Module Catalogue 2023/24

CAC1012 : Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Haysom
  • Lecturer: Dr David Walsh
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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The aims of this module are:
To introduce students to major themes in the art, architecture and archaeology of Greece and Rome.
To develop students’ knowledge of the technical terminology used in the study of Classical Art and Archaeology.
To introduce students to methods for the analysis of Classical Art and Archaeology.
To introduce the Classical collections held in the Great North Museum.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics vary from year to year. They might include: Iron Age Greece; Orientalising; Panhellenic Sanctuaries; Greek Temple Architecture; Athens and Sparta; Greek Painted Pottery; Domestic Housing; Burial, Early Rome; The Augustan Cultural Revolution; The Flavians; Architecture of Rome.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1) Students will gain a chronological and geographical understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman Worlds.
2) Students will acquire an awareness of the range of art-historical and archaeological evidence for the study of the ancient world.
2) Students will gain an understanding of the role of Classical art and archaeology in the study of antiquity.
3) Students will acquire a knowledge of the Greek and Roman collections in the Great North Museum.
4) Students will gain an understanding of the legacy of Classical antiquity.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1) Students will be able to critically analyse a variety of ancient sources (written, iconographic and archaeological) and use these sources to interpret the past.
2) Students will be able to integrate their interpretation of these sources with modern scholarship.
3) Students will develop communication skills (both verbal and written).
4) Students will develop key research skills through directed reading and research tasks and through independent study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00weekly lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities121:0012:00seminar preparation x 2 hours per each small group seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Small group teaching
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:002 surgeries (assessment review and formative feedback/mid module review) - online
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the major topics of the module. They will give students an overview of the material and the scholarship on Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Teacher-presented materials in lectures are not meant to provide students with answers but to act as a guide for their further reading and study, providing pointers to key scholars, case studies and approaches, whilst also providing the overall structure for student learning.

Small group seminars will allow students to explore and discuss topics in more depth, consolidating knowledge gained through lectures and lecture materials. This will allow students to examine primary material with greater focus or gain direct support for their comprehension of key pieces of academic literature.

Drop-in surgeries will allow students to ask specific questions and feedback about the module and assessments as well as gain feedback on their written work in tandem with structured non-synchronous discussion.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M501,500 words
Essay1A501,500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and facilitates the development of key skills in analysis, research, reading and writing. The formative assignment introduces the concept of object analysis and allows students to practice this in preparation for the summative written exercise. The written exercise focuses on two picture questions (one Greek and one Roman) which test the student's range of knowledge and competency in dealing with a primary material. The essay (Greek or Roman) allows students to explore a topic in more depth through independent research and analysis building on the formative assessment and the summative written exercise.

All of the assessments for this module will be submitted and marked online.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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