CLAS 2033 - Art & Archaeology of Rome (8th c. BC- 1st c. AD)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

How does archaeology contribute to our understanding of the development of Roman culture from its Iron Age origins until the 1st century A.D.? We will survey the trends of Roman art and architecture from the Etruscan period into the Early Empire. In particular, we will explore the ancient towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia. Some classes will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Note that attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory, since all contain images which may be included in exams.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 2033
    Course Art & Archaeology of Rome (8th c. BC- 1st c. AD)
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units of Level I Humanities/Social Sciences courses including CLAS 1001 & CLAS 1002 or CLAS 1003 & CLAS 1004
    Incompatible CLAS 2007, CLAS 3007
    Course Description How does archaeology contribute to our understanding of the development of Roman culture from its Iron Age origins until the 1st century A.D.? We will survey the trends of Roman art and architecture from the Etruscan period into the Early Empire. In particular, we will explore the ancient towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia. Some classes will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Note that attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory, since all contain images which may be included in exams.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Margaret O'Hea

    Details of contact hours will be made available on MyUni at the start of semester.
    Course Timetable

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

    Students should note that if a tutorial group has 5 students or less enrolled in it, it will be disbanded and the students concerned will be emailed of this, via their university email account. It is up to the student to then re-enrol in another tutorial time. If there are any problems relocating to another timeslot, the student should email the course coordinator as soon as possible, and all efforts will be made to accommodate the student to a new tutorial group.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate understanding and identify the major chronological sequence of  artefacts, buildings and works of art from the 7th century BC to the  early 2nd century AD in Italy
    2 Become familiar with the methodological tools used in dating artefacts and structures from the Roman Republic and Early Empire in Italy
    3 Become familiar with the methodological tools used in attributing artefacts and structures from the Roman Republic and Early Empire in Italy
    4 Demonstrate proficiency at the skills of academic research: finding and assessing the value of scholarly works, interpreting them, and presenting archaeological  evidence in a coherent, convincing and logical format, using accepted academic conventions.
    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. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Strong, D.  Roman Art (there are different editions) or Ramage and Ramage (2009) Roman Art (5th edn). You can find these via Unibooks website (North Terrace, Adelaide University), by typing in the code for this course.

    Recommended Resources
    Boethius, A. (1987 or later edn)  Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture, Pelican History of Art Series – available in all good shops such as the Art Gallery bookshop, Mary Martins, Amazon…

     Berry, J. The Complete Pompeii

    Online Learning
    In addition to the resources on MyUni, there may be some interactive material available in 2014 (more details will become available by the start of semester).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Two lectures per week, supported by tutorials developing material covered in lecture. 
    Workload

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

    Type of workload Overall hours Average hours per week
    Lectures & tutorials 36 3
    Private reading 60 5
    Written work 42 3.5
    Revision 18 1.5
    Total 156 13
    Learning Activities Summary
    The full program will be available on MyUni at the start of semester. Note that at least one tutorial will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at lectures and tutorials is compulsory.

    At least one tutorial will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (Basement, Mitchell Building). This session will involve hands-on study of ancient Roman material culture. Please note that this room currently has no disabled access. Please contact the course coordinator as early as possible to see if modifications to access can be arranged (there is a short flight of stairs down to the museum, and no lift).
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    To be announced
  • 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
    Assessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes
    500 word museum research Formative & summative 5% 1-4
    1000 word tutorial paper Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    2500 word essay Formative & summative 35% 1-4
    Visual test Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    Formal exam Summative 40% 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course is not available as an online course. Since tutorial material will also be included in the visual test, regular tutorial attendance is necessary to do well in this course.
    Assessment Detail
    500 word bibliographic critique - all students to write up a short critique of listed readings for first museum session, in the week before that tutorial class. Details of timing and process will be made available at the start of semester. This will be in the first half of the semester.

    1000 word tutorial paper - all students will choose a tutorial topic from the second half of semester, and hand in that tutorial paper at the start of that tutorial. Students will also then lead off the discussion on that particular topic, but oral presentation will not form part of the formative assessment.

    2500 word essay - due last Monday of teaching period (electronic submission)

    visual test - 1 hour test at end of semester.

    2-hour formal examination - 3 essay-type questions, in formal exam period.  

    Alternative Assessment and Supplementary Exams: there is no alternative form of assessment for any of these assignments. Students with a Disability Plan should note both this and the requirement for regular attendance at both tutorials and lectures. Students who fail to submit all written work throughout the course and who achieve a final mark between 45-49% will not be eligible for a replacement (supplementary exam). Students who do all the work and still achieve a final overall mark of 45-49% will be offered a supplementary exam in the university's supp. exam period, and so should ensure that they are available to sit the exam at this time.

    Submission
    Papers and essays should be handed up before or at the tutorial in which the topic is scheduled. All details are also on MyUni.

    Late Submission of Assignments: for the essay, students with a valid medical or compassionate reason for an extension should apply using the university form (available on the examinations website; link provided on MyUni, with instructions). This includes students with a Disability Plan, although they should note that they do not need to resubmit documentation. Note the conditions that apply to this procedure. For the critique and tutorial paper, students must submit an application with medical certificate directly to the tutor - in person, unless incapacitated - before the due date, within normal business hours. It is in your best interests not to leave your assignments to the last minute.

    Classics applies the following penalties in all its courses for work submitted late, without prior approval: for the full first week, -10% deduction; for the second week, -20%.
    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.

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

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