CL1CB-Rome in the Augustan Age

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou

Email: a.s.papaconstantinou@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to provide students, both beginners and those with some experience of the field, with a general knowledge and understanding of Roman history and culture as exemplified by the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Students will also acquire basic skills of source-criticism and literary, visual and historical analysis.

Aims:
This module aims to provide students, both beginners and those with some experience of the field, with a general knowledge and understanding of Roman history and culture as exemplified by the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Students will also acquire basic skills of source-criticism and literary, visual and historical analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•demonstrate good, basic knowledge of the history and culture of the period;
•evaluate and contextualize a variety of selected ancient material;
•locate and assemble material on the subject of study, with guidance;
•organise materials and present effectively written arguments.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students are also encouraged to develop their IT skills by use of computer resources.

Outline content:
The course examines different aspects of the history and culture of Augustan Rome, from imperialism and propaganda to art and literature. Augustus's regime itself provides a focal point for the diverse material considered, so that all the topics are clearly located in their historical context, and the module is a required introductory course for those continuing with Ancient History as well as Classical Studies. Lectures provide an outline of the events of the period as well as their Roman Republican background. Their structure, however, is primarily thematic, addressing topics such as war and civil war, slavery, propaganda, Virgil's Aeneid, the Roman live poets, and Augustan art and architecture. The topics are pursued further in seminars which focus on a selection of relevant ancient texts and images. The course represents current thinking and research on the various subjects covered, introducing even those students with prior experience of classical studies to new areas and methods. At the same time no specific knowledge is assumed as a prerequisite for this preliminary module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught by lectures and seminars with two or three contact hours per week.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 7
Guided independent study 173
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Written assignment including essay 33

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
Summative coursework will consist of one essay of 1,500-2,000 words, which must be submitted by 12 noon of the last Thursday of the Spring Term.

Relative percentage of coursework : 33%

Examinations
One paper of two hours, requiring two essays.

Formative assessment methods:
Formative assessment will consist of one short response (of c. 1000 words) to set passages. This will be due on the Thursday of week 5 of the Spring term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One paper of one and a half hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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