Rome''s Mediterranean Empire
University of Reading
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units8
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: ArchaeologyNumber of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]Level:5Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2014/5Module Convenor: Dr Andrew SouterEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummary module description:Aims:The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the particular character of the archaeological, architectural, documentary, and visual evidence for the Roman presence in the Italian Peninsula and the Mediterranean (c.300 BC to 300 AD). Students will learn to interrogate the theoretical and methodological means through which scholars have approached Roman Mediterranean material culture.Assessable learning outcomes:By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:? recognise and to evaluate the main types of archaeological evidence for the period? identify social, cultural, material and visual developments in the Mediterranean during this period? recognise and critically evaluate current theoretical approaches to and interpretations of the period? organise material and to articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essaysAdditional outcomes:The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills, team-working and problem-solving in group seminars, and students will have the opportunity for self-study.Outline content:This module traces the development of Rome from its beginning on the Italian peninsula through its expansion into the Mediterranean. Lectures will chronologically situate broad themes such as cultural exchanges, stylistic developments, and the roles of material culture. Case studies will be drawn from major sites such as Rome, Pompeii, Ostia, Athens and Aphrodisias. Essays will prepare students to discuss issues of chronology, technique, and style in art and architecture. We will also address overarching issues and themes in archaeology, ancient history and art history through the reading and discussion of current scholarly articles in these fields.Global context:This module introduces students to the cultural history and material culture of the Mediterranean region as well as North Africa, the Near East, and Europe.Brief description of teaching and learning methods:Illustrated lectures, group seminars, and structured group discussions and debates requiring preparatory reading. Students will write one assessed essay, which will be returned in individual tutorials. Students will take an exam that assesses the skills acquired in understanding the geography, terminology, and/or material culture of the Roman Empire.Contact hours:Autumn SummerLectures 12Tutorials 8 2Guided independent study 178Total hours by term 198.00 2.00Total hours for module 200.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 40Written assignment including essay 60Other information on summative assessment:Written assignment (including essay):Students will write one essay of c.3000 words. The mark of this essay will be counted towards assessment.Relative percentage of coursework: 40%Penalties for late submission:Penalties for late submission of course work will be in accordance with University policy.Written Examination:One two-hour exam requiring two essay answers.Relative percentage of coursework: 60%Formative assessment methods:Students will peer-review essay outlines and bibliographies for the final essay.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.pdfYou 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:Two-hours.Requirements for a pass:Mark of 40% overall.Reassessment arrangements:Re-examination in August / SeptemberLast updated: 8 October 2014
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