EC119-Economy, Politics and Culture from the fall of Rome to the rise of feudalism

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Ken Dark


Summary module description:

Understanding the period from the end of the Roman Empire to the end of the ‘Viking Age’ in Europe and the Middle East, and its relevance to studies of long-term political, cultural and economic change and to contemporary societies and economies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Knowledge of the period from the end of the Roman Empire to the end of the ‘Viking Age’ in Europe and the Middle East. Skills to formulate arguments about this period based on evidence and to express them in essay form.

Additional outcomes:
Understanding of the importance of knowledge of pre-Modern societies and economies for analysts of long-term political and economic transformations. Transferable skills of collating and synthesising data from written sources, note-taking and original thought.

Outline content:
The relevance of pre-Modern history to understanding political and economic transformations; sources and techniques for reconstructing the fifth to eleventh centuries AD; the collapse of the Western Roman Empire; barbarian kingdoms in the fifth- and sixth-century West; fifth- and sixth-century Britain; the Early Byzantine Empire; the 7th century transformation; the Carolingians; the Middle Byzantine Empire; Vikings and the origins of feudalism.

Global context:
This module contributes to the distinctive role of studies of pre-Modern periods, and of understanding the importance of politics and culture for economic systems, in teaching economics at Reading.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Ten x 1 hour lectures with directed reading, in order to help students to read widely in order to enhance their knowledge and their performance in assessment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 1
Guided independent study 80 9
Total hours by term 90.00 10.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Written assignment including essay 20

Other information on summative assessment:
One 2,000 word essay worth 20% of the overall mark for the module.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    One 2 hour unseen written paper.
    Part 1 examinations are held in the Summer term.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination of all modules takes place in August/September of the same year.
    Re-assessment is by examination only; coursework is not included at the second attempt.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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