Postgraduate Course: Running the Roman Empire (online) (PGHC11501)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||It is one of the oldest questions in the study of ancient history: How could the Romans run an empire that encompassed all of modern Europe and much of the modern Near East, with the institutional apparatus of a city-state? The course will approach the question from different perspectives. Its focus will be on the interplay between administrative and ideological aspects.
It is one of the oldest questions in the study of ancient history: How could the Romans run an empire that encompassed all of modern Europe and much of the modern Near East, with the institutional apparatus of a city-state? The course will approach the question from different perspectives. Its focus will be on the interplay between administrative and ideological aspects in the time between Augustus and the reforms of Diocletian (27 BCE - 284 CE). We will discuss the institutions that made Roman rule possible, approaching each of them from the perspective of a) the central government that invented them, and b) the provincials that filled them with meaning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: one essay of 4,000 words (100%)
||Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organisers by appointment and/or via email. Students are expected to choose their own essay topic, and to discuss the topic and the methodology with the Course Organisers at least once prior to submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Through screencasts, and self-study, gain a broad understanding of the history of the Roman Empire.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship and popular debates about the rise, fall and management of the Roman Empire.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material and theoretical approaches.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence.
- Transfer the knowledge gained in this course to other imperial formations in world history, and evaluate general debates about the nature of "empire" and "imperialism" throughout the ages.
|C. Ando, Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284, Edinburgh 2012. |
M. Goodman, The Roman World 44 BC-AD 180, London 1997.
O. Hekster, Rome and its Empire, AD 193-284, Edinburgh 2008.
B. Levick, The Government of the Roman Empire. A Sourcebook, 2nd ed. New York 2000
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kimberley Czajkowski
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948