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BA Latin and French

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100

Unit code CAHE31431
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Classics & Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The course examines aspects of Roman society in the Late Republic and early Empire, with emphasis on the period 100 BC- AD 100. Approximately the first third of the course deals with Roman values (e.g. aspects of the aristocratic ethic) and cultural attitudes and the reaction to the increasing hellenisation of Roman society in the later Republic. The rest of the course builds on these foundations and looks at individual areas of Roman life in the light of these values. Specific areas may include aspects of philosophy and religion, medicine, agriculture and seafaring, and the Roman games.

Aims

To offer Level 3 undergraduate students the opportunity to study aspects of Roman society in a crucial period of cultural transition. At Level 3, a broader and more complex core of texts than at Level 2 will include a selection which introduces more sophisticated or controversial issues surrounding the topics covered.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify a range of Roman cultural attitudes and recognise their effects and that of  a response to the influence of Hellenic culture, in a number of areas of Roman life.
  •  Engage critically with a range of ancient evidence, including core texts and also some more challenging extracts.

Syllabus

See Course Unit  Overview

Teaching and learning methods

  • 2 x 1 hour lectures per week;  22 lectures in total
  • 1 x 1 hour seminar per week; 11 tutorials in total
  • Blackboard: all lectures will be supported either by PowerPoint or by a handout, both of which will be uploaded to Blackboard after each lecture. Bibliographical materials and preparation for seminars will also be uploaded on a weekly basis.
  • Additional eLearning content: some commentaries and translations are available on-line, as are resources such as the Oxford Classical Dictionary. Instruction will be given (in seminars and/or electronically) on using eLearning materials and on-line resources.

 

  • Tasks will be set for each seminar; detailed feedback on these and on summatively assessed work will be given to students to aid personal development and exam preparation.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic values which underpinned Roman society and of the effects, perceived or actual, of the increasing infiltration of that society by the Greeks and their culture.

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an enhanced ability: to perform close textual analysis and more broadly based thematic readings;
  • evaluate critically both primary evidence and secondary literature;
  • apply a range of interpretative approaches; to envisage a written text as one element of a wider historical picture;
  • In keeping with the broader range of texts, including more complex examples, which students at Level 3 will have studied, they are expected to have gained a greater level of sophistication and breadth of knowledge than those taking the course at Level 2.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate good oral and written communication skills;
  • take responsibility for individual learning;
  • appreciate the views of individuals from different cultures.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to construct an argument in written and oral form, to pose questions about complex issues;
  • assimilate and summarise large quantities of evidence;
  • locate and retrieve relevant information from primary sources;
  • conduct bibliographic searches;
  • present the results in a professional manner with appropriate reference to sources and modern published scholarship;
  • use e-resources and gain knowledge of research methods and resources;
  • manage time and resources;
  • engage in critical discussion.

Employability skills

Other
By the end of this course students will be able to: - demonstrate the ability to construct an argument in written and oral form, to pose questions about complex issues; - assimilate and summarise large quantities of evidence; - locate and retrieve relevant information from primary sources; - conduct bibliographic searches; - present the results in a professional manner with appropriate reference to sources and modern published scholarship; - use e-resources and gain knowledge of research methods and resources; - manage time and resources; - engage in critical discussion

Assessment methods

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Commentaries

1600 words (2x800)

30%

Essay

2000 words

30%

Exam

2 hours

40%

 

Feedback methods

  • Written feedback on formative and summative assessment (see above); all summative coursework feedback is designed to contribute formatively towards improvement in subsequent assessment. Students are encouraged to seek formative feedback ahead of the first assignment of the unit by discussing work plans and approaches during seminars (where appropriate) 
  • Additional one-to-one feedback 

Recommended reading

Preliminary reading should include:

  • J.P.V.D.Balsdon, Romans and Aliens (1979)
  • M.L. Clarke, The Roman Mind: Studies in the History of Thought from Cicero to Marcus Aurelius (1956).
  • D. Earl , The Moral and Political Tradition of Rome (1967).
  • L.P.Wilkinson, The Roman Experience (1975)
  • Elizabeth Rawson, Intellectual Life in the Late Roman Republic, 1985).
  • A. Wardman, Rome's Debt to Greece (1976).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 165

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Mary Beagon Unit coordinator

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