From Constantine to Theoderic: The Roman World Transformed
Open the history pages and track the fall of Rome across the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries. Look for key religious, political and economic factors that contributed. Watch as the western world transitioned from the ancient to the medieval period.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
- Show an extensive knowledge of the historical period and its modern study, with a broad understanding of major historical developments in the Mediterranean in the late fourth to late sixth century, and the key concepts, events and figures of the period
- Display understanding of historical materials, with skills in analysing and discussing different types of documents and sources, and extracting data from them
- Show disciplinary research skills in the identification of sources of information (such as research tools, databases and online resources) and problem-solving skills in dealing with these resources
- Display communication skills with particular emphasis on the ability to discuss complex materials with their peers and teachers, the ability to reflect on research and organise materials, and to comprehend alternative views and respond to them profitably, and conduct sustained arguments in writing
- The Later Roman Empire
- The western successor kingdom
- The workings of imperial government
- Church/state relation
- The role of women in society
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-AHIX220-The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
- MAQ-AHIX321-From Constantine to Justinian: Church and State in Late Antiquity
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Late Antiquity represents a major transitional period in Roman and European history. From the pivotal political and religious changes of the age of Constantine in the early fourth century AD, to the collapse of the western Roman empire in the late fifth, and beyond, this unit involves close analysis of the Roman and post-Roman period from the fourth-sixth centuries, particularly through contemporary literary sources. Major themes include the workings of imperial government, church/state relations, historiography, and the role of women in society. This unit also provides an introduction to the study of early medieval and Byzantine history.
- Discussion essay (20%)
- Major Essay (40%)
- Online Participation (20%)
- Quizzes (20%)
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