HUMA317 - History and Geography of Rome
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 200/300 level units in History or Geography
Teaching Organisation: Nil
The abilities to identify, understand, evaluate and make connections between different ideas, perspectives and bodies of knowledge are important transferable skills, as useful in the workplace as in academic study. This intensive overseas History-Geography unit develops these skills by requiring students to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries, applying and combining historical and geographical concepts and approaches to the study of Rome’s development over three millennia. Taught entirely ‘in the field’ at sites in and around Rome, students learn how Rome’s geography has influenced its historical development and how that history has impacted on the physical environment, shaping the Roman urban and political landscape. The unit adopts a ‘hands on’ approach to learning, with site activities designed to maximise student interaction and engagement. Continuous critical reflection is an important element of the unit, giving students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt, how they have learnt, and the skills they have acquired or developed while in Rome.
The aim of the unit is to deliver a powerful overseas learning experience which enhances students’ academic competencies and encourages personal growth through exposure to, and immersion in, a foreign culture and environment.