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ARA8150 : Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Walsh
  • Lecturer: Professor Ian Haynes
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 lectures and seminars.
Topics usually include:
Interpretations of provincial art and archaeology
Archaeologies of Ritual and belief

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities321:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork27:0014:00Fieldtrip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00N/A
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.

The fieldtrip is considered to be a compulsory part of this module. If the module is taken as a compulsory part of the degree or as an option students must be prepared to attend the fieldtrip. Students must find the funding to cover the travel and accommodation in Rome while on this fieldtrip.

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

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

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.

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.

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