CLAS 2025 - Fall of Roman Europe and Birth of the Middle Ages

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

How did the fall of the Roman Empire affect the political structures and cultures of Western Europe? This course examines Late Antiquity as a period of transformation, starting with the military and political problems of the late 3rd century AD and ending with the "new" Roman Empire of Charlemagne in 9th century Frankia. Intellectual and religious tensions within this period will also be studied, especially the role of the Church in society. Evidence will include eyewitness accounts from the 5th and 6th centuries in Gaul, as well as literary and archaeological material. Regions surveyed will include the Frankish, Anglo-Saxon, and Lombardic Italian kingdoms

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 2025
    Course Fall of Roman Europe and Birth of the Middle Ages
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 Arts courses, including CLAS 1001 or CLAS 1002
    Incompatible CLAS 2006 or CLAS 3006
    Course Description How did the fall of the Roman Empire affect the political structures and cultures of Western Europe? This course examines Late Antiquity as a period of transformation, starting with the military and political problems of the late 3rd century AD and ending with the "new" Roman Empire of Charlemagne in 9th century Frankia. Intellectual and religious tensions within this period will also be studied, especially the role of the Church in society. Evidence will include eyewitness accounts from the 5th and 6th centuries in Gaul, as well as literary and archaeological material. Regions surveyed will include the Frankish, Anglo-Saxon, and Lombardic Italian kingdoms
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Margaret O'Hea

    Details as to contact and consultation hours on MyUni.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lecture schedule and tutorial programme are on MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 to become familiar with primary sources for understanding early mediaeval history in Gaul, Italy and Britain
    2 to develop scholarly approach to and methodology  for historical interpretation of texts and material evidence
    3 to become familiar with problems and issues in the study of mediaeval history of Europe
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbooks are:
    Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks , transl.and ed. L. Thorpe. Penguin.
    Innes, M. (2007 or later) Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300-900. The Sword, the Plough and the Book. Oxford: Routledge.
    Both are available at Unibooks and on Amazon.
    Other primary works will be available via MyUni. Readings for tutorials will be available either from the BSL or online in MyUni. They will not be available as a 'brick', since part of your gradual skills involves learning to find resources.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Two lectures per week, with weekly tutorials. Most tutorials will deepen and extend students' understanding of topics from the lectures and textbooks; some tutorials will  broaden students' perspectives, dealing with areas which lectures cannot cover.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    An average of 12 hours per week, comprising:
    • 3 contact hours
    • average of 3 hours of background-reading and note-taking to consolidate lecture-notes
    • average of 2 hours of tutorial readings and note-taking
    • average of 4 hours of research (reading and note-taking), cogitation, organisation and writing of assignments
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture and tutorial lists are provided on MyUni before the start of semester.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Our tutorial programme is embedded with Small Group Discovery work  throughout the semester. This includes - but is not restricted to - analysing, discussing and presenting primary material in small groups.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    All summative assessments, all related to Learning Objectives 1-4:
    • 1 x 500 tutorial summary (5%),
    • 1 x 1000 word tutorial paper (20%)
    • 1 x 2500 word essay (35%) due date,choice of topics and reading list all on MyUni
    • 2 hour final exam (40%)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Regular attendance is required for both lectures and tutorials.
    Assessment Detail
    • Marks for tutorial papers and essays are provided to students in the format of a mark out of 100, along with a grade (F, P, Cr, D or HD).  They are automatically converted to their final weighting (20% for tute paper, 35% for essay) by the course co-ordinator.
    • Guides to formatting, structure and citation styles for both tutorial paper and essay are on MyUni for this course. Failure to comply with the recommended citation style in this course will result in a penalty of 5% of the mark deducted from the awarded mark.*
    • Word limits for tutorial papers and essay are approximate guides only. However, a penalty will apply to any paper less than 66% of the word limit, or more  than 133% of the word limit. This penalty will be a deduction of 5% of the final mark for that paper.*
    • In addition to the tutorial paper  and research essay, there will be a compulsory end-of-semester formal exam which covers all the material from the course. Copies of previous exam papers will be made available  on MyUni for this course.
    • There will be no alternative form of assessment to the exam component of this course.
    • Rules pertaining to late submissions for the tutorial summary, the tutorial paper and research essay are fully described on MyUni for this course.


    * For example, -5% of an awarded mark of 80/100 for an essay = -4%; therefore, student is given a penalised mark of 76%. If a student has a 60/100 mark for an essay, -5% of that score = -3%, hence final penalised mark = 57%.  The effect of this penalty is of course much less for the final weighted mark (an essay being only 35% of the total mark for the course).
    Submission
    • Tutorial papers to be submitted in person, in tutorial, to tutor on the day that tutorial topic is discussed in class. Each must be printed out with a  green Classics coversheet obtained from School of Humanities Office on Level 7, Napier Building. This coversheet must be read and signed.  No tute papers are to be submitted by email. Tutorial paper, with feedback sheet, will normally be returned within 10 working days of submission.
    • Essay to be submitted ONLINE via MyUni. Online submission will be deemed equivalent to having read and signed the declaration concerning originality of work that is on the printed out coversheets for Classics.
    • Essays will not be returned to students. Feedback sheet and marks will instead be available via the My Grades/Grade Centre area on MyUni for this course.
    • Students must keep a copy of all assignments until their originals have been returned to them.
    • Classics staff will not read or comment on any first drafts of papers. However, students are encouraged to talk to their tutor about their essay plan and direction of their argument.
    • Any student with an ongoing, serious medical or personal condition which is likely to impact significantly on work is strongly recommended to consult with a Student Counsellor or Disability Liaison Officer at the start of semester. A plan can then be negotiated with the course co-ordinator about any necessary modifications to  assessment, such as extension of due dates  (although there will be no exemptions from all the assignments, or from regular tutorial and lecture attendances).
    • For the tutorial paper and essay, university-wide rules for the application for an extension on medical or compassionate grounds apply. Students must download the appropriate form from the examinations website (a link is provided in MyUni), complete all relevant documentation, and submit to the School of Humanities office within 5 working days of the relevant problem  commencing, and in all cases before the due date. Applications are not automatically approved; students will be informed by email as soon as possible during regular working hours whether or not theirs has been approved. Applications submitted electronically on the weekend will not be considered until after 9 am Monday morning. In any case, extensions are not granted for more than 2 weeks after the due date, or beyond the end of Week 12, whichever comes first.
    • Unless a prior extension has been granted, any late submission will normally incur the following penalty: up to one week late, 10% of the graded mark deducted from that mark; for the second week, 20% of the graded mark to be deducted from that mark. Any unauthorised submission more than 2 weeks overdue will be returned unmarked, and no alternative form of assessment will be available.
    • There is no possibility to resubmit any written assignment in this course. 
    • If a student is dissatisfied with a mark for the essay, he or she should first discuss the assessment with the tutor. If, after this consultation, the student stil lfeels that he or she has been unfairly marked, he or she has the right to request a second marker. The paper in question should then be re-printed and a fresh copy will then be made available to a second marker within the Classics Dept, who will mark it "blind". The final mark will be an average of the first and second marks. There is no opportunity for any further re-marking.  Students should note that the final, averaged mark could be lower than the original mark, and so should consider this option carefully. The option for remarking is not available for tutorial papers.
    • Before submitting their first assignment in this course, students must all ensure that they read the Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism provided on MyUni for this course. They should also note that theirsignature on the coversheet constitutes their acknowledgement that their work is their own, and not plagiarised. Any work suspected by the tutor of intentional plagiarism will be forwarded to the Head of Discipline, who will then investigate the matter formally. The relevant student will be invited to a meeting with the Head of Discipline and the course co-ordinator. If, upon investigation the balance of evidence suggests intentional plagiarism, the work will be entered with a mark of 0%, with no possibility of redemption, and the case will be forwarded to the University's Register of plagiarism. The student will be counselled as to how best to avoid committing acts of plagiarism. Students should note that morethan 3 counts of plagiarism on this register can result in expulsion from the University.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    50-64% P
    • Basic understanding
    • Basic readings;
    • adequate knowledge of relevant concepts;
    • sound, evidence-based argument;
    • adequate expression & presentation.
    65-74% Cr
    • High level of understanding
    • Thorough understanding of basic texts;
    • sound knowledge of relevant concepts;
    • analytical, evaluative skills;
    • strong expression & presentation.
    75-84% D
    • Insightful understanding
    • Evidence of additional independent reading;
    • deeper understanding of more subtle concepts;
    • analytical,evaluative skills;
    • well-developed expression & presentation.
    85-100% HD
    • exceptional understanding
    • strong evidence of additional independent reading;
    • deeper understanding of more subtle concepts;
    • analytical, evaluative skills;
    • highly-developed expression & presentation;
    • originality & independent thought.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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