EC337-Processes of Long Term Political and Economic Change

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 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 Roman Empire and its relevance to studies of long-term political, cultural and economic change and to contemporary societies and economies in much more depth than in EC118 Economy, Politics and Culture in the Roman World.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Knowledge of the means by which one can reconstruct past societies and economies, of the Roman Empire, and how understanding of the past may be used to explore wider questions of long-term political and economic transformation. Skills to formulate arguments about this period based on evidence and to express them in essay form.

Additional outcomes:
Transferable skills of collating and synthesising data from written sources, note-taking and original thought.

Outline content:
Theories of long-term processes of political and economic change. Sources and methods for reconstructing first millennium Europe. Rome and its Empire to c.250; the early Roman economy; society and economy in the early Roman provinces. The Late Roman empire and economy; society and economy in the late Roman provinces. The end of the Western Roman empire. Late Antiquity, c.400-c.600. The 7th century transformation.

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:
Ten 2 hour lectures (with slides and handouts) given by the module convenor. Independent thought and reading, analytical skills, writing ability and detailed knowledge of the subject will be developed through essays.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Guided independent study 160 18
Total hours by term 180.00 20.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:
Two 2,000 word essays worth 10% each 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 3-hour unseen written paper.
    Part 3 examinations are held in the Summer term.

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination for 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):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: There may be optional costs associated with photocopying or printing sources listed on the reading list relating to this module. Please note that the Library charges approximately 5p per photocopy.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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