Romanization: Interaction, Conquest and Change in Late Roman and Iron Age Dacia (ARC2404)

StaffDr Ioana Oltean - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to develop understanding of the impact of Roman civilisation on native cultures as an Empire-wide, changing phenomenon. administration.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. understand the concept of Romanisation as a process of cultural interaction and acculturation
  • 2. know the key features of the archaeology of Iron Age and Roman Dacia (main sites, current problems and interpretations)
  • 3. assess the kinds of datasets commonly encountered in Roman provincial archaeology
  • 4. be aware of the different scales of social and political organisation and how they are expressed in the archaeological record

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. research a topic guided by a reading list, to understand and interpret archaeological information from a range of sources
  • 6. ability to organise such information synthetically in order to addresses key thematic issues

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. self-reflect on progress within a co-operative group environment
  • 8. learn from peers, both giving and receiving constructive criticism

Syllabus plan

' Introduction to Romanisation; The Northern Thracians: the Dacians and the Getae ' Settlement pattern and economy ' Religion and spiritual life ' Dacia and the Mediterranean cultures; Dacia and the European Iron Age ' The Roman conquest and the organisation and development of the Roman province ' Military presence ' Settlement pattern: and urbanisation and the countryside (villas and villages) ' Economy and religion ' Society: colonists and natives; ' The end of Roman Dacia

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities16Lectures (8x2hr)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2Seminars (2x1hr)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1Tutorial
Guided independent study131Independent study

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay502000 word1-8mark and written comments
Exam501.5 hours1-8written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-8ref/def period
ExamExam1-8ref/def period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Hanson, W.S. and Haynes, I.P. (eds) 2004 Roman Dacia: the making of a provincial society, JRA Supplementary Series 56, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Lica, V. 2000 The Coming of Rome in the Dacian World, Konstanz MacKendrick, P. 1975 The Dacian stones speak, Chapel Hill Oltean, I.A. 2007, Dacia. Landscape, Colonisation, Romanization, Routledge, London, New York Wells, P.S. 1999 The Barbarians speak: how the conquered peoples shaped Roman Europe, Princeton

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Dacia, Roman, Archaeology