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Module

CAH3036 : Roman Egypt

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

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide you with a detailed introduction to the society, culture and economy of Egypt as a province of the Roman Empire between the first and the third century AD.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module investigates the main topics of current scholarly interest in the history of Egypt from 30 BC, when Egypt became a Roman province, to the late third century AD, before the enforcement of the Diocletian’s reforms.

Topics include the position of Egypt within the Roman Empire and its relationship with Rome; identity and social mobility; religion; the role of non-agricultural activities, including trades and professional associations; slavery; population, family and the role of women; the city of Alexandria and the Jewish revolts; and the third-century developments.

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 materials181:0018:00Short recordings of lecture material, totalling 2 hours per week (available online on Canvas)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Weekly one hour guided reading task (1 article or book chapter, available online on Canvas)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:002 hours per week preparation for seminar discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online one hour per week seminars (via Zoom)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00Online discussion boards on a question or ancient source related to the weekly topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Synchronous online drop-in/Q&A sessions (via Zoom)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00Student research activity related to the topics introduced each week (e.g. reading lists)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide the students with a structured outline of core knowledge and methodologies which are essential for approaching the key historical topics of the module. They also offer the students the necessary instruments to analyse and discuss the primary evidence and secondary literature independently.

Seminars are specifically designed to provide the students with in-depth discussion and further analysis of a selected number of topics, issues and pieces of primary evidence which have been presented in the lectures.

Weekly guided reading tasks will enable students to engage with a particular aspect of the topic for the week. Students will be given an article or book chapter to read in advance of the Drop-in/Q&A session, including a range of questions which aim to encourage critical analysis of specific issues.

Weekly drop-in/Q&A sessions will allow students to discuss the reading task with the lecturer and ask any question they might have about the topic for the week.

Weekly discussion boards on Canvas will provide students with an opportunity to further engage with an ancient source or specific question relevant to the week topic. Students will be able to do so over a 24-hour period, after which time the Discussion Board will be closed and the lecturer will moderate the various answers over one-hour period.

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
Essay2M502,000-word essay
Essay2A502,000-word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two 2,000-word essays assess the students’ ability to conduct independent research on a chosen topic. They test their analytical skills and ability to discuss complex material (primary evidence and secondary literature) critically and succinctly.


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

Timetable