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2007/08 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2000 Barbarians in the Dark Ages: Goths, Huns, Burgundians, Franks and Lombards

20 creditsClass Size: 42

Module manager: Professor IN Wood
Email: i.n.wood@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module considers the history of the barbarians and the nature of tribal society from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the sixth century. Lectures provide a methodological and chronological overview, and classes start by exploring questions of ethnicity, the size of tribal groups, the nature of migration, etc; and introduce students to modern anthropological work and ethnographic models; and the histories of the Huns, Goths, Franks and Lombards.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be aware of the basic outline of the Migration Period of European history, from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the sixth century. They should have knowledge of the major units involved in the creation of the barbarian successor states which were set up in western Europe and of those peoples which settled in the Balkans and central Europe from the fourth to the sixth centuries - and hence of the first wave of the major ethnographical units involved in the creation of Europe. They should have an acquaintance with anthropological theories relating to tribal peoples and be able to integrate their understanding of anthropology into their own historical discourse.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

This module will consider the history of the barbarians and the nature of tribal society in the period from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the sixth century. The 11 lectures will provide a methodological and chronological overview of the subject. The classes which run in parallel with the lectures will begin with questions of ethnicity, the size of tribal groups, the nature of migration etc. In the second session, students will be introduced to modern anthropological work which provides ethnographic models for tribal society. Sessions 3, 4, 5 and 6 will consider the histories of the Huns, Goths, Franks and Lombards.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered Friday Week 1030.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution in class10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Oral contribution is assessed with an 'equivalent written exercise'


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/01/2008

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