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CAC1012 : Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Haysom
  • 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 aims of this module are:
To introduce students to major themes in the art, architecture and archaeology of Greece and Rome.
To develop students’ knowledge of the technical terminology used in the study of Classical Art and Archaeology.
To introduce students to methods for the analysis of Classical Art and Archaeology.
To introduce the Classical collections held in the Great North Museum.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics vary from year to year. They might include: Iron Age Greece; Orientalising; Panhellenic Sanctuaries; Greek Temple Architecture; Athens and Sparta; Greek Painted Pottery; Domestic Housing; Burial, Early Rome; The Augustan Cultural Revolution; The Flavians; Architecture of Rome.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00weekly lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Small group teaching
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities121:0012:00seminar preparation x 2 hours per each small group seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:002 surgeries (assessment review and formative feedback/mid module review) - online
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the major topics of the module. They will give students an overview of the material and the scholarship on Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Teacher-presented materials in lectures are not meant to provide students with answers but to act as a guide for their further reading and study, providing pointers to key scholars, case studies and approaches, whilst also providing the overall structure for student learning.

Small group seminars will allow students to explore and discuss topics in more depth, consolidating knowledge gained through lectures and lecture materials. This will allow students to examine primary material with greater focus or gain direct support for their comprehension of key pieces of academic literature.

Drop-in surgeries will allow students to ask specific questions and feedback about the module and assessments as well as gain feedback on their written work in tandem with structured non-synchronous discussion.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401500 word essay
Essay1A602000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and facilitates the development of key skills in analysis, research, reading and writing. The first essay will be based on set pieces of material culture that have been covered in lectures and seminars. It will introduce the students to elementary university skills: academic writing, the use of recommended reading lists to expand on knowledge gained in class, the proper use and acknowledgement of academic sources. It will also give the students the opportunity to begin applying approaches to the interpretation of archaeological and iconographic evidence learned in class, such as analysis on the basis of context and patterns of association. The feedback from this essay will provide formative guidance for the second essay. The second essay will encourage the students to apply the skills they have practiced in the first essay to a broader issue, looking at how archaeological and iconographic evidence contributes to more broad historical issues.

All of the assessments for this module will be submitted and marked online.

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.

Reading Lists