CLAS 3025 - Fall of Roman Europe and Birth of the Middle Ages

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

How did the Fall of the Roman Empire affect the political structures and cultures of western Europe? This course examines Late Antiquity in the West as a period of transformation, starting with the responses of the emperors to Germanic settlements within the western provinces and ending with the 'new' Roman Empire of Charlemagne in 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 by Gregory of Tours 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 3025
    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 6 units of Level II undergraduate study including at least 3 units of Level II Classics courses
    Incompatible CLAS 2025
    Course Description How did the Fall of the Roman Empire affect the political structures and cultures of western Europe? This course examines Late Antiquity in the West as a period of transformation, starting with the responses of the emperors to Germanic settlements within the western provinces and ending with the 'new' Roman Empire of Charlemagne in 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 by Gregory of Tours 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

    Course Timetable

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

  • 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)
    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)
    1-3
    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
    1-3
    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
    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.

    Check MyUni (Canvas) at start of semester for any updated information about textbooks.
    Other primary works will be available via Canvas.
    NB: 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.
    Online Learning
    Web-based primary resources will be accessible via Canvas.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Up to two prerecorded lectures per week for the entire semester, plus a weekly Flipped class, reviewing/adding to and discussing material from that week's lecture(s). Weekly tutorials (for 10 weeks within semester). 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.

    • 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 Canvas 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
    Summative assessments, all related to Learning Objectives 1-4:
    • 1 x ca 1250 tutorial paper (20%), due in first half of semester at tutorial on that topic
    • 1 x ca 2750 word essay (40%) due in second half of semester (check on Canvas at start of semester).  Details, choice of topics and reading list all on Canvas at the start of semester.
    • 2 hour final exam (40%)
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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