Module Catalogue 2014/15

CAH1013 : The Road to Empire: Roman History 510-31 BC

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Don Miller
  • Owning School:
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

NONE

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

NONE

Aims

The module covers an extensive period and is intended to provide students with a wideranging narrative of the history of the Roman Republic and an introductory critical discussion of the source material, both literary and not. It will focus on a particular range of key problems:

1) The value of the tradition on early Rome
2) The nature of the Republican political system: the Greek historian, Polybius, described the Republic as an ideal blend of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. Was he right?
3) Roman imperialism: Why did Rome fight so many wars? A central theme will be how Rome came to dominate the Mediterranean world.
4) Why did the Republic fall into crisis in the first century B.C.? Why was there so much violence? Why did an autocracy emerge after the Civil Wars?

This module aims to provide an opportunity to acquire a 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. It also sets out to provide an opportunity for investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

In outline the history of the Roman Republic from 510-31 B.C.
In some detail: the nature of the political system of the Roman Republic, the nature of Roman Imperialism, the causes of the collapse of the republican system in the 1st Century B.C.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

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.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Development of associated skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and appropriate presentation of the results.

Development of capacity for independent study and critical judgment and of the ability to respond promptly, cogently and clearly to new unexpected questions arising from this study.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion751:0075:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading751:0075:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Reading classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
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.
Seminars and workshops allow an opportunity for teamwork and discussion and promote improvements in oral communication

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M251,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. The essay assignment assesses knowledge and understanding of some key evidence, the ability to compare and contrast related source texts on a common subject, and the ability to expound and criticize a textual extract lucidly, succinctly and with relevance in a relatively brief space.

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

ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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