Module and Programme Catalogue

Search site

Find information on

2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1400 The Roman World: An Introduction

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Bev Back

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module is intended as a foundation for further study in all aspects of Roman civilisation. It introduces the major periods in Roman history and the surviving ancient evidence which allows us to study them. Topics include: the development of the Roman political system; aspects of Roman social history such as patronage, family life and living conditions; and the cultural mindset of the Romans, including issues such as racism and attitudes towards animals.


The module is intended to introduce students to the major events of Roman political history and the social and cultural institutions of the Roman world. It will familiarise students with the evidence used to study this material, and demonstrate the issues and problems involved in handling it. Through seminars and assessed work, it will foster skills which include critical thinking, the ability to organise material and the ability to express and support ideas.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Identify and describe major Roman political institutions and events.
2. identify and describe major Roman social and cultural institutions.
3. Engage with primary evidence and recognise issues and problems involved in the use of that primary evidence.
4. Locate and engage critically with modern scholarship relating to Roman history.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Evaluate, select and apply appropriate strategies for the analysis of primary evidence.
6. Communicate the results of your work effectively.
7. Synthesise and reflect on a large body of subject matter and select appropriately from it for particular purposes.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

As this is a core module for students on the Classical Civilisation and Ancient History programmes, student progress is monitored carefully and regularly in order to provide formative feedback and help students to adjust to working at University level. Formative feedback is provided by the seminar classes, where students articulate their ideas as part of discussion with their peers and the seminar tutor. The written assignment then provides summative feedback part-way through the semester, offering a clear formal assessment of progress at a point well in advance of the final exam. Finally, the exam tests the level of attainment at the point when students have completed the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay (1500 words)40.00
Online Assessment48 hrs; 2 hrs recommended duration.60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 08/05/2024


Browse Other Catalogues

Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to the Catalogue Team.PROD

© Copyright Leeds 2019