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AN2003 Mediterranean Communities

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:4.00 pm Tue and 4.00 pm Thu

This module deals with the human settlement and material culture of the entire Mediterranean World throughout classical antiquity. Over its long span - that covers much of the first millennium BCE and the first millennium CE - the Mediterranean was transformed from a world of tiny peasant and tribal communities first into a world of cities. Urbanism, diasporic colonisation and the appearance of complex societies and states were followed by regional hegemonies, then empires and finally a single world empire centred on Rome. This story is the rise and fall of classical civilisation and it emerges more clearly through material culture than any other evidence.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Ancient History, all Classical Studies Degrees, History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology

UG Pre-requisite(s):Either 40 credits in 1000-level History modules (AN, ME, MO, or SC) or 20 credits of 1000-level Ancient History (AN) and 20 credits of 1000-level Classical Studies (CL) modules.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 11 weeks), 6 tutorials and 2 practical workshops across the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 170

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr S Lewis
Module teaching staff:Team taught