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Module

CAC1013 : Life and Literature in the Roman Republic

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claire Stocks
  • Lecturer: Dr Anke Walter, Professor Jakob Wisse
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:
1.To introduce students to the literary culture of Ancient Rome through study of a selection of case studies representing different genres.
2.To introduce students to key aspects of Roman Society in the Late Republican era as reflected in contemporary literature.
3.To equip students to understand the connections between Roman literature and its social context.
4.To train students in essential skills of the literary analysis of Roman literature and to develop flexibility in the application of these skills to the reading of different types of Roman literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

A selection of case studies will be used to illustrate the literature of the period, all chosen with a view to their representation of key moments in the evolution of Latin literature. All texts are studied in translation.
No previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Present in Person (but can switch to synchronous online if need be)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion531:0053:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Part of Contact hours.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading561:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in person seminars (which can switch to synchronous online if need be)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Guided reading and activities in preparation for the seminars (2x each week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Workshops to help prepare for assessments. Present in person but can change to online if need be.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

lecture materials + in person lectures provide both the essential background information to the study of Roman literature in the Late Republican era (and beyond). The workshops are used to prepare students for assessments. Small group teaching provides interactive demonstrations on the interpretation of texts giving students the opportunity to apply interpretative strategies for themselves. Guided non-synchronous activities encourage students to put their learning into practice according to a schedule that suits they own learning patterns.

All of these activities will ensure that students have the knowledge and practical skills needed to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M20Essay of 1000 words
Essay2A80Essay of 3000 words on a theme explored in the lectures/discussion.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first essay will provide the opportunity for feedback midway through the course, allowing students to approach the larger essay with a clear sense of the requirements and expectations. The essays test the students' ability to tackle larger literary questions and apply such larger insights to other texts.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

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.

Reading Lists

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