Rome: Globalisation, Materiality (CLAM108)
|Staff||Professor Martin Pitts - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
Overall the course aims to give students the tools to access those cultural histories and ideologies which appear unattainable through literary sources, allowing for the expansion and elaboration of existing narratives and challenging the underlying models which inform our understanding of key historical and cultural processes and constructs.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the qualities and methods of using material and visual culture.
- 2. Work critically with different types of material/archaeological evidence and to use them in effective combination as a tool of historical and socio-cultural analysis and reconstruction.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Collate and analyse widely different types of evidence, much of which is incomplete and ambiguous in its significance
- 4. Draw independent inferences about the relationship of myth to its cultural and historical context
- 5. Reflect critically on the origins, development and significance of traditional stories in one's own and another culture
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Apply key bibliographical skills, the latest forms of information retrieval, as well as word-processing skills.
- 7. Think autonomously and analytically on the basis of written and visual sources and secondary literature
- 8. Construct and defend a sustained argument (both in written form and orally);
- 9. Work with instructor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way
Examples of possible seminar topics include: the Roman world-empire, visual culture as globalising koine, urban change and connectivity, economic integration, roads and time-space compression, globalising institutions: the army, mass consumption and entanglement, food and regionality, social and economic inequality
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||15||Intensive Seminar and Reading Group Teaching|
|Guided independent study||135||Students working independently & in groups in preparation for seminars and essays|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||80||4000 words||1-9||mark; written and oral comment|
|Oral Presentation||20||15-20 mins||1-9||mark; written and oral comment|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Appadurai, A (ed.). 1986. The social life of things. Commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge.
Bang, P. 2008. The Roman bazaar. A Comparative Study of Trade and Markets in a Tributary Empire.
Jennings, J. 2011. Globalizations and the ancient world. Cambridge.
Mattingly, D.J. 2011. Imperialism, power and identity. Princeton.
Nederveen Pieterse, J. 2009. Globalization and culture. Global mélange. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
Pitts, M and Versluys, M.J. (eds.) forthcoming. Globalisation and the Roman world. Cambridge.
Thomas, N. 1991. Entangled objects. Harvard.
Woolf, G. 1998. Becoming Roman. Cambridge.
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Globalization, Rome, Material Culture