Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ARA8150 : Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The Graduate Seminar combines on-site seminars at some of the Roman world’s most remarkable
sites with close study of one of the World’s finest collections of Roman artefacts. It begins with
Roman provincial archaeology and Hadrian’s Wall before moving south for an intensive study trip to
Rome. Students undertake intensive practical study of a range of categories of artefact, from pottery
to coinage, using the University’s museum collections. This course therefore offers a comprehensive
introduction to Roman archaeology for graduate students, providing excellent preparation for further
study at masters and doctoral level.
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 including:
The Buildings and Topography of Rome (residential in Rome)
Provincial cities
Roman Landscapes
Archaeologies of Cultural Transformation under the Empire
Archaeologies of Ritual and belief
Archaeology of Roman Army (seminars take place on sites on Hadrian’s Wall)
Systems collapse and the end of the Roman Empire
Epigraphy (work with university collections)
Slavery and Society
Roman ceramics / Interpreting artefact assemblages (work with university collections)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1001:00100:00(62.5% of independent study time)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading481:0048:00(30% of independent study time)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00Hybrid lecture/ Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork12:002:00Wallsend fieldtrip
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork120:0020:00Rome Fieldwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study114:0014:00(7.5% of independent study time)
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A2560 minute in-house test analysis of 5 pictures (500 words total)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M753000 word essay on agreed topic in Roman Archaeology
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 test requires a depth of knowledge of key texts enabling students to demonstrate a broader understanding of Roman archaeology.

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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