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Module

CAH2207 : Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors (for V100 and VL12 Students Only)

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rowland Smith
  • Lecturer: Dr Don Miller
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module investigates central aspects of the history of the Roman imperial state over a broad time span of five centuries, from Octavian/Augustus to Romulus Augustulus, with particular reference to the foundation and early development of the Augustan & Julio-Claudian Principate, selected issues relating to the the High and Late Empire, and the representation of the Roman Empire in classical and postclassical historiography and political thought.

It aims to provide an opportunity:
to acquire a general knowledge of the subject;
to investigate in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography;
to read widely and critically in the relevant primary and secondary literature;
to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introductory overview on periodization and sources; foundation of the Augustan principate; the Julio-Claudian emperors; 'bridging classes' on the Flavian emperors to the emperor Hadrian; the High Empire of the Antonine and Severan emperors; towards the Late Empire; 'crisis' and Christianization. Representations of Roman Empire in historiography.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Introductory to module
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00asynchronous Q&A session
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00texts and short video
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00assigned readings and questions
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:152:00quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00completion of assignment 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00completion of assessment 2
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00reading and research related to weekly taught items
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Online
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion22:004:00Assignment prep and review
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Q&A discussion boards each week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Drop-in session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion81:008:00prep for discussion boards online
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAH2007Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous lecture materials introduce a range of topics and embed and advance knowledge and understanding of core knowledge through structured research and reading activities. Key skills of analysis will be developed through specific academic skills resources and activities.

Synchronous online discussion classes/seminars allow students to explore and discuss topics in more depth, consolidating knowledge gained through lecture materials.
Synchronous online surgeries give opp0rtunity to students to ask specific questions about the module and assessments and gain feedback on their written work alongside structured non-synchronous discussion.

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
Essay2M501700 words
Essay2M501700 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assignments assess the ability to engage in depth with key primary evidence and modern scholarship and construct a reasoned argument on the basis of these. In addition, they test the students’ ability to engage in independent research and communicate effectively in written form.

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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