Module Catalogue 2020/21

ARA2091 : Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian Haynes
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Jackson
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This course examines the archaeology of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Justinian. It spans a period that saw high drama and rapid change for many of the peoples of Europe, North Africa, Asia Minor and the Near East. The different and unequal ways that the imperial authorities and local populations adapted to one another are manifested in a plethora of settings, from epic monuments to humble homes, and from rich graves to rubbish pits. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the landscapes, buildings and artefacts of the Empire, while at the same time revealing the important role of regions far beyond Rome in generating new forms, styles and ideas.

Outline Of Syllabus

In order to give participants a deeper insight into the temporal change in the Roman world, each week explores a different theme with cases studies from Augustus to the Tetrarchy (with Prof Haynes) and from Constantine to Justinian (with Dr Jackson). Themes include power, patronage and the emperors, urbanism, the military, religion and ritual, leisure and entertainment, and the economy. At all times students will be invited to explore both those elements that served to bind the empire together, and those that contributed to enduring and emerging regional and provincial cultures. As an archaeology module, this course emphasises the contribution of material culture to our understanding of daily life in the Roman Empire.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1 Students will demonstrate a detailed awareness of the role of archaeology in expanding our understanding of the Roman Empire.

2 Students will learn how to identify and analyse key artefact types.

3 Students will be familiar with a variety of interpretative frameworks for modelling contact and culture change, and will show an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of these models.

4 Students will show awareness of the widely differing ways in which the Roman past is presented and exploited in the modern world.

Intended Skill Outcomes

In order to complete the module successfully, all students must demonstrate that they have developed the following intellectual skills:

- Reading, understanding, critiquing historical and archaeological data.
- The capacity to work with bulk finds data and to appreciate basic statistical models for numismatic analysis.
- Analysing and evaluating archaeologists’ use of evidence.
- Research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and appropriate presentation of the results.

All students will also develop the following key skills:

- Time management
- Bibliographic and library skills
- Oral discussion and debate
- Writing and revising analytic prose

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00Lecture materials will be delivered in 15 mins segments grouped into notional 1 hr units
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities80:304:00Skill building non-synchronous tests (regnal dates, places, terminology, epigraphy)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities51:005:00Non-synchronous: Worksheet on key readings
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00Debates on Roman material culture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Seminar
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The programme combines lectures, seminars and projects to develop student familiarity with both synthetic analysis and raw material for the study of the Roman Empire.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M502000 word Student Essay
Research paper1M502500 word research paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exercise examines knowledge outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4 by requiring students to present a selection of case studies of sites and objects that illuminate continuity and change across the Roman world during the period.

The Research Paper aims to assess knowledge outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4. It aims to familiarise students with the unity and diversity of the Roman Empire through project work on themes of their own choice drawing specific regional case studies.

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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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