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Modules

Modules

CAH3029 : Rome: City of Empire (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it, and to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Rome was the largest city in the ancient world, containing an estimated one million inhabitants in the time of Augustus. But how did the city evolve from a small agricultural village to a world capital? How did its appearance change over time? And what procedures were involved in the day to day management of the city? This module examines the infrastructure of ancient Rome, not only as an administrative, monumental, and religious centre, but also in terms of the social and political life of its diverse inhabitants, thus facilitating a view of Rome as a ‘living’ city rather than a city of decaying monuments. It introduces the ancient and modern sources for the urban history of ancient Rome, from the city’s traditional foundation in 753 BC to the death of Constantine in AD 337, adopting both a chronological and thematic approach. The topics and issues that will be discussed include: the topography of the city and its urban development; the role of the city in the formation of Roman national identity; the organisation and use of public space (e.g. the Campus Martius, Forum Romanum, Capitoline Hill); the composition of the urban population; urban administration and city government; public and private services (i.e. the water supply, sanitation, fire and police brigades); public spectacles and games; social and religious life; and monumental building.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture421:0042:0025% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion801:0080:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading421:0042:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00Assessment prepartion
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAH8029Rome: City of Empire
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
Small group discussion allows students to develop their research skills and interests around the topics and themes of the course, enabling a first-hand appraisal and critical evaluation of some key issues in the course, and encouraging independent study and promote improvements in oral communication and problem-solving skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A90N/A
Oral Presentation201A10A presentation of approx. 20 minutes reporting on the investigation of a particular aspect of Roman society or material culture
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen examination tests the students' acquisition of a clear and general and overall knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyze a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.

The presentation tests the students’ ability to engage in independent research and communicate effectively in oral form.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
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.

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