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Undergraduate Course: Violence and Disorder in Roman Society, 133-31 BC (ANHI10022)

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 areaClassical Literature in Translation
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will attempt to explain the phenomenon of violence and disorder in Roman society during the late republic. It will address the nature of the problem, Roman attitudes to violence, and legislation concerned with violence; this will be followed by a detailed examination of the individual outbreaks of civil disorder from the tribunate of Tiberius Gracchus (133 BC) to the Peace of Brundisium (40 BC). Particular attention will be paid to Appian and other ancient authors who provide us with our evidence for this topic, and who attempted to explain it for themselves.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Roman World 1A: The Rise of Rome (CLGE08003) AND Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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, students should be able to demonstrate in tutorial discussion, in coursework and in the written degree examination that they have acquired the following specific academic competences:
- an informed understanding of the phenomenon of violence during the last century of the Roman republic;
- skills of historical and literary analysis of classical texts;
- and an informed understanding and appreciation of Appian's Civil Wars and other literary texts studied in English Translation.

In addition, they should be able to demonstrate, again through tutorial discussion, coursework and the written degree examination, that they have acquired the following specific transferable skills:
- gathering material independently on a given topic and organising it into a coherent set of data;
- comparing differing sets of data and drawing conclusions from them;
- evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material, and making critical choices between them;
- expressing ideas and arguments clearly;
- and organising their own learning, managing their workload and working to a timetable.

They should also have developed their general competences as follows, and be able to demonstrate them by the means stated above:
- general historical understanding - general literary appreciation.
Assessment Information
Coursework (one essay) - 40%; Degree Examination - 60%.

One-Semester Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
Coursework (one essay): 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, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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