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ARA8030 : Frontier Communities of Roman Britain

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The sheer quantity of information available for the frontiers of Roman Britain allows unparalleled
opportunities for archaeological analysis.

This module aims to:
• Enable students to critically investigate the archaeology of frontiers and Romano-British society.
• Develop students’ ability to work with archaeological evidence.
• Explore and assess the degree to which theories of community, ethnicity and identity can illuminate the archaeological record.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course will not only examine the fascinating structures
and settlements that formed Rome’s frontier systems, the Gask Line, Stanegate, Hadrian’s Wall and
the Antonine Wall, it will also investigate the remarkably diverse communities which lived and worked
in their vicinity. We will ask what archaeology can tell
us of these different groups. In each case, whether discussing the diverse contingents of successive
Roman garrisons or the varied civilian populations that interacted with them, we will gain rich insight
into life in Northern Britain under imperial rule.

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 completion150:0050:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00Delivered in 15 min segments grouped into notional 1 hour blocks
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading118:0018:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision33:009:00Person to person teaching blocks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARA3021Frontier Communities of Roman Britain
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The structure of the course ensures that students acquire detailed knowledge of sites, with extensive experience of finds materials, with an appreciation of wider synthesis.
Lecture materials: impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
Seminars delivered through scheduled online contact time encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

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
Essay1M753,000 words
Written exercise1M25N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exercise 25% A three part exercise which will examine a student’s ability to 1. Identify major sites and features on Britain’s Northern Frontier 2. The material culture of the Frontier zone and 3. The epigraphy of the Frontier zone. Students will be asked to present three images in each category (a total of nine images) and will be expected to write a brief technical commentary on two images in each category (a total of eight commentaries). This will test the students advanced knowledge of the frontier zone, their ability to use advanced finds recording skills (as required by PAS) and advanced skills in the reading of Roman textual sources.

Essay 3000 words 75%. Examination of a selected frontier community. Students will be expected to evaluate a range of archaeological evidence for an agreed frontier community. This exercise will require a mastery of research agenda and the advanced skills necessary to evaluate and exploit reports, a key source of archaeological information. The community chosen is to be agreed with the module leader.

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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