CL3LAE-Late Antique Egypt

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou


Summary module description:
This module studies the transformation of Egypt over four centuries, from being a province of the Roman Empire to being a province of the Caliphate, and makes intensive use of the invaluable source material represented by the papyri for the study of social history.


The module aims to provide students with knowledge of the main issues in Late Antique Egyptian history and to familiarise them with the unique sources it is based on. It will encourage student research and the pursuit of specific personal interests within the remit of the module's topic.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- Describe, analyse and assess key issues pertaining to the history of the period examined.
- Locate, assemble and critically assess material on specific topics within the wider field studied
- Interpret primary sources of different natures, assess their respective relevance, identify the connections between them and use them to construct coherent arguments.
- Formulate and frame personal research questions
- Understand the terms and arguments of ongoing debates and take a critical position regarding them.

Additional outcomes:
The module will develop individual research skills in the use of databases, search for relevant information and synthesis; logical argumentation and deconstruction of unsound arguments; suspicion of arguments of authority; written and oral presentation skills.

Outline content:
The module will cover the social, economic, political, religious and cultural history of Egypt from the fourth to the eighth century, following the country through two important transformations, Early to Late Empire, and Late Empire to Caliphate. At the same time, it will address a number of key methodological issues such as long-term regional history, rhythms and modes of historical change, tension between central and local. A technical introduction to the sources and their proper use will be provided.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught in ten two-hour sessions. These will include a mix of lecture, group work, oral presentations and exercises, working up to a final essay on a subject chosen at the beginning of term from a suggested list. Sessions will require prior background reading.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 8
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

(1) One bibliographical exercise due by 12 noon on Friday week 3 (10%) (2) One text commentary c.1500 words chosen in week 3 and due in by 12 noon on Friday week 9 (30%) (3) One essay of about 3,000 words on a topic devised by the student and agreed with the convenor due in by 12 noon on Monday of the first week of Spring Term

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback will be provided for small research tasks building up to the final essay. These will include finding information, using data for specific purposes, presenting findings and writing up summary reports. The aim is to focus on perfecting a specific piece of work by going back to it several times.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 1st September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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