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AHIS2130 – Byzantium in the Age of the Emperors

2022 – Session 2, Online-flexible

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Peter Edwell
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
AHIX 2130
Unit description Unit description

This unit comprises the study of Byzantine history from the foundation of Constantinople in the fourth century AD onwards. It focuses on the role of the emperors as continuateos of the Roman imperial tradition, and on the continuity/discontinuity of the classical tradition, as well as on contacts between the Byzantines and the Arabs(East), Medieval Europe (West) and the South Slavs (Balkans). Major themes include: interactions between emperors and their subjects; historiography; legislative developments; art and architecture; philosophy; monasticism; iconoclasm; and the role of women in society.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments, research principles and specific methods relevant to the study of Byzantine History.
  • ULO2: Conceptualise, apply, and analyse primary and secondary texts and images to develop coherent arguments about the age of Byzantium.
  • ULO3: Present clear and evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas in response to on-line or on campus discussion of historical questions relevant to the study of Byzantium.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty  

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a mark of ‘0’ (zero) will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical issue.    

This late penalty will apply to non-timed sensitive assessment (incl essays, reports, posters, portfolios, journals, recordings etc). Late submission of time sensitive tasks (such as tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, scheduled practical assessments/labs etc) will only be addressed by the unit convenor in a Special consideration application. Special Consideration outcome may result in a new question or topic. 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Annotated bibliography 20% No Weeks 4-13
Presentation 20% No Weeks 3-12
Quiz 20% No Weeks 7 and 13
Essay 40% No Week 13

Annotated bibliography

Assessment Type 1: Annotated bibliography
Indicative Time on Task 2: 14 hours
Due: Weeks 4-13
Weighting: 20%

 

Academic bibliography of at least 5 works of modern scholarship in addition to the primary sources, combined with a 1000 word synthesis of scholarly views on the sources and the chosen topic. Based on the topic of the essay.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments, research principles and specific methods relevant to the study of Byzantine History.
  • Conceptualise, apply, and analyse primary and secondary texts and images to develop coherent arguments about the age of Byzantium.
  • Present clear and evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas in response to on-line or on campus discussion of historical questions relevant to the study of Byzantium.

Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 14 hours
Due: Weeks 3-12
Weighting: 20%

 

Internal students will give a 10-minute tutorial presentation, due at the relevant tutorial week, and based on the reading for that tutorial. External students will deliver presentation in online tutorial or record it through Zoom and post it in iLearn.

Topics will be chosen and allocated in the first week of the session.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments, research principles and specific methods relevant to the study of Byzantine History.
  • Conceptualise, apply, and analyse primary and secondary texts and images to develop coherent arguments about the age of Byzantium.
  • Present clear and evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas in response to on-line or on campus discussion of historical questions relevant to the study of Byzantium.

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 14 hours
Due: Weeks 7 and 13
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will do two online quizzes related to the teaching content.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Conceptualise, apply, and analyse primary and secondary texts and images to develop coherent arguments about the age of Byzantium.
  • Present clear and evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas in response to on-line or on campus discussion of historical questions relevant to the study of Byzantium.

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

2500 word research essay, on one topic selected from list of choices (with an expected minimum of 10 scholarly works used in addition to primary sources).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • illustrate a broad knowledge of historical developments, research principles and specific methods relevant to the study of Byzantine History.
  • Conceptualise, apply, and analyse primary and secondary texts and images to develop coherent arguments about the age of Byzantium.
  • Present clear and evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas in response to on-line or on campus discussion of historical questions relevant to the study of Byzantium.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

All delivery and resources details are on the ilearn site.

Unit Schedule

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