CL2RO-Roman History: From Republic to Empire

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Annalisa Marzano


Summary module description:
This module focuses on Roman history from the turbulent days of the Republic to the reigns of the emperors.

This course aims to provide students with knowledge of the main historical events and political, social, and economic developments in the Roman world, from the late Republic to the late 2nd c. AD. Main topics include the emergence of the imperial administrative system, Rome’s relations with subjects, and the economic effects of Roman imperialism. Students will also be equipped to evaluate and use the different kinds of source material from which the history of the Roman world can be deduced.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- Describe and analyse key issues pertaining the history of the period examined;
- Interpret complex evidence and ideas, and construct a coherent argument from them;
- Discuss the most significant literary texts, inscriptions and archaeological evidence for the period, and assess the limitations of the different sources of evidence;
- Utilise and evaluate the most important modern theories and approaches relevant to the study of Roman history.

Additional outcomes:
The module develops oral communication skills and team-working, through discussions and presentations in seminars. It also encourages critical thinking in the assessment of ancient and modern texts, and encourages to work independently. It provides training in key research skills such as the use of web bibliographical and research databases.

Outline content:
This module treats key historical phases of Roman history spanning form the late 1st c. BC to the late 2nd c. AD. Topics examined will include political, social, cultural and economic history, such as the social structure, the political relationship between emperor and senate, the aims of the building programmes promoted by emperors in the capital and across the empire, the role of the army in the Romanization process. Throughout, the emphasis will be on the historiography of the period and close reading of key primary sources, so that students are encouraged to acquire the skills central to the study of antiquity.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two one-hour sessions a week consisting of a mixture of lectures and small group work. All sessions presume preparatory reading by students.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 6
Guided independent study 174
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:
?Students are required to produce one piece of coursework comprising an essay of c.2,000 words (worth 40% of total coursework mark) and an associated source criticism of 1,000 words (10% of total coursework mark), to be submitted by 12 noon on the last day of the term.??

Relative percentage of coursework: 50%


Formative assessment methods:

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:
    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 two hour paper

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed grade of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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