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Undergraduate Course: The World of St Augustine (ANHI10013)

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 descriptionThe life and works of St Augustine (354-430) continue to fascinate those interested in history as well as theology and philosophy. This course uses the life and writings of Augustine as a springboard into a fascinating period of transformation and conflict. The letters, sermons and treatises of Augustine help illuminate such diverse subjects as the Donatist Schism, pagan/Christian conflict and contemporary reactions to the Sack of Rome. Augustine himself provides an obvious focus for study, but the setting for his birth and most of his life, Roman North Africa, is an area uniquely rich in varied source material. As well as the writings of Augustine we shall study the rich material culture of late antique North Africa as well as the vibrant local literary tradition. Subjects covered across the semester will include the ethnic, political and social conflicts of North Africa, issues of religious conversion and coercion, barbarian invasion and cultural transformation. During the summer vacation, and optional study visit to Tunisia, shared with the complementary course 'Africa in the Classical World' will add a unique, stimulating element to the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014) AND Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Augustine in his Age 3/4 (ECHS10011)
Other requirements A Pass in Ancient History 2A: Past and Present in the Ancient World,
and Ancient History 2B: Themes and Theories in Ancient History, or equivalent experience at the Course Organiser's discretion.
Additional Costs None
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.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course the student will have:
- knowledge of key aspects of the religious, cultural and social history of Late Antiquity.
- knowledge of the life, works and context of Augustine of Hippo.
- knowledge of the history of late antique North Africa.
- ability to use a wide range of source material, including both written and material evidence.
- bibliographical research skills to enable students independently to find information on particular areas of the broader subject.
Assessment Information
Essay and seminar assignments (40%) and written examination (60%).

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
An Essay and seminar assignments (40%);
Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination, to take place in Week 12 (see the current course handbook for further details) (60%).
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Lucy Grig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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