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CAH3037 : The New Empire of Diocletian and Constantine

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of the course is to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the Roman empire and the significant changes that it underwent in the later third and earlier fourth centuries, specifically in the long reigns of Diocletian (284-305) and Constantine (306-337). These gave the empire a renewed lease of life and set the paradigms for the late Roman state, and indeed for administration, law, culture and religion on into the medieval period. This will be done primarily by engaging with the ancient evidence from literary texts (including legal and ecclesiastical writings), documents, and art and archaeology, but also by engaging with the varied modern interpretations of and approaches to this period, in which there are many highly contentious issues: not least the relationship between the empire and Christianity, whose echoes are felt even today.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline of the course
1] Introduction; historiography; periodization; sources.
2] The background of the third century “crisis”.
3] The reigns of Diocletian and Constantine: war, dynasty, politics and religion.
4] The development of the imperial office, collegiate rule, dynasty and succession.
5] Administrative reforms: palatine offices, the provinces, finance and taxation.
6] Imperial cities and residences.
6] Cities, local administration and elites.
8] Armies, frontiers and neighbours.
9] Law, citizenship and society in theory and practice.
10] Christianity from persecution to privilege.
11] Roman cultures clothed in Latin and Greek.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion541:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading551:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAH8037The New Empire of Diocletian and Constantine
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures impart most basic information and the modern and ancient historiographical context, while allowing for questions both from and to the lecturer.
Workshops allow for group preparation, team collaboration, oral presentation and class discussion in relation to key texts, images or readings.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M402,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam enables testing of knowledge of a broad range of topics and issues, and the ability to apply acquired knowledge to unseen questions. In contrast, the essay allows for more extensive engagement with a single topic and the development of more considered argument bolstered by appropriate detailed evidence and citation.


This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

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.

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