Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the structure of Roman society in the late Republic and early imperial period. Major developments in a Roman life, including education, living conditions and urban life are also treated. Students also examine major facets of Roman archaeology, including artworks, as well as some of the major written sources of the eras under examination. This course also introduces students to the evaluation of scholarly debates pertaining to themes of race, gender and human rights in the context of ancient Rome.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the most important sources on Roman Social history.

2. Apply a critical approach to modern interpretations of Roman Society.

3. Interpret the structure of the course of a life in the Roman world, and the shape of the urban environment and its impact on social structure.

4. Communicate oral and written arguments in a clear, concise and analytical manner.

5. Develop skills in engagement in a professional activity for a real-world audience.


  1. The typical Roman life cycle from birth to death
  2. Roman attitudes to women and their role in society
  3. Roma funerals and their implications
  4. The impact of status on social expectations
  5. Living conditions including diet and urban life

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Participation: Tutorial Paper and Oral Contribution (30%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Text analysis (30%)

Professional Task: Engagement in a professional activity for a real-world audience (40%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.