Module Details

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Title RULING THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Code CLAH261
Coordinator Professor CEP Adams
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Colin.Adams@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Additional Programme Information

 

Aims

To introduce to students how the Roman Empire worked;

To introduce students to the main institutions of government, finance, and commerce;

To introduce students to a wide range of historical sources, with the aim to develop their skills of synthesis, interpretation, and, through coursework and exams, historical argument.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the institutions of government in the Roman Empire, of differing social groups within the empire, and of the financial, agricultural and economic life of the Roman world.

(LO2) Students will be able to show the ability to read and analyse a range of ancient primary evidence, be aware of instances were this evidence is controversial or contradictory, and be able to deploy such evidence in answer to historical questions.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to present historical argument in both oral and written form.

(LO4) Students will be able to show an understanding of recent and appropriate theoretical approaches to the study of the Roman Empire.

(LO5) Students will develop transferable skills (not all directly assessed) such as note-taking skills, analytical reading, synthesize and analyze historical evidence, an awareness of controversy in modern literature, lucid and detailed written argument, and time management.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S2) Time and project management - personal organisation

(S3) Research skills - all information skills


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture:
Lectures: delivery of core knowledge and evidence – key events, information relevant to themes and primary evidence.

Seminar:
Students present short lectures on specific texts (from a range of choices), thus developing IT and presentations skills.


Syllabus

 

Each week will normally include two lecture, but some weeks will have one lecture and one seminar. Topics covered may include:

Introduction and sources;

The Emperor's role;

Imperial image;

The Senate; Senators and Equites;

Seminar: Senatorial and equestrian careers;

Social status;

Citizenship;

Seminar: Usupatio;

Procincial government;

Municipal administration;

Seminar: Pliny in Bithynia-Pontus;

Slaves;

Freedmen;

Army: Legions and auxilia;

Praetorian Guard and Viri Militares;

Imperial finances;

Taxing the Empire;

Supplying Rome: Public entertainment;

Seminar: Roman Ostia;

Villa economies;

Imperial estates;

Commerce and connectivity.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20

4

        24
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Source Criticism Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously.  -2500 words    50       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2500 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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