263 click
HTML code

Course Summary

When was Stonehenge built? Who built it? How was it built? Why was it built? Answers cannot be promised to all of these, but we can get better at asking the questions and work towards solutions. We can look at how people have responded to Stonehenge. Most of all we can begin to think about what Stonehenge means to us.
This MOOC is offered by The University of Buckingham (UK), which is supporting the Blick Mead Stonehenge archaeological dig (project leader Professor David Jacques). The University’s Stonehenge speciality is reflected in an MA by research (taught in London) on archaeology and Stonehenge.
Your MOOC tutor is Professor Graeme Davis, University of Buckingham, who combines enthusiasm for archaeology and Stonehenge with subject speciality in the humanities and linguistics.

What do I learn?

To understand present archaeological thinking about Stonehenge.
To evaluate responses to Stonehenge in art, literature, music, architecture and culture.
To consider your own response to Stonehenge and reflect through a Journal.

Additionally students have an opportunity to develop a connection with the University of Buckingham. We want to get to know you!

What do I need too know?

No entry requirements. This MOOC is open to all. The materials are a spur to your own investigation and can be studied at a variety of academic levels. Students whose first language is not English are welcome to this MOOC, and may find particularly useful the work on Stonehenge as a part of British culture.

Course Structure

Chapter 1: Stonehenge: Landscape and Context

Stonehenge as a landscape of prehistoric sites. The chronological context: the Mesolithic, the Neolithic and the building of the Stonehenge.

Chapter 2: The Stonehenge Questions

The big Stonehenge questions: When? By whom? How? and Why? The wider context of the Stonehenge Landscape.

Chapter 3: Historians and Archaeologists

Reactions to Stonehenge from Geoffrey of Monmouth through the antiquarian tradition to the modern archaeological response.

Chapter 4: Cultural Contexts

Stonehenge in fiction, poetry, music, art and popular culture.

Chapter 5: Stonehenge Today

Stonehenge as a cultural icon, emblem of Britain, World Heritage site and sacred space.
Blick Mead as the cradle of Stonehenge.

Throughout the emphasis is on your response. This course looks at the archaeological response, at responses through history, and the cultural responses.
On completion students are offered a Statement of Participation.


Workload can be varied to suit individuals. A guide is to look at the MOOC over five weeks at a chapter a week, and allow around two hours per week. However there are many additional ideas presented for you to use in exploring Stonehenge, including reading novels and listening to symphonies. Maybe you will want to visit Stonehenge, or talk with us about visiting our Blick Mead dig. Maybe you will want to compare Stonehenge with a monument in your vicinity. Of course, students who want to skim the materials can do just this. These materials are a jumping off point for you to explore what Stonehenge means to you.
ENROLL IN COURSE LINK: iversity.org/en/courses/stonehen...-2016

Lessons hide description



University Science 1946 views

Einstein's General Relativity and Gravitation - UCI 24 lessons

The graduate General Relativity course is taught by Professor Herbert W. Hamber, Ph.D. Description: "Einstein's General Relativity and Gravitation" is taught at UCI as Physics 255. Topics covered: A

University History 264 views

Stonehenge 1 lesson

Course Summary When was Stonehenge built? Who built it? How was it built? Why was it built? Answers cannot be promised to all of the

University Chemistry 2575 views

Inorganic Chemistry: UCI 30 lessons

Description: This course is an introduction to modern inorganic chemistry. Topics include principles of structure, bonding, and chemical reactivity with application to compounds of the main group and

University Philosophy 4294 views

Humanities Lectures - Oxford University 37 lessons

A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise the 8-week General Philosophy course and were delivered in late 20

University Mathematics 1602 views

Math 1A/1B. Pre-Calculus: Functions and Graphs - UCI 35 lessons

Description: UCI Math 1A/1B: Precalculus is designed to prepare students for a calculus course. This course is taught so that students will acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry. The

University Mathematics 1092 views

Intro to Inferential Statistics 490 lessons

Inferential statistics allows us to draw conclusions from data that might not be immediately obvious. This course focuses on enhancing your ability to develop hypotheses and use common tests such as t

University Mathematics 1311 views

Intro to Descriptive Statistics 395 lessons

Statistics is an important field of math that is used to analyze, interpret, and predict outcomes from data. Descriptive statistics will teach you the basic concepts used to describe data. This is a g

University Chemistry 4787 views

Organic Chemistry - UCI 127 lessons

51A: These videos are part of a 28-lecture undergraduate level course titled "Organic Chemistry" taught at UC Irvine by Professor James S. Nowick in fall 2009. This course covers topics such as bondin

University Mathematics 1341 views

Language and Literacy - UCI 16 lessons

This course is designed to help students understand the aspects of linguistic principles and processes that underlie oral and written language proficiency, and how this knowledge is relevant K-12 inst

University Mathematics 2007 views

Math 1A/1B. Pre-Calculus: Algebra and Geometry Review - UCI 51 lessons

This open course provides the student with review of intermediate algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. It is designed for those want to be successful in an introductory college calculus course, but wo

Web Stats

Community: 21,508 users
Active courses: 1,180
Lessons: 27,706
Data: 83 GB
Online: 142 users

News about new courses