Domination and Resistance in Roman Britain (CLA3054)

StaffDr Martin Pitts - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesThe successful completion of at least 90 credits at Level 2.
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to examine the effects of Roman imperialism using a combination of archaeological and textual approaches, in order to illuminate the varying experiences of human life on the island from Caesar's incursions of the first century BC to the cessation of Roman control in AD 410. Overall the module encourages critical thinking on the role of material culture in understanding an ancient society for which comparatively little written evidence survives. Topics include the impact of the Augustan cultural revolution in pre-conquest Britain, invasion and revolt, the spread of literacy and civilised life, urban hinterlands, architecture and the social use of space, frontier policy and Hadrian’s Wall, eating and drinking, dress and identity, death and burial, and Christianity and paganism.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a knowledge of a wide selection of relevant primary material from Roman Britain and the ancient world (particularly material culture in excavation reports and secondary literature), and the development of critical skills for the analysis and discussion of such material to address wider issues of historical and social interest

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. Demonstrate a critical ability in assessing published literature

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 3. use, analyse and critically evaluate material evidence as a major source for understanding Roman Britain
  • 4. Develop advanced academic and library skills
  • 5. Develop independent and group study skills in research and presentation of findings
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability to select and organise relevant material
  • 7. Present a strong argument in oral and written form
  • 8. Develop confidence and clarity in oral communication and through use of PowerPoint presentations
  • 9. Work and discuss issues in a peer group

Syllabus plan

Term 1:

1: Introduction                                                                        

2. Caesar and pre-Roman Britain                                          

3. Clientage and the age of Augustus                                   

4. Invasion and revolt: historical events                                             

5. Britain's first urban landscapes                                          

6. Connectivity and regionality                                                          

7. Developed urban landscapes                                                        

8. Domestic space and architecture                                      

9. The early Romano-British economy                                             

10. Roman frontier policy and Hadrian's Wall                                   

11.Town and country                                                            

Term 2:


1. The rural economy                                                            

2. Eating and drinking                                                            

3. Ritual and religion                                                              

4. Death and burial                                                                 

5. Provincial identities 1: dress and cultural practice             

6. Provincial identities 2: migration and inequality                 

7. The late Romano-British economy                                    

8. Late Romano-British art and architecture

9. Christianity in late Roman Britain                                      

10. The End of Roman Britain                                                           

11: Revision

(1) Close study of primary texts and excavation reports and of secondary material both individually outside class and in class; (2) whole group seminars, including discussions and debates arising; (3) individual research and written assignments building on seminar work; (4) individual seminar-presentations.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
442560

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities44Classes (1x2hr per week)
Guided independent study256Private study

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
404020

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 1203000 words1-7mark and written comments
Essay 2203000 words1-7mark and written comments
Exam403 hours1-7mark and written comments
Two presentations2015-20 mins1-9mark and written comments
0
0
0

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-7August/September
ExamExam1-7August//September
Oral PresentationsTBC1-9August/September

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Braund, D. 1996. Ruling Roman Britain. Kings, Queens, Governors and Emperors from Julius Caesar to Agricola. London: Routledge.

Creighton, J. 2000. Coins and power in late Iron Age Britain. CUP.

Creighton, J. 2006. Britannia. Routledge.

Ireland, S. 1996. Roman Britain. A sourcebook. Routledge.

James, S, and M Millett, eds. 2001. Britons and Romans: advancing an archaeological agenda. York: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 125.

Jones, B, and D.J Mattingly. 1990. An atlas of Roman Britain. Oxford: Oxbow.

Mattingly, D.J. 2006. An imperial possession. Britain in the Roman empire. London: Penguin.

Millett, M. 1990. The Romanization of Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Reece, R. 1988. My Roman Britain. Cirencester: Cotswold Studies

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

08/03/2014

Key words search

Roman, Britain, Domination, Resistance