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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Ancient History

Undergraduate Course: Empresses and Others: Women of Imperial Rome (ANHI10052)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will explore the influence of women in Imperial politics and culture as well as highlight the source problems for exploring the lives of Imperial women. The course will follow a chronological study of Imperial women, but will explore some of the following themes:

Pre-Roman influences on Imperial women (Ptolemaic queens);
Succession issues;
Ideas of power;
Religion and morality;
Property, wealth and legal issues;
Women as builders;
Domestic life (court);
Literary constructions;
Artistic image;
Viewing women in Roman art: the gaze;
Dress and non-verbal communication.
Course description Not entered
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)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have achieved a Pass in Ancient History 2A; and a Pass in one other of the following courses: Greek World 1A (CLGE08001), Greek World 1B (CLGE08002, Roman World 1A (CLGE08003), Roman World 1B (CLGE08004), Ancient History 2B (ANHI08013), Classical Art 2A (CACA08009), Classical Archaeology 2B (CACA08010), or Classical Literature 2 (CLTR08008).
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 Classical Literature) 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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  29
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous assessment coursework (50%);
one (2-Hour) degree examination (50%).

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
Continuous assessment coursework (50%);
a 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%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course the student will be able, through written examination, coursework and seminar participation (demonstrated through the keeping of a course logbook), to show:

- an understanding of the varied complexity of the large body of evidence for Roman Imperial women;
- an understanding of how the study of gender has advanced and become mainstream in recent scholarship;
- an understanding of the history of women and its importance for the political, social and cultural historian, as well as the theoretical implications for the study of ancient concepts of gender;
- an ability to use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to this body of material gained from a thorough interaction with scholarship and primary materials;
- a familiarity with real artefacts in a museum context;
- bibliographical research skills to enable students to find independently additional information relating to the study of women in the Roman world.

Students will also demonstrate the following transferable skills:

- written skills and oral communication skills;
- presentation skills;
- analytical skills;
- ability to recognise and focus on important aspects of a wide-ranging subject and to select specific examples;
- ability to produce a concise summary.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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.
KeywordsEmpresses Roman Women
Course organiserDr Sandra Bingham
Tel: (0131 6)50 6689
Course secretaryMrs Toni Wigglesworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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