Search results - Exploring Roman Britain (Online)
|Type||Online and Distance Learning|
|Dates||Wed 18 Sep to Fri 29 Nov 2013|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
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OverviewBritain was part of the Roman empire for about four hundred years, in the first half of the first millennium AD. The impact of this can still be recognised in the landscape today, but what was life like for people in Britain during that time? Using archaeological evidence, this course will explore the long-term effects of Roman rule on different communities around the country.
DescriptionMany changes took place in Britain during the Roman period. Towns were established, new types of buildings were introduced, long-distance roads were constructed and new frontiers set up. Regional economies became linked into empire-wide networks of trade and exchange and new industries developed. Over time, masonry houses appeared in the countryside and the most luxurious were adorned with wall-paintings and mosaic floors. A new religion, Christianity, began to take the place of the previous pantheon of gods, and new ideas were expressed in the arts and material culture. However, the impact of Rome on different communities in different regions varied enormously. In this course we will look at archaeological evidence for the many different processes of Romanisation and explore changes in the landscape, society and economy of Britain over four centuries of Roman rule.
Programme detailsThe areas you will cover in this course are:
Britain before AD 43: Sources of evidence, Britain in the later Iron Age, Contact with the Continent and Rome
Expansion of Roman power: Roman conquest and control, Establishing Roman rule, the army, forts and frontiers
The Romanisation of Britain: What is Romanisation? Changing landscapes of Roman Britain, Britons and the Roman system
Town-life: Coloniae, civitas capitals and other towns, the architecture of towns
Life in the countryside: Villages, hamlets, farms and villas; Agricultural practices
Art and material culture: Mosaics, wall-painting, sculpture; Metalwork and personal possessions
Roman industry: Roman pottery, engineering and mining
Roman religion: Pagan gods and goddesses, Death and burial, Christianity in Roman Britain
The fourth century and beyond: The collapse of imperial rule; After the Empire
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
Course aimsThis course aims to introduce students to the distinctive aspects of Romano-British life using a range of archaeological evidence. It will guide them through sources of information on urban and rural landscapes, trade and industry, architecture, the arts and religion, and will help them contribute to current debates on Romanisation and cultural change.
This course will enable students to:
become familiar with how archaeological evidence is recovered, processed and interpreted, and understand how this evidence can be used with other sources of information to build up a detailed picture of Britain in the Roman period;
investigate evidence for towns and the countryside, trade and industry, architecture, the arts and religion during four centuries of Roman rule;
assess the impact of Rome on different communities in different regions of Britain, discuss the different processes of Romanisation and formulate ideas about what it meant to be Roman.
CertificationThis course is accredited and you are expected to take the course for credit. To be awarded credit you must complete written contributions satisfactorily. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. The award will take the form of 10 units of transferable credit at FHEQ level 4 of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). A transcript detailing the credit will be issued to successful students.
Assessment methodsStudents can choose whether to be assessed on their personal folders or on assignments for which titles will be provided.
Level and demandsFHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
Recommended readingTo participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following textbook, available from The British Museum Press:
Hobbs, R. and Jackson, R. Roman Britain: Life at the Edge of Empire. (London, British Museum Press, 2010).
ISBN 978 0 7141 5061 1.
If you have access to a library, you may prefer to borrow this book. If your local library doesn't have it in its holdings, it may be able to acquire it through an inter-library loan.
Optional Additional Reading:
Mattingly, D.J., An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC-AD 409. (London, Allen Lane, 2006).
Millett, M., The Romanization of Britain: an essay in archaeological interpretation (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992).
Millett, M., Roman Britain (London, Batsford, 2005) ISBN 0713489510.
Teaching methods- Guided reading of texts
- Group discussions of particular issues
- Questions to be answered in personal folders
- Work on a site-map of Roman Britain
Teaching outcomesBy the end of this course students will understand:
- how archaeological evidence is recovered, processed and interpreted, and how this evidence can be used with other sources of information to build up a detailed picture of Britain in the Roman period;
- key changes in towns and the countryside, trade and industry, architecture, the arts and religion in Britain over four centuries of Roman rule;
- current thinking on the impact of Rome on Britain and the concepts of Romanisation and cultural change.
By the end of this course students will have gained the following skills:
- the ability to evaluate archaeological evidence and use it with other sources of evidence to build up a detailed picture of Britain in the Roman period;
- the ability to describe key changes in towns and the countryside, trade and industry, architecture, the arts and religion in Britain over four centuries of Roman rule;
- the ability to communicate their own ideas about the impact of Rome on Britain and to contribute to current debates on Romanisation and cultural change.
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU Fee: £220.00
- Non-EU Fee: £295.00
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