Module Catalogue 2021/22

HIS3350 : Travelling the Mediterranean: passages from antiquity to modernity

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anton Caruana Galizia
  • 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

This module aims to:
1) Examine the history of Mediterranean as a body of water that creates a myriad of cultural exchanges, and as a highly integrated yet varied space.
2) Provide an opportunity to investigate in depth selected historical themes and problems from an interdisciplinary perspective and across conventional periodization.
3) Provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of Mediterranean history, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it.
4) Provide an opportunity to examine and evaluate a range of examples of travel-writing and their relevance to historical study.
5) Examine and evaluate a range of historical perspectives and to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following is a guide to the topics of the seminar discussion (actual topics may differ from those listed):
1. Ancient diasporas
2. Our sea
3. Waters between
4. Routes east and west
5. Frontier
6. On tour
7. Corrupting sea
8. Global pond
9. Against all fundamentalisms

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students who complete the module should be able to demonstrate:
•       A broad knowledge of the history of the Mediterranean.
•       A broad knowledge of the historiography of the Mediterranean.
•       A specific knowledge of key themes in Mediterranean history.
•       A detailed knowledge of selected source materials (textual and non-textual) in translation.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students who complete the course should be able to:

•Identify appropriate key documents and related source material relevant to the course and to their interests.
•Analyse and synthesise a range of source material relevant to the themes and topics covered during the course.
•Develop further the ability to form and express critical and evidence-based arguments, based on the above.
•Participate effectively in group discussion, building confidence in public speaking.
•Organise time effectively to develop the capacity for independent study and to meet deadlines.

The module will thereby foster the development of skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and the presentation of results.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion791:0079:00For two assessment components split as needed
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:001 hr total recorded lecture materials p/w, part of student contact hours
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities441:0044:00Structured reading in secondary and primary materials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00I seminar p/w source material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:001 seminar p/w historiography
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00Recommended and further reading.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. In the event that on-campus sessions need to be reduced, there is the capacity to present recorded materials asynchronously and retain timetabled slots for live discussion of these materials.

Lectures and non-synchronous lecture materials will introduce topics and provide expert orientation and exposition on a broad range of themes and issues, supplemented by the module reading list. In the event that on-campus sessions need to be reduced, there is the capacity to present recorded materials asynchronously and retain timetabled slots for live discussion of these materials.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502,000 word primary source analyses
Essay2A502,000 word historiography essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays test students’ ability to conduct independent research, relate primary source documents to broader problems, formulate an interpretation of evidence in response to a question, and write in clear academic language.

Primary source analyses test students' ability to engage closely with primary sources, assessing issues such as authorship, genre, context, style, and usefulness to the historian. The ability to expound and critique a text lucidly, succinctly and with relevance.

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

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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 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 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.