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AN4431   Poverty and social life in Late Antiquity

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

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

Planned timetable: TBC

Poverty was a crucial aspect of life in late antique society. Highly unequal economic structures, wars and invasions, new Christian-inspired attitudes to inequality, and the development of new social institutions such as charity contributed to make the existence of the poor more visible and more urgent to contemporaries than in previous periods. This module will analyse the development of the concept of poverty and the social, economic, and cultural aspects of the subaltern classes in Late Antiquity, examining them in their rural and urban settings. It will consider their relations with other social groups and their strategies for survival in a society undergoing dramatic change.

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 hour seminars (11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 60%

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


Module coordinator: Dr C A Ribeiro Machado
Module teaching staff: Dr Carlos Machado (CARM3)
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