Module Details

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Title WAR, FAMINE, PESTILENCE AND DEATH: EUROPE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN FROM THE FALL OF ROME TO THE RISE OF ISLAM
Code HIST293
Coordinator Dr MJ Costambeys
History
Costa@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To develop students’ awareness of the main events and protagonists across the period;

To help students to identify themes and concepts in the relevant historiography, and to apply these to particular texts and problems;

To intensify knowledge and appreciation of the interconnection of different historical forces, movements and events.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondaryevidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

(LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) Students will become familiar with the principal themes in thehistoriography of Europe and the Mediterranean in the period c.450-c.650.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

The lecture programme (11 one hour lectures) will survey all the major developments of the period: the barbarian migrations and collapse of the Roman imperial regime in western Europe; the wars between barbarians and Romans; the attempts by the Byzantine empire to re-establish Roman hegemony, the dramatic changes in beliefs and religious practices; the appearance of the new religion of Islam and the associated (though perhaps not entirely connected) Arab conquest of North Africa and the Middle East. Most of seminars (five two hour seminars) will examine major issues of the period through contemporary texts and artefacts, and modern commentary: the barbarian migrations, the Gothic War, the Justinianic Plague, changing beliefs about death and burial, the origins of Islam and the Arab conquests.  The last two seminars will give students the opportunity to present their analyses of especially significant texts or artefacts.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Eleven 1-hour lectures. The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 1-hr, whole-class lectures in all weeks except Tutorial Week

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: Five 2-hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Max 15 students per group


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

10

        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Exam There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  2 hours    85       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Presentation There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  5 minutes    15       

Recommended Texts

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