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Module

CAH2208 : Issues in Ancient History

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Don Miller
  • Lecturer: Dr Micaela Langellotti, Dr John Holton, Dr Simon Corcoran, Dr Rowland Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The purpose of this module is to introduce students in the BA with Honours in Ancient History to more detailed work on particular aspects and problems of ancient history. It is designed to illustrate the ways of approaching and researching problems in ancient history. The problems chosen are from the general areas of the lecturers' research interests. In particular the aim is to concentrate on methods and the ways of exploiting different kinds of evidence. The essays which form the assessment enable you to carry out your own research in these areas.

This module aims to provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

In a typical year the module might be based around the exploration of such key issues as:

Inscriptions (e.g. approaches to the interpretation of epigraphic evidence)

Written records, such as papyri and writing tablets (eg documents on Roman history, Vindolanda Tablets)

Religion and Roman History (e.g. The trial and execution of Jesus, Judea as a Roman province)

Greeks and non-Greeks (e.g. Herodotus and the 'Other'; Greeks and Barbarians)

Assessment is by 2 x 50% essay, submitting two essays of 1,750 words each.

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 materials12:002:00Introduction to Module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Research and Writing of Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Research and Writing of Essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00A combination of short videos and texts
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00Student Research Activity Related to the Topics Introduced Each Week
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Key Reading Task w/ Questions to Accompany Each Case Study
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities90:203:00Quizzes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Small group teaching
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00Weekly Q&A Discussion Boards
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion21:002:00Assignment review and Q&A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion12:002:00Asynchronous Q&A Session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Drop-in Session w/ Staff
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Additional Personal Research
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study18:008:00Preparation for online discussions
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and the stimulate development of independent research and note-taking skills. Discussion allows students to develop their grasp of specific aspects and their communication skills.

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
Essay1M50Essay of 1,750 words
Essay1A50Essay of 1,750 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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 unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of other students on the module.

In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator will have the final say on such issues.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will require the provision of an alternative assessment before the end of teaching week 12. The alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 1,500 word essays in addition to the other coursework assessment. The essays should be set so as to assure full coverage of the course content.

Study-abroad, exchange proper 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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