|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 1 1 x 2,500 to 3,000 word essay||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 2 1 x 2,500 to 3,000 word essay||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay 1 1 x 2,500 to 3,000 word essay||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay 2 1 x 2,500 to 3,000 word essay||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant themes and approaches in the history and historiography of the 6th c. East Roman empire and its neighbours.
Show the ability to use primary textual and material and visual evidence and secondary works to develop sophisticated and well-structured arguments.
Be able to think critically about the wider significance of the Age of Justinian in terms of Medieval European history.
2. To introduce students to topics that they may want to pursue further in their MA dissertations or doctoral research.
3. To provide students with a good understanding of Late Roman and Early Medieval history in the 6th c.-eastern Mediterranean.
4. To make students aware of the wider historical and historiographical significance of this period.
5. To develop students’ ability to interpret critically primary textual sources using literary analysis and, where possible, comparative material and visual evidence.
1. Introduction to the Eastern Roman Empire, 284-641.
2. Procopius’s works: approaches and methodologies.
3. Roman-Persian wars and diplomacy.
4. The re-conquest of the West: Gothic and Vandal wars.
5. Barbarian invasions and imperial responses in the Balkans.
6. Imperial ideology, social reforms and court intrigues.
7. An Orthodox Christian Empire? Theology and church politics.
8. Administrative reform and the decline of the Classical city.
9. Boom and bust. Economy, society and the impact of the plague.
10. Circus factions, rioting and aristocratic discontent.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Through the analysis of numismatic evidence and its implications for our understanding of currency circulation and state and private economic activity.|
|Communication||Seminar discussions and essay writing will enable students to develop oral and written skills. Only essay writing will be assessed.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Through essay feedback sessions and discussion of ideas presented during seminars.|
|Information Technology||Through the retrieval of primary and secondary works from online resources and AberLearn Blackboard and through the writing, formatting and printing of essays.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||By developing source analysis and inter-disciplinary, oral and written skills, the course will prepare students for further postgraduate research and potential careers in academia or history-related fields.|
|Problem solving||By using primary and secondary works to reach conclusions regarding the relationships between political, social and economic developments in different parts of the East Roman empire and its frontier regions.|
|Research skills||Through acquiring the ability to identity and combine appropriate primary textual and material and visual evidence to back up arguments in written work.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Inter-disciplinary analysis of written, material and textual evidence. The course will also make students aware of the origins of medieval and modern Christian Orthodox Eastern Europe and the Balkans and the Islamic Middle East.|
|Team work||Through seminar activities.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7