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ME3163   The Imperial City: Byzantine and Ottoman Constantinople

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module provides a detailed historical introduction to one of the greatest cities in history: Constantinople or Istanbul, capital first of the Byzantine and then of the Ottoman Empire. We will be studying the city as a continuous geographical space stretching across a millenium and a half; its structure and life at certain key moments; and how it changed over time. Specific themes to be considered include defense and provisioning, the urban economy, imperial and sacred space, and perception by inhabitants and visitors. Sources include chronicles, travel narratives, and other literary texts, as well as archeological and architectual plans and administrative documents.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002} or pass at least 60 credits from {AN1002, AN2002, AN2003, CL2004}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take ME3218 or take ME4854

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

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

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr D Kastritsis