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

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study including at least 3 units of Level I Classics courses
    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 Dr O'Hea's 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 understand 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 and attributing artefacts and structures from the Roman Republic and Early Empire in Italy
    3 be proficient 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
    4 engage productively and respectfully with their peers via problem solving and the sharing of information
    5 use learning technologies relevant to the University’s learning environment
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2 & 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The textbook is available as an ebook in the library, so there is no need to purchase a copy. 

    Tuck, S. (2015) A History of Roman Art. Wiley.
    Recommended Resources
    If you have the resources, buy:

    Boethius, A. (1992 or later) Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture. Yale University Press/Pelican History of Art.
    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
    Weeks 1-12:
    • Up to two hours of online lectures per week, to be viewed prior to
    • One flipped classroom/seminar per week (50 mins) - contents may vary. See MyUni for details
    • One tutorial per week (50 mins) for 10 weeks of the semester - see MyUni for details
    • Along with readings, the online lectures will provide a chronological overview and examples of Roman material culture that will be tested in the visual and written exams at the end of semester. The flipped classroom will allow a deeper analysis of the material from that week's online lectures, as well as structured opportunities for questions and answers about this material.
    • Some tutorials will deal with material not covered by the lectures; most will focus on examples or case studies which follow on from the online material and flipped classroom.  Some will be held in the Classics Departmental Museum, where students will become familiar with Roman material culture on display there.
    Please note:
    It is very important that students watch the online lectures on a week by week basis, and before the weekly 
    flipped classroom. For that reason, some content in MyUni for this course will only become automatically available to students who have accessed their online lectures during the previous week. 

    Regular attendance at all tutorials is compulsory, and necessary for students to gain access to material which will be examined at the end of the course. 

    Students should pay particular attention at the start of semester to the requirement that they must attend Museum classes, as one of their assessed assignments can only be completed by attending those tutorials in the Museum. Failure to attend those classes on the designated weeks will preclude those students from completing that assignment - it is not possible to make alternative arrangements or times if a student cannot make a tutorial in those weeks.

    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
    Flipped classroom & tutorials 24 2
    Viewing online lectures 24 2
    Private reading 54 4.5
    Written work 42 3.5
    Revision 12 1
    Total 156 13
    Learning Activities Summary
    The full program will be available on MyUni at the start of semester. Note that at least two tutorials will be held in the Museum of Classical Archaeology.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Although the lectures are fully online, this is emphatically a hands-on course that requires regular attendance at the flipped classroom and tutorials.   

    One assignment will be undertaken in the Classics Museum, which is located in the Basement of the Mitchell Building.   Please note that this room currently has no disabled access, but is accessed via a short flight of stairs down from ground level in the Wills Building. If physical assistance is needed to access this location, please contact the course coordinator as soon as possible at the start of semester.
    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
    Artefact research assignment Formative & summative 5% 1-4
    1200 word essay Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    Research essay Formative & summative 35% 1-4
    Visual test Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    Written exam Formative & summative 40% 1-4

    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment Task Weighting
    1st visual online quiz 10%
    Short online 200 words post-quiz reflection 5%
    2nd visual online quiz 10%
    ca 1200 word tutorial paper 10%
    Research essay 35%
    Museum artefact research assignment 10%
    Final visual test 20%
    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
    1st visual online quiz - this will occur in Week  3 or 4. Full details will be discussed in first flipped class, and there will be at least one, non-assessed self-quizzes available for you to practice beforehand.
    At the end of the first quiz, you will need to complete a short online  post-quiz reflection (ca 200 words) on your choice of any image which you answered incorrectly. (If you answered all correctly, then reflect on the most difficult question for you in the quiz). This reflective exercise is a hurdle - that is, you must have completed it before attempting the next visual quiz.

    2nd visual online quiz
    - in Week 6. 

    ca 1200 word tutorial paper - all students will choose one weekly tutorial topic from the programme in the first half of the semester. It will be submitted online, on the Monday of the week when that topic will be discussed in tutorials. Those students who have submitted a paper beforehand will be required to lead off the discussion on that topic, but oral presentation will not form part of the formative assessment.

    ca 2300 word essay - due on Monday of Week 10, to be submitted online in MyUni.

    ca 750 word museum artefact research assignment  - students will work on this assignment in weeks 10 and 11, and it will be submitted on Monday of Week 12.

    Final visual test
    - 1 hour test at end of semester in the last "flipped classroom" timeslot.

    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 the flipped classroom.  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 replacement exam period, and so should ensure that they are available to sit the exam at this time.

    All assignments will be submitted via MyUni for this course.

    Late Submission of Assignments: for all assigments in this course, students with a valid medical or compassionate reason for an extension should apply using the university form in advance of the due date and within normal business hours. The form is available on the examinations website and must be submitted to the Faculty Office, not to the course co-ordinator or tutor. Students with a Disability Access Plan should follow the instructions provided for them with their plan, and should provide their course co-ordinator with a copy of that plan at the start of semester.

    The School of Humanities applies the  following penalties in all its courses for work submitted late, without prior approval: -2% per day, up to a maximum of 7 days.
    Example: If an assignment has an overall value of, say, 30% of the overall course mark, the penalty applies to that mark out of 30 as if it is a percentage. Say that an essay is marked as 22.5/30. This mark is equivalent to 75% Distinction.  If submitted a week late, the penalty would be 75% - 14% (-2% x 7 days) = 61%, which would then be converted back to 18.3/30.
    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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