- Code ANCH2026
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Ancient History
- Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History
- Academic career UGRD
- Christopher Bishop
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2016
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Since Gibbon’s publication of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", discourse on the later Roman Empire, and the era that followed, has been dominated by narratives of deterioration and decay — and yet a close examination of Late Antiquity reveals a vibrant, innovative confluence of cultures that produced a nexus of philosophical, literary and artistic triumphs. This was also the period in which Roman laws were codified, promulgated and copied as never before, while Europeans adapted to the new faiths of Christianity and Islam. In many ways, modern Europe began in Late Antiquity. This course will offer students a chance to interact critically with that moment when classical civilization evolved into medieval Europe.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read sources from Late Antiquity critically.
- Research and write about Europe during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
- Construct and criticise arguments.
- Effectively present material orally and in writing.
- Understand the ways other societies differ from our own.
- Understand the ways in which Roman practices (especially law, literature, philosophy and theatre) passed into European culture.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) — LO 1, 3, 5 and 6.
Tutorial presentation (10 mins) and written report (1–2 pp) (10%) — LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Mid-semester test (1-hr) (15%) — LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
2000-word research essay (35%) — LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
2-hour examination (30%) — LO 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
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WorkloadTwo one- hour lectures and a one-hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsRoger Collins, Early Medieval Europe 300–1000 (London: Palgrave, 2012)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9711||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|