THE ROMAN WORLD: MYTH AND EMPIRE

MDS1TRW

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the society, literature and art of ancient Rome through its major historical and literary figures such as Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, Nero, Virgil and Ovid. We look at relationships with other Mediterranean societies such as Carthage, Egypt and Gaul; issues like slavery and gender roles; and entertainment such as ancient comedy and the gladiatorial games. While Rome is the focus of our study, we consider what the significant remains at Pompeii and other Roman towns can tell us about this ancient civilisation. We shall also look forward to the way in which Rome is now depicted on screen and in novels and video games, such as HBO's series Rome, Robert Graves' I, Claudius and Rome: Total War, with students allowed to choose one modern text for detailed study.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCourse ReaderPrescribedRhiannon Evans, 2015Rhiannon Evans
ReadingsThe Aeneid; a new translation by David WestPrescribedVirgilPENGUIN, 1990

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on aspects of Roman culture and society. Continue to develop skills in distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, using both in historical inquiry.

Activities:
Participation through readings and submission of weekly questions; Participation in online forum; Submission of a source analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Identify the context of ancient literary and historical sources and articulate their relevance to this context in written analyses of ancient texts and examples of material culture.

Activities:
Participation through readings and submission of weekly questions; Source analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Use computing and information technology to articulate their understanding of Roman culture and society.

Activities:
Participation in Online forum; Participation through readings and submission of weekly questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Write correctly referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about a Roman culture and society, including a bibliography.

Activities:
Participation in Online forum; Submission of a Research Essay template;Submission of a Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

05. Write with confidence about aspects of Roman culture and society.

Activities:
Participation in online forum; Submission of Critical Essay/Critical Response; Submission of Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Week 26-30, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 26 - 29
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 26 to week 29 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 26 - 30
Two 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 30 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical Essay/ Critical Response (800-word equivalent)20 04
Online Forum (1,000-word equivalent)25 04, 05, 03, 01
Questions on readings over period of the subject (400-word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 03, 04
Source Analysis (600-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03

Bendigo, 2015, Week 26-30, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 26 - 29
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 26 to week 29 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 26 - 30
Two 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 30 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical Essay/ Critical Response (800-word equivalent)20 04
Online Forum (1,000-word equivalent)25 04, 05, 03, 01
Questions on readings over period of the subject (400-word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 03, 04
Source Analysis (600-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03

Melbourne, 2015, Week 26-30, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 26 - 29
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 26 to week 29 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 26 - 30
Two 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 30 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical Essay/ Critical Response (800-word equivalent)20 04
Online Forum (1,000-word equivalent)25 04, 05, 03, 01
Questions on readings over period of the subject (400-word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 03, 04
Source Analysis (600-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03

Mildura, 2015, Week 26-30, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 26 - 29
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 26 to week 29 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 26 - 30
Two 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 30 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical Essay/ Critical Response (800-word equivalent)20 04
Online Forum (1,000-word equivalent)25 04, 05, 03, 01
Questions on readings over period of the subject (400-word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 03, 04
Source Analysis (600-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03

Shepparton, 2015, Week 26-30, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 26 - 29
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 26 to week 29 and delivered via online.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 26 - 30
Two 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 26 to week 30 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical Essay/ Critical Response (800-word equivalent)20 04
Online Forum (1,000-word equivalent)25 04, 05, 03, 01
Questions on readings over period of the subject (400-word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 03, 04
Source Analysis (600-word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03