Postgraduate Course: Approaches to the Long Late Antiquity (PGHC11360)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course introduces students to the chronology, key themes, and of sources of the 'Long Late Antiquity' (ca. 285-800). The course will take students through key developments and themes that define the Mediterranean world in this period, and characterize the 'late antique', 'early Islamic' and 'Byzantine' worlds. In this way students will be able to grasp both continuity and change across this period, and across political, religious and geographical boundaries. The course also introduces students to the key sources (literary and material) from the period.
In this way this course will serve as the core course for the new cross-school degree programme in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, providing an all-important basis for the more-specialised studies offered by the course options and the dissertation. However, it will also serve as an excellent stand-alone class for students on other programmes with an interest in the 'Long Late Antiquity'.
This course is designed to introduce to students to essential chronology, key themes, and a variety of sources for the 'long late antiquity' (ca. 285-800). This is an indicative programme only:
1. Introduction: what is 'Long Late Antiquity'?
2. The city of Rome
3. The Theodosian Code
4. Historical writing
6. Byzantium in the West
7. The Sassanians
8. Damascus and Jerusalem under the Umayyads
9. Urban Space
11. The Holy
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Two pieces of work:
1. (due at end of sem. 1) A short essay on a literary source or example of material culture (e.g. a palace, a panegyric, an ecphrasis, a papyrus, a coin), accompanied by a class presentation and discussion. The presentation is not assessed, the essay is (50%) (recommended maximum length 2,500 words)
2. (due at end of sem. 2) Students will design a research proposal (which potentially could contribute to their dissertation), laying out aims and objectives of the project, and including an annotated bibliography. (50%) (2,500 words in total)
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the course students should be able, through written work and class participation, to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the chronology and characteristic aspects of the Long Late Antiquity
- demonstrate a clear awareness of the main historical and cultural phenomena of the Long Late Antiquity
- demonstrate an understanding of what both unites and defines the 'late antique', 'early Islamic' and 'early Byzantine' periods which make up Long Late Antiquity.
- demonstrate an ability to deal critically with primary sources, of varying types
In addition they should be able to:
- develop skills in interpreting primary sources
- assess, analyse and criticise the various forms of late antique materials.
- compare and evaluate different approaches to and explanations of the late antique material in the secondary sources and make critical choices between them.
- express their ideas and arguments clearly (in both oral and written form).
- compare data from different sources and draw conclusions from them.
- develop skills in alternative forms of written work: power points/posters.
- enhance bibliographical research skills.
- organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Lucy Grig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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