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ME3237   Legal Cultures in Late Antiquity

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

Late Antiquity (fourth to early seventh centuries CE) is a historical period marked by rapid and striking political, social, religious and legal change. This module examines the 'legal cultures' that developed during this formative era. Students will learn how to use and understand formal legal sources - including Roman (imperial), Rabbinic, Sasanian and 'barbarian' codes and expert legal literature - as historical sources, anchored in specific situations and contexts. We will also explore curse tablets and prayers for justice from the 'under-policed' worlds of Britain and Iberia, as well as the establishment of 'universal' Christian conciliar canons and monastic rules. What distinguishes law and legal practice in the manuscript cultures of Late Antiquity from law and legal practice in medieval or modern societies?

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: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 90%

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


Module teaching staff: Prof C Humfress