UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CLAN3008 Roman Britain

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History; Archaeology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content Roman Britain is probably the most extensively and intensively studied of all the Roman provinces. The explanation lies in the early and sustained interest of antiquarians and scholars in the 'Trace of Rome' in the British landscape, and in the pioneering role and high standards of scholarship among the large numbers of Romano-British archaeologists. The result can be seen in the widespread teaching of Roman Britain as a course not just in the United Kingdom but throughout the English-speaking world. This unit investigates the history and material culture of Britain from Caesar's expeditions in the first century BC through to the end of Roman Britain in the early fifth century AD. The unit covers military history and developments, town and country, Romanisation and explanations for the end of Roman Britain.

The objectives of the unit include providing an insight into a significant phase in the history of a single Roman province. Equally important is the expectation that students discover graphically how a variety of types of evidence from archaeology, through art and numismatics to texts and documents can be integrated to produce a rounded study of a region during a broad period of Roman history. In doing so, the strengths and limitations of the evidence and the methodology of the investigation are explored.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify, describe and interpret sites and material remains of the Roman period in Britain; (2) evaluate and explain these different types of evidence that contribute to our understanding of the ancient world; (3) develop skills in integrating a variety of evidence types to produce a holistic interpretation and explanation of the past; (4) research using print and electronic resources; and (5) develop reasoning and analytical skills.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) sources tests; (2) a major essay; and (3) tutorial performance. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Sandra Ottley
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 2 CLAN unit or ARCY unit (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
Incompatibility: CLAH2232 Roman Britain
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week (over 10 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)

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