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Unit information: Exploring the Roman Cityscape in 2021/22

Unit name Exploring the Roman Cityscape
Unit code CLAS20070
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Hales
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The built environment is not only an indication of a community’s aesthetic inclinations and technological ambitions. It also reflects and affects the activities taking place inside and around it. This unit considers architectural forms and styles adopted in ancient Rome (the types of buildings and the way they are built and decorated) and the space enclosed by and between them. How do architecture and space help us understand a society and culture and what insight do they offer into how communities thought about themselves and their place in the world? The unit will explore these ideas through a case study of ancietn Rome. We will tour the leisurely lands of the Campus Martius, the wealth of the Palatine, and the Suburan slums, visiting sewers and backstreet warehouses alongside the city's most famous monuments, the Pantheon and the Colosseum.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between architectural form and the use of space;
  2. demonstrate an ability to recognise the major architectural forms and the topography of the unit’s case study;
  3. use the knowledge acquired in class and through their own reading to construct coherent, relevant and persuasive arguments on the built environment;
  4. demonstrate communication skills in the composition of written work at a standard appropriate to level I.

Teaching Information

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, long- and short-form lectures, and discussion. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis.

Assessment Information

Timed assessment (100%) [ILOs 1-4]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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