• Class Number 7554
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Meaghan McEvoy
    • Dr Meaghan McEvoy
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

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. Yet while the western Roman empire ceased to exist as a political entity after the late fifth century, new successor kingdoms emerged in its place with their own understanding of the Roman legacy. This was also the period which saw the emergence of Christianity as a state religion, prompting major new ecclesiastical building projects, the foundation of new communities, and the rise of charismatic religious figures. This examination of Late Antiquity reveals a vibrant, innovative confluence of political, literary, and artistic cultures.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. read sources from Late Antiquity critically;
  2. research and write about Europe during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages;
  3. construct and criticise arguments, and effectively present material orally and in writing;
  4. understand the ways other societies differ from our own; and
  5. understand the ways in which Roman practices passed into European culture.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Introduction, Historical Overview, and Sources. Tutorial: Eusebius of Caesarea Tutorial participation (weekly)
2 Lecture: The Later Roman Empire / Emperors and Bishops. Tutorial: Ammianus Marcellinus Tutorial presentations begin (rolling deadlines); Tutorial papers (rolling deadlines)
3 Lecture: Romans and Barbarians / Adrianople, Theodosius I and the Generalissimos. Tutorial: The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus Progress Quiz
4 Lecture: Alaric and the Sack of 410 / The Last Generation of the Western Roman Empire. Tutorial: Priscus of Panium
5 Lecture: The Decline of the West and Survival of the East / The 'Lost' Byzantine Empire and Byzantium in Modern Discourse. Tutorial: The Life of Matrona
6 Lecture: The City of Constantinople / Justinian, Theodora and Byzantium's Wars in the West. Tutorial: Procopius, The Secret History
7 Reading Week and Consultation
8 Lecture: Heraclius and the 'Last Great War of Antiquity' / The Rise of Early Islam. Tutorial: Theophanes on Heraclius
9 Lecture: The Christian Cult of Relics, Pilgrimage and Ecclesiastical Patronage / Icons, Iconoclasm and the Empress Eirene. Tutorial: The Piacenza Pilgrim
10 Lecture: The Western Successor Kingdoms: Goths, Vandals, and Franks. Tutorial: The Anonymus Valesianus
11 Lecture: The Western Successor Kingdoms: Social Structures and Religion. Tutorial: Gregory of Tours, Histories
12 Lecture: The Rise of Charlemagne. Tutorial: Einhard, The Life of Charlemagne

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Progress Quiz 5 % 13/08/2022 1, 4, 5
Tutorial Participation 10 % * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Tutorial Presentation 10 % * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Tutorial Paper 35 % * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final Examination 40 % * 1, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 13/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4, 5

Progress Quiz

Online quiz on the first three weeks of lectures, 5%. To be completed on Wattle.

Due Friday August 13, at 11.59pm.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tutorial Participation

Students will be expected to attend tutorials regularly, to prepare by reading the assigned sources, and to discuss these with their peers, 10%.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tutorial Presentation

Students will need to prepare a presentation on a question relating to the primary source for that week's tutorial and deliver it to their peers, 10%. Topics to be assigned in the first week of teaching.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tutorial Paper

Students must write a 2,000 tutorial paper based on their tutorial presentation (assessment task 3), 35%. This must be submitted 2 weeks after the presentation.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5

Final Examination

A 2-hour exam in the final examination period, 40%.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Meaghan McEvoy

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Dr Meaghan McEvoy

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Dr Meaghan McEvoy

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Dr Meaghan McEvoy

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