CAH2009 : Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Independent study module involving critical study of prescribed items of ancient evidence.The module aims to provide an opportunity to investigate in some depth selected problems, with appraisal of selected source material and critical examination of current historiography, and to foster research-skills in preparation for the Stage 3 independent study module CAH3000 Portfolio II.

Outline Of Syllabus

Portfolio I is a research-focussed module based principally on study (devised to be taken in conjunction with the postrequisite module Portfolio II). The subject matter of Portfolio I consists of a collection of primary and secondary evidence for commentary supplied in a dossier containing 3 sections:
A: primary evidence: historiographical texts
B: primary evidence: an artefact from the GNM collection
C: primary evidence: either documentary sources or non-historiographical literary texts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion471:0047:0025% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading471:0047:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice471:0047:0025% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study471:0047:0025% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students work independently, but:
Group meetings (a) distribute and explain the requirements of dossier of problems and evidence for commentary distributed to students; (b) provide question-and-answer sessions in ‘group-progress’ sessions, encouraging a self-critical approach to independent study and promoting improvements in oral communication and problem-solving skills.
Individual consultations with Portfolio coordinator (optional) assist students further in making an appropriate selection of items for commentary from the Portfolio I dossier.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M501 x 3,000 word commentary (historiography)
Essay2M251 x 1,500 word commentary (material culture)
Essay2M251 x 1,500 word commentary (other evidence)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.

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