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Undergraduate Course: The Severans (ANHI10007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAncient History Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will look at the reigns of the Severans: Septimius Severus and his son Caracalla and their successors, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus. Septimius hoped to bring renewed stablity to an Empire that had suffered since the death of Marcus Aurelius in 180, and we shall consider the success in the light of his own reign and that of his son. The situation deteriorated, however, under Elagabalus, and was stabilised briefly under the reign of Alexander, despite his youth. The course will consider the changes that occurred in this period, militarily, socially and politically. It will involve the inter-relation of a wide variety of different types of evidence, notably literary, epigraphic and archaeological, and the development of the skills required to interpret these in the construction of a history of the Severan age.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A Pass in a 1st or 2nd Level Ancient History course, or equivalent experience at the course organiser's discretion.
Additional Costs Approximately 20 for books.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the course successfully will be able by the end of the course to demonstrate in written examination and course work, as well as in class discussion:

- an understanding of the political and social context of the Severan emperors;
- an understanding of the changes to the Roman Empire brought about by challenges to imperial power both within and outside of Rome;
- an understanding of the interaction of various sources of evidence (literary, epigraphic and archaeological) in the construction of an historical understanding.

Transferable Skills:
Students will also demonstrate that they can:
- gather material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent data set.
- compare differing sets of data from varying situations and draw conclusions from them.
- evaluate different approaches to and explanations of material, and make critical choices between them.
- express clearly ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing.
- organise complex and lengthy sets of arguments and draw these together into a coherent conclusion.
- organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.

Assessment Information
An essay completed during the period of the course (30%), marks awarded to seminar presentations (20%), degree examination (2 hrs) (50%).

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
An essay completed during the period of the course (30%); marks awarded to seminar presentations (20%);
Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination, to take place in Week 12 (see the current course handbook for further details) (50%).
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Sandra Bingham
Tel: (0131 6)50 6689
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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