CL2VRA-Voices from the Roman Army

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Peter Kruschwitz

Email: p.kruschwitz@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Commonly associated with war, imperialism, and destruction, the role of the Roman army as an institution that ensured relative stability, (internal) peace, and the cultural formation of Europe as we know it, can hardly be overestimated. Historical scholarship, when dealing with the military, often talks in abstract terms, discussing ‘the general’ or ‘the legion’, but rarely sees the army as what it really was: a ‘bunch of guys wearing the same colour clothing’(Maj Frank Burns, M*A*S*H 4077), whose focus was ensured by strict enforcement of military discipline. But why were these ‘guys wearing the same colour clothing’?

This module will approach the complex world that is ‘the Roman army’ from a highly idiosyncratic, personal point of view: focusing on individuals rather than tactics, units, or command structures, we will aim to gian an insight into the nature of Rome’s fighting forces as well as everyday concerns of those who helped building the Roman empire with their service. This module will provide an introduction to the Roman Army, focusing on sources such as inscriptions, papyri, documentary letters, etc., from a prosopographical viewpoint, and thus allow for students to develop their own, independent approach to one of the most fascinating aspects of the Roman empire.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to the principles, methods, and applications of Latin epigraphy, papyrology, and epistolography using the paradigm of the Roman army as a vehicle for that. It will thus foster a critical and analytical approach to the interpretation of a central aspect of the ancient world in all its ramifications based on a particular and peculiar types of evidence.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the conclusion of this module, it is expected that students will be able to:
• analyse and critically appraise ancient inscriptions and papyri as well as modern epigraphical and papyrological scholarship;
• identify key issues of scholarly research and debate on the Roman Army;
• understand how our interpretation of the ancient world depends on the paradigms of auxiliary disciplines;
• develop and carry out independent research, forming articulate and well evidenced arguments.

Additional outcomes:
The module encourages independent thought and development of own questions as well as the development of oral and written communication skills. It also encourages critical thinking, familiarises students with research methods and the most relevant resources in the subject area.

Outline content:
Sessions will offer a variety of introductory lectures and in-depth discussions of relevant texts and issues, focusing on students’ needs and interests. They will also, on occasion, take the shape of workshops, to support students’ needs with regard to the production of assessed outputs.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will proceed by lectures (some of which may be seminar-like in style, depending on group interests and dynamics); students will also have up to five hours of additional supervision on developing and carrying out independent research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Project Supervision 5
Guided independent study 85
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
This module will be assessed by a 3,000 words essay (90%), due on Friday week 1 of the next term, and a contribution of a source (including a short commentary / discussion of max. 500 words, as well as a bibliography) to the module’s dedicated ‘Views from the Roman Army’ webpage (10%, final draft due by Friday of week 10 of the term in which this module was taught).

Formative assessment methods:
Students are expected to give a 15 min in-class presentation of their preliminary work from week 7 (i.e. post-enhancement week) of term.

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:http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
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.

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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework in August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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