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

StaffDr Ioana Oltean - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
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.

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

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • 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 teaching16Lectures (8 x 2 hours)
Scheduled learning and teaching2Seminars (2 x 1 hours)
Scheduled learning and teaching1Tutorial
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 words1-8Mark and written comments
Examination501.5 hours1-8Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-8Referral/Deferral period
ExaminationExamination1-8Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

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