Ancient and Medieval History (V116) module summaries


First year 

Practising History (A): Skills in History 
Practising History (B): Approaches to History

The main aim of this module is to give students a firm grounding in the skills, methods and principles needed for the study of the historical discipline at degree level.

Practising History A: Skills in History will offer students the chance to develop their own personal research skills portfolio by giving them supervised practice at note-taking, referencing, group-work, participation in class debate, research and production of a extensive bibliography for their seminar group’s research project. Much of this material will be accessed through a VLE, and the fact that the students will have to collaborate and make research decisions for themselves as a group makes this a valuable introduction to enquiry-based learning techniques they will meet elsewhere in their degree programmes.

Practising History B: Approaches to History focuses more on the methodological side of the historical discipline, with lectures on the major schools of historical thought backed up by seminars in which students can see how these schools are represented in their group’s particular project.

  • Value: 2 x 10 credits

Discovering the Middle Ages

This module aims to introduce students to a broad range of topics from the earlier part of the Middle Ages understood as part of global history, with a focus on staff areas of particular expertise in political, social-economic, religious, cultural history and material culture. The module will include introductions to topics taught as modules in Year 2 and 3, each framed as a question about some person or concept with which students may be familiar. Students will examine these topics through lectures and analysis of relevant primary and secondary source material, including material culture, online resources and accessible locations, to gain first-hand experience of some of the issues involved in the scholarly study of this period.

  • Value: 20 credits

Living in the Middle Ages

This module aims to introduce students to a broad range of topics from the later part of the Middle Ages understood as part of global history, with a focus on staff areas of particular expertise in social-economic, religious, cultural history and material culture. The module will include introductions to topics taught as modules in Year 2 and 3, each framed as a question about some person or concept with which students may be familiar. Students will examine these topics through lectures and analysis of relevant primary and secondary source material, including material culture, online resources and accessible locations, to gain first-hand experience of some of the issues involved in the scholarly study of this period.

  • Value: 20 credits

Ancient History Project A and Ancient History Project B

A series of in-depth studies of key types of evidence (eg texts or other historical sources, archaeological sites and material culture) associated with problems of source analysis and interrogation. These will familiarise students with the centrality within the discipline of primary evidence and the existence of multiple ways of looking at that evidence. Each student will be allocated to a small group led by a member of staff (also his/her personal tutor) who will offer a set of topics drawn from his/her speciality appropriate to the degree programme.

  • Value: 2 x 10 credits

Introduction to Greek and Roman History

The module provides an introduction to key aspects of Greek and Roman Classical Antiquity. Students will look at a representative sample of primary materials. Semester 1 introduces key themes in Classical Greece, including for instance democracy, the role of women, Greek education. Semester 2 introduces key themes in ancient Rome including: the rise of empire, the relationship between Greece and Rome, changes in Roman society, the destruction of the Republic and the creation of the Imperial system.

  • Value: 20 credits

Ancient History/Classics/Archaeology Option module

  • Value: 2 x 10 credits

Example of Option modules:

  • Barbarians & the Transformation of the Roman World 
  • Byzantium & the Transformation of the Roman World
  • Early Civilisations: Egypt
  • Early Civilisations of Western Asia 
  • Introduction to Greek Literature 
  • Introduction to Roman Literature 
  • Greek Art and Archaeology
  • Roman Art and Archaeology