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AN4155   Religious Communities in the Late Antique World

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: TBC

The late antique period was marked by dramatic developments in the religious history of the Mediterranean, such as the decline of pagan cults, the rise and establishment of Christianity, and the spread of Islam. This module will approach these developments from the perspective of local communities, asking how they responded to and helped to shape these wider processes, considering religious change in its proper social and cultural context. Issues such as the definition of religious identities, the construction of religious authority, and the role played by religion in urban life will be considered in a comparative perspective, through the analysis of specific cases from around the Mediterranean.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): As stated in the School of Classics Undergraduate Handbook

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Induction meeting in Orientation Week followed by 2 hours of lectures and seminars, and 1 coursework consultation hour per week.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 35%, Coursework = 65%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 35%
Practical examinations : 20%
Coursework: 45%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr C Machado