HIST505 Byzantine History AD 330-1056

Updated: 01 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH241 or ANCH341 or HIST205 or HIST305 or HIST405
Notes None
Combined Units HIST305 - Byzantine History AD 330-1056
Coordinator(s) To be advised
Unit Description

A study of Byzantine political, social and military history from the foundation of Constantinople to the reigns of Basil II and the empresses Zoe and Theodora. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nature of imperial government, the importance of heresies and religious developments within the empire and relationships with Byzantium's neighbours.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit an advanced and wide-ranging knowledge of the various settings (political, social, religious) which gave rise to the Byzantine empire and the ability to identify key aspects of, and assess critically the influence of, these settings on beliefs and practices within the society;
  2. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods appropriate to the study of History, including a high level of competence in the use of primary texts as resources, a working knowledge of the variety of text critical methods available, and of the major concepts and models presently adopted by historians;
  3. apply competence in the analysis and interpretation of primary texts to the task of analysing the texts relating to Byzantine history;
  4. apply critical analysis of primary texts to gain a critical understanding of Byzantium and the societies with which they impacted;
  5. demonstrate the ability to write analytically and present a coherent and sustained argument at a postgraduate level; and
  6. demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in their assignment work.