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ME3236   Soldiers and Saints in Late Roman Gaul

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module examines the transformation of Gaul, the transalpine portion of the Roman Empire, in the period from c.379 to 455. This period saw the extensive Christianisation of the region, including the introduction of monastic ideas from the near east. It also saw political fragmentation including the earliest establishment of barbarian kingdoms within the Roman Empire. Goths, Franks and Huns will all feature, as will the earliest western hagiography, Sulpicius Severus's Vita Martini, and the letters of St Patrick. Students will be encouraged to consider the contesting explanations of why a society which had retained considerable stability for four centuries broke down within a single generation.

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}

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 A Woolf