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ARA8128 : Armies and Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module will provide students with an advanced knowledge of the Roman Empire’s armies and frontiers from the 1st-5th centuries AD.

This module draws upon Newcastle University’s exceptional history of research into the armies and frontiers of the Roman Empire. It capitalizes on both the University’s proximity to Hadrian’s Wall, the most famous stretch of the Roman frontier works in the world, and its extensive archival holdings with data on the Danubian, North African and Eastern Provinces. The module examines both the unifying and divergent attributes of provincial armies, frontier communities, and frontier zones. In so doing it emphasizes the importance of frontier studies to our understanding of the Empire as a whole. The frontiers of the Roman Empire emerge not as remote and marginal zones, but as some of the most dynamic regions in the provinces, enjoying a distinct and privileged relationship with the heart of the Empire. Furthermore, frontiers are amongst the most intensively studied areas of the Roman world. Students will develop advanced knowledge of key imperial frontier regions.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Module Introduction
2.       Comparative Approaches to Roman Frontier Studies
3.       Continuity and change in the Roman Army
4.       The Archaeology of Roman Military Bases
5.       Military Communities: sources and interpretations
6.       Barbarians (and Persians)!
7.       Archaeologies of Conflict
8.       Frontier Case Studies (Britain; Rhine; Danube; Near East; North Africa)
9.       The Final Frontiers

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion851:0085:0050% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:002:00Practical
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:0030% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching131:0013:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Field trip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study351:0035:0020% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The structure supports student work on the University’s extensive collections. Field visits to sites of Roman frontiers aid students in acquiring detailed knowledge of sites.

Lectures 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 encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M803,500 words (plus tables and appendices)
Written exercise2M10Wiki 1 - 1,000 words (plus tables and appendices)
Written exercise2M10Wiki 2 - 1,000 words (plus tables and appendices)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay - 3,500 words (plus tables, illustrations, and appendices) in the form of a critical essay assessing and synthesising current thinking of a specified frontier (or portion of frontier) to be agreed by the Module Leader. x 2 wiki entries - 1000 words each (plus tables, illustrations and appendices) in the form of a concise 'essay' assessing and synthesising current thinking on site or topic to be agreed with the Module Leader.

The task of completing an essay and 2 wiki entries that synthesises information across a number of sites and evidence from multiple media challenges students' understanding of the research process, proper use of archaeological resources, and their knowledge of particular research agendas as well as site-specific details. The exercises prepare them for the type of data-summary and analysis that would be expected of anyone entering the archaeological or heritage profession.

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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