Module Catalogue 2020/21

CAH2009 : Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Haysom
  • Lecturer: Dr Don Miller, Dr Joseph Skinner, Dr Sally Waite, Dr Simon Corcoran, Dr Rowland Smith, Dr Micaela Langellotti
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

Independent study module involving critical study of prescribed items of ancient evidence.The module aims to provide an opportunity to investigate in some depth selected problems, with appraisal of selected source material and critical examination of current historiography, and to foster research-skills in preparation for the Stage 3 independent study module CAH3000 Portfolio II.

Outline Of Syllabus

Portfolio I is a research-focussed module based principally on study (devised to be taken in conjunction with the postrequisite module Portfolio II). The subject matter of Portfolio I consists of a collection of primary and secondary evidence for commentary supplied in a dossier containing 3 sections:
A: primary evidence: historiographical texts
B: primary evidence: an artefact from the GNM collection
C: primary evidence: either documentary sources or non-historiographical literary texts.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students should acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of specific aspects of ancient historiographical and methodological problems and of a large-scale historical issue.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion431:0043:00c.25% Guided independent research
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00Online lectures introducing the research tasks and providing case studies (2x1hr for first 7 weeks)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading411:0041:00c.25% guided independent study
Guided Independent StudySkills practice431:0043:00c.25% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Small group teaching of key research skills for Ancient Historians (online).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Drop ins/surgeries to discuss progress of research projects (online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study431:0043:00c.25% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students work independently, but:
Group meetings (a) distribute and explain the requirements of dossier of problems and evidence for commentary distributed to students; (b) provide question-and-answer sessions in ‘group-progress’ sessions, encouraging a self-critical approach to independent study and promoting improvements in oral communication and problem-solving skills.
Individual consultations with Portfolio coordinator (optional) assist students further in making an appropriate selection of items for commentary from the Portfolio I dossier.

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
Essay2M501 x 3,000 word commentary (historiography)
Essay2M251 x 1,500 word commentary (material culture)
Essay2M251 x 1,500 word commentary (other evidence)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.