The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - 2018

Unit summary

AHIX220

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit was previously known as AHIX320 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
 
Learn about a key period of western history, the late fourth to the late sixth centuries AD known as the Fall of Rome. This period represents the transition from the ancient to the medieval period and provides a basis for many European historical conceptions. You will focus on the dynamics of imperial rule, the collapse of the Roman frontier system, the so-called barbarian invasions and religious disputes associated with the consolidation of Christianity. You will explore these issues through documents written at the time that include political speeches and holy biographies.
At the completion of this unit students will have:
  1. a grasp of the main political, economic, and religious developments of the period
  2. familiarity with major sources of the period
  3. an introduction to methodologies and interpretative issues involved in the exploitation of sources of the period
  4. familiarity with relevant, critical analysis, expression.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

Students must complete a level 1 study in Ancient History prior to commencing this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1The structure of the Later Roman Empire
2The nature of written sources for the period
3Key genres of written sources for the period
4Roman and 'barbarian' interaction and ideological representation
5The fragmentation of the Roman West and the establishment of the 'barbarian kingdoms'
6The structure of the western kingdoms and their relationship with the east Roman empire
7The issue of identity
8Modern interpretations and uses of the Fall of Rome

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