Spring 2020 - ARCH 480 D400

Directed Laboratory/Library/Field Research

Class Number: 8706

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 4130, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Aurora Camano
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    45 credit hours, including ARCH 372, and permission of the department.



A course in which students can undertake specific laboratory, library or field based research supervised by a faculty member. Variable units: 3, 4, 5 or 6.


This course will introduce you to life in Byzantium (395-1453 CE), the post-Roman Christian empire which emerged in the Near East and Mediterranean, through a thematic survey of their art, architecture, and archaeology. Emphasis is placed on identifying and analysing material remains to access the period’s social history and contextualizing Byzantium’s relationship within the wider Medieval world. This is achieved through a series of art historical and archaeological case studies which explore the cultural traditions and experiences of those living within the empire. Special interest will also given to the history and development of Byzantine Archaeology, as we question the theoretical, methodological, and socio-political frameworks that have shaped the discipline.


  • Art Exhibit 15%
  • Paper Proposal 5%
  • Annotated Bibliography 5%
  • Paper Outline 5%
  • Final Term Paper 20%
  • Quizzes (4 Total) 20%
  • Final Exam 30%


ARCH 480 D400/HS 303/HUM 305 -4 (Byzantine Art and Archaeology)

Breadth: Social Sciences

Prerequisite: All prerequisites will be waived (45 credit hours, including ARCH 372)



This course has chosen not to use a textbook, rather assigned weekly readings will come from a variety of scholarly sources including journal articles, field reports, and academic books. Sources which can be found online or uploaded will be linked on Canvas. In cases where digitization is not possible, the required readings will be found on reserve at the W.A.C. Bennet Library on Burnaby Campus.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:

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