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Module

ARA8150 : Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Jackson
  • Lecturer: Professor Ian Haynes, Dr Jane Webster
  • Other Staff: Dr Rob Collins, Dr Sophie Moore, Mrs Eniko Hudak
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this course is to provide a foundation for future masters and doctoral study by providing
an advanced knowledge of both the topography and architecture of Rome and the material culture of
the Roman provinces.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course consists of a series of practical archaeology seminars usually including:
Interpretations of provincial art and archaeology
Archaeologies of Ritual and belief
Slavery
Networks
Foodways
Burial
Hoarding
Dress
Processions
Pilgrimage

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading161:0016:00Preparation for the time in Rome including formative assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities321:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork27:0014:00Fieldtrip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and relationship to learning outcomes: The emphasis on seminars is to support a flexible response to the development of student skills and interests.

Lectures are used to open up key themes running through the seminar programme.

The Students will prepare in advance of the fieldtrip in Rome and will deliver on site presentations prepared as formative work in advance.

If the Fieldtrip has to be cancelled for a reason beyond our control we would still have completed the 22 hours of delivery that is the minimum for PGT modules. We would seek to provide alternative (online) resources, and to enable students to perform their site case studies (formative) remotely.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M752000 word essay on agreed topic in Roman Archaeology
Written exercise1A251500 word exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1M500-word formative presentation of a case study (building, statue etc) to be prepared for delivery on site in Rome
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay requires students to research a topic in Roman archaeology which they explore through independent study applying the practical and research skills demonstrated in the seminars.

The written exercise requires students to develop a material culture timeline to demonstrate a broader understanding of Roman archaeology.

The formative presentation will be prepared for delivery on site in Rome. It could include one of the case studies picked for the written exercise but would need to be presented to the group at the site.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key 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.

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