Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Classical Roman civilisation 1A ADED11521E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces Classical Roman history, literature, and culture, with a focus on the age of Augustus, the period during which Rome transitioned from a Republic to a Principate and rule under one man. The course will provide a solid foundation for the study of the subject at a higher level by introducing students to the skills and methods involved in investigating the Classical Roman world through topics including religion, women, and art.  It will also provide the opportunity for useful background study for those whose principle area of study will lie elsewhere.


Block 1

2 hours a week for 10 weeks

Tuesday, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Contribution to course blog/wiki and engagement with peers' contributions (c. 500 words; 25%)

Source analysis worksheet (25%)

End of course essay (1500 words, 50%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Explore Roman history and culture

■ Encourage students to apply critical approaches to historical, literary, and archaeological sources

■ Develop in students the transferable skills of careful reading, clear and analytical communication (written and oral), and of visual sensitivity to architecture and art.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Critically read and comment on literary texts based on adequate knowledge of their historical and cultural context

■ Demonstrate knowledge of historical analysis and source criticism

■ Comment critically on archaeological evidence relating to the period covered

■ Engage confidently in written and oral discussion about the material covered in the course.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.