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ME3608   Eastern Approaches: Early Medieval Armenia c. 500 - 750

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module explores Armenian political, social and cultural history in the early medieval period. It examines Armenian engagement with the great powers of the day, Rome and Persia as well as Armenian responses to the dramatic reconfiguring of the Near East in the seventh century, when the old order was swept away and replaced by a dynamic Islamic polity. Issues of identity, orthodoxy and heroic history will be studied through a selection of translated extracts from sources originally in Armenian, Greek and Arabic. These sources will be assessed critically and in conjunction with numismatic and epigraphic evidence. This module offers an opportunity to study an early medieval Christian society on the eastern fringe of the Roman world and invites comparison with the post-Roman West.

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-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr T W Greenwood