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CLAS346 Power and Politics in Roman and Modern Times

Systems of government have existed for thousands of years and there have been, and still are, a wide variety of ways in which people have sought to regulate their societies. A common feature of all governmental systems is how power is distributed: is power concentrated in the hand of one person or a wealthy few or all the citizens?

The aim of this course is to examine the distribution of power in political systems of two very different time periods: the Roman Republic of the 1st century BCE and liberal democracies of the 21st century CE. This course is designed to encourage students to consider how the organisation of politics two thousand years ago can help us to assess contemporary political systems.

This is a Pre-Christmas Summer School paper.

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Details

Examines and compares concepts of power, legitimacy, and governance in Republican Roman and modern political systems.

Systems of government have existed for thousands of years and there have been, and still are, a wide variety of ways in which people have sought to regulate their societies. A common feature of all governmental systems is how power is distributed: is power concentrated in the hand of one person or a wealthy few or all the citizens?

The aim of this course is to examine the distribution of power in political systems of two very different time periods: the Roman Republic of the 1st century BCE and liberal democracies of the 21st century CE. This course is designed to encourage students to consider how the organisation of politics two thousand years ago can help us to assess contemporary political systems.

Paper title Power and Politics in Roman and Modern Times
Paper code CLAS346
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (15 November 2021 - 17 December 2021) (Distance learning)
1st Non standard period (15 November 2021 - 17 December 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2021 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level CLAS, GREK, LATN or POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
CLAS 346 cannot be credited with CLAS330 taken in 2019 or 2020.
Contact

classics@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
Dr Chris Rudd

Paper Structure

Topics include:

  • Governing Institutions of the Roman Republic
  • Power and Legitimacy
  • Elections and Representation
  • Popular Participation

Class time is organised into two 50-minute lectures and two 2-hour seminar sessions per week (for on-campus students). Seminar time will be used for discussion and for internal assessment activities (debate, simulation).
Internal Assessment - 100%.

Textbooks

All readings are available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Develop written and oral skills through written assignments, simulation, and in-class debate (Communication)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the evaluation of argument across disciplines (Interdisciplinary perspective; Critical Thinking)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Roman political system and contemporary electoral politics and an ability to make cross cultural comparisons (Interdisciplinary perspective; Cultural Understanding; Information Literacy)
  • Make normative evaluations of how political life should be organised (Critical Thinking, Communication)
  • Actively work in team-based learning groups with the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions, collaborative workflow and completion of group-based assessments (Lifelong Learning; Teamwork; Communication; Information Literacy)

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (15 November 2021 - 17 December 2021)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

1st Non standard period (15 November 2021 - 17 December 2021)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 46-50
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 46-50

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 46-50
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 46-50