CLMBSR-City of Rome

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Matthew Nicholls


Summary module description:
This module taught by and at the British School at Rome (admission by separate application in the student's first term of study) aims to develop the student's research skills in the study of ancient Rome, through first-hand experience of its monuments and their relation to the topography, development and function of the imperial capital.

This module aims to develop the student's research skills in the study of ancient Rome, through first-hand experience of its monuments and their relation to the topography, development and function of the imperial capital.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able:

  • to analyse selected monuments of the City of Rome in terms of their structural history, their architectural characteristics, their place in the development of the urban plan, their social, economic or religious function, and their subsequent use and influence;
  • to recognise and interpret aspects of the physical remains of selected monuments in the field;
  • to locate, extract and assemble data and information from varied sources with minimal guidance;
  • to organise wide-ranging material and to articulate complex arguments effectively in writing in assessed essays, and orally in seminar discussions and site presentations.

Additional outcomes:
The module also promotes the development of high-level problem-solving skills applied to diverse, complex and incomplete data. Seminar presentations and the development of individual essay topics encourage independent learning and the exercise of initiative. Students will practice language skills through reading foreign language publications and attending seminars and site visits in Italian.

Outline content:
One half of the module is devoted to site visits, supplemented by lectures and seminars, given by the Course Directors and/or distinguished guest speakers. The other half is reserved for individual study supervised by the Course Directors. The module begins with a discussion of the topography and infrastructure of the city, and continues with a detailed study of the most important monuments of the Roman period, emphasising recent discoveries and controversies. It concludes with a discussion of the relation of the city to its suburbium, including Ostia and Portus. Some topics are also chosen to suit the research needs of individual students or the interests of guest speakers.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Guided site visits, requiring student preparation in advance, lectures and seminars. Students have a major topic for study agreed with the home institution, on which they present a seminar and submit a written paper.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 4
Tutorials 8
External visits 80 65
Guided independent study 68 65
Total hours by term 158.00 142.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Project output other than dissertation 30
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Coursework is assessed by one seminar presentation (10%), class participation (30%), and one major essay of 4-5,000 words. (60%) The first two marks are awarded by the British School's course director; the essay is marked at the BSR and moderated in Reading, and the three components added to produce an overall module mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of written work and oral work by agreement with Programme Director.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: BSR accommodation fee (full board, 2015) €2100, plus flights.

Last updated: 18 May 2017

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