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CAH1014 : The Roman world from Romulus to Heraclius: history and culture from 753 BC to AD 641

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a broad overview of Roman history from its origins to the Arab conquests in order to give a grasp of chronology and of important themes and problems across the centuries.
The module will focus on key issues, including Rome’s expansion and decline, and cultural transformations in the Mediterranean world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module explores the following key themes and periods:
•       the origins of Rome and the problems of using later tradition.
•       the development of the early Republic and the struggle of the orders.
•       Rome’s expansion in Italy and the Mediterranean: conquest and settlement.
•       the fall of the Roman Republic and the Augustan settlement.
•       the Hellenisation of Rome and the Romanisation of the Mediterranean.
•       the Principate from the ‘golden age’ to crisis (AD I-III).
•       Christianisation of the empire.
•       the fall of Rome and the rise of Constantinople.
•       neighbours of empire from Germans to Persians.
•       the ‘end of antiquity’.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00In-person lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00Recorded lecture materials. These count as CONTACT HOURS.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion225:0050:00Assessment preparation and completion
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading113:0033:00Student reading related to each week's topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities62:0012:00Seminar preparation
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00Preparatory reading for lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00End of module drop-in, Q&A, and revision session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study611:0061:00Student reading and research exploring themes of the module
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will provide students with fundamental knowledge plus guidance on methods and skills for approaching the important topics and themes of the module. Some lecture material is better delivered in the more interactive method of a live lecture, directly involving the students in active learning. Other material is better recorded, allowing for more measured and reflective engagement combined with close reading of source materials. The students also come prepared from reading and lectures to the seminars, in flipped classroom style, ready to lead the discussion and analysis of key ancient source texts and/or modern scholarship.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M401,500-word written assignment: 1) a commentary on a text or image (500 words) and 2) an essay (1,000 words)
Written exercise2A602,000-word written assignment: 1) a commentary on a text or image (500 words) and 2) an essay (1,500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two written assignments, which have the same format but are weighted differently (40% and 60%), test the students' ability to analyse an ancient source (part 1: commentary) and to engage in depth with key primary evidence and modern scholarship and construct a reasoned argument on the basis of these (part 2: essay).

The first assessment tests students on topics covered in Weeks 2-5 (from the monarchy to the end of the Republic). The second assessment tests students on topics covered in Weeks 6-9 (from the Principate to Late Antiquity).

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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