mutually contradictory theories on European prehistory critically and to present this evaluation and the considerations underlying it in an accurate and comprehensive manner using the terminology normally applied within the research fields of relevance.

Moreover, students will have the chance to observe some of the synergistic effects and controversies that may arise in cross-disciplinary co-operation.

 Given this competence profile of the course and these contents of the lectures, students must be able to do the following at the examination:

 

  • to account in outline for theories (originating from the fields of language history, archaeology, science of religion, and genetics) on European prehistory and on the migrations and developments that have formed Europe as we know it from the earliest written sources,
  • to evaluate mutually contradictory theories on European prehistory critically by reference to the above-mentioned knowledge, and
  • to present this evaluation and the considerations underlying it in an accurate and comprehensive manner using the terminology normally applied within the research fields of relevance.

Will be announced at the beginning of the course

Teaching will be conducted in English by multiple lecturers from potentially all over the world. Consequently, students should be aware that some of the lectures may be set up as video conferences with the lecturers being physically located at other domestic or foreign research institutions.
The course is teached in English
Point
15 ECTS
Prøveform
Skriftlig aflevering
Written take-home assignment, optional subject (extent: 10-15 standard pages equalling 24,000 - 36,000 keystrokes including spaces)
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