CAC1013 : Life and Literature in the Roman Republic
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Katie East
- Lecturer: Dr Claire Stocks
- Teaching Assistant: Mr Chris Mowat, Mr Roberto Ciucciove, Mr Emilio Zucchetti
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The aims of this module are:
1.To introduce students to the literary culture of Ancient Rome through study of a selection of case studies representing different genres.
2.To introduce students to key aspects of Roman Society in the Late Republican era as reflected in contemporary literature.
3.To equip students to understand the connections between Roman literature and its social context.
4.To train students in essential skills of the literary analysis of Roman literature and to develop flexibility in the application of these skills to the reading of different types of Roman literature.
Outline Of Syllabus
A selection of case studies will be used to illustrate the literature of the period, including the comedy of Plautus, the poetry of Catullus, the philosophy of Lucretius, the oratory of Cicero, and the historiography of Sallust, all chosen with a view to their representation of key moments in the evolution of Latin literature. All texts are studied in translation.
No previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||26||1:00||26:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||74||1:00||74:00||45% of guided indpendent study|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||74||1:00||74:00||45% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Discussion/reading sessions|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||10% of guided independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures provide both the essential background information to the study of Roman literature in the Late Republican era and detailed practical demonstration of the interpretation of a large number of texts. The workshops (formally unassessed) give students the opportunity to apply such interpretative strategies for themselves.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||20||Essay of 1500 words|
|Essay||1||M||80||Essay of 3000 words on a theme explored in the lectures/discussion.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The two essays will provide the opportunity for feedback midway through the course, allowing students to approach the larger essay with a clear sense of the requirements and expectations. The essays test the students' ability to tackle larger literary questions and apply such larger insights to other texts.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:
Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.