Undergraduate | MUR-HIS209 | 2024
The Rise and 'Fall' of the Roman Empire
Unpack the power and reach of the Roman Empire. You’ll gaze back at its distinctive politics, architecture, and iconic leaders like Julius Caesar. Trace the key moments and figures that changed Rome’s trajectory in world history.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
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The Rise and 'Fall' of the Roman Empire
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Appraise the enduring importance of the Roman Empire, including the ideologies, themes, cultures and events that gave rise to its power, and assess the degree to which it ever "fell".
- Identify, interpret and use appropriate primary and secondary sources in the completion of a research project.
- Critically analyse historical evidence and scholarship, demonstrating an awareness of different conceptual approaches and how interpretations of the past might differ.
- Demonstrate articulate communication skills by constructing evidence-based arguments in an audio, digital, oral and/or written form.
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in the conventions of the discipline.
- This unit looks closely at surviving textual evidence and material culture to unravel pivotal moments like the Punic Wars and Pax Romana, and to uncover Roman cultural society, religious practices, and enduring architectural wonders. Finally, this unit interrogates the split between the Western and Eastern Roman Empires to determine whether there was truly such a thing as the ‘fall’ of Rome.
The history of Rome is one of the greatest stories ever told, and its legacy continues to be one of the most enduring. In this unit students explore the evolution of Rome from the modern Republic to the vast and dominating Empire that stretched across the globe. Tracing the character and reach of Rome will lead us to critical discussions of Roman politics and authority; the Roman elite and the masses; the nature of the transition from Republic to Empire; and the Roman influence in Europe and North Africa. We will engage with iconic figures like Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Livia Drusilla.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Discussion and Engagement (30%)
- Object Analysis (30%)
- Research Paper (40%)
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