Roman Mobilities CLASSIC5125

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This programme provides a space of critical thinking to students to generate debate about the timeliness of studying ancient cultural discourses in the present moment. By focusing on the extremely mobile nature of ancient Rome in terms of space and time, the course question traditional claims about the legacy of Roman imperialism in the creation of European values and proposes more innovative methods to tackle this question.


Seven online seminars, 3.5 hours in length.

Five day residential learning experience, in semester 2 week 12.

Requirements of Entry

UG degree in Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, or at least 120 credits of courses in one of these disciplines taken within a UG degree in a humanities discipline.

Excluded Courses





Assessment comprises group and individual components:

a) Individual:

Portfolio: reflections on the online component of the course and on the ILOs (30%)

Mark for contribution in group discussions (10%)


b) Group:
Collective production of a research-based poster addressing a topic that emerges from the online seminar
s (50%)

Oral presentation of the poster (10%)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Use the lens of "mobility" as a way to reflect on specific problems in Roman culture in a multidisciplinary environment, exploring, ideas of cultural identity, geographic circulation, and social mobility across a range of evidence and media.

■ Offer an international mobility experience to PGTs with Classics.

■ Offer students the opportunity to work collaboratively with experts from a wide range of sub-disciplines: Classical Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Linguistics, Latin Philology, Literature, Religion, and Performing Arts.

■ Offer GU students the opportunity to collaborate with a group of peers from CIVIS member universities.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply multi-disciplinary concepts in the Humanities to draw conclusions on the cultural idea of 'mobility'.

■ critically discuss aspects of identity and cultural status in ancient Rome.

■ identify the value of case studies in approaching broader topics.

■ incorporate first-hand in person exploration of visual and material culture into their reserach

■ draw critical parallels between ancient and modern cultures.

■ develop collaborative research with peers from other nationalities and fields of study.

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.