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

    About this paper

    Paper title Power and Politics in Roman and Modern Times
    Subject Classical Studies
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level CLAS, GREK, LATN or POLS points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    CLAS 346 cannot be credited with CLAS330 taken in 2019 or 2020.

    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.

    Internal Assessment - 100%.

    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.


    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 this paper will:

    1. Develop written and oral skills through written assignments, simulation, and in-class debate (Communication)
    2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the evaluation of argument across disciplines (Interdisciplinary perspective; Critical Thinking)
    3. 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)
    4. Make normative evaluations of how political life should be organised (Critical Thinking, Communication)
    5. 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)


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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