ATS3344 - Study tour in Italy: Etruscan and Roman archaeology - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees


Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees
Dr Andrew Connor

Not offered in 2018


A first-year level sequence in Ancient Cultures or with approval from the unit co-ordinator


ATS2344Not offered in 2018



This overseas study tour is an intensive introduction to the cultures of ancient Italy, focussing on the Etruscan and Roman civilizations. We will visit archaeological sites and view museum collections in Rome and Tuscany to familiarise ourselves with the material record of these ancient cultures and to investigate the presentation of the past. Students will examine Etruscan and Roman culture through lectures, discussions, site presentations, and first-hand experience with a wealth of physical materials, from monumental structures including the Colosseum and Pantheon, to the streets and shops of the port city of Ostia, preserved under Tiber mud for centuries; from fine sculptures and painted tombs to cooking pots and skeletons. Study will commence at the Clayton campus and then transfer to Italy, where we will explore the ancient sites of Rome and Etruria before moving to Prato, Tuscany, where seminars and field trips will familiarise students with core issues in studying and presenting the past.


On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. recognise the major sites and features of the Etruscan and Roman cultures;
  2. identify key features of the art, architecture, beliefs, politics and histories of the Etruscan and Roman cultures;
  3. evaluate the cultural exchange that operated between Etruscan and Roman cultures and their neighbours;
  4. distinguish the advantages and limitations of different methods employed in reconstructing the past;
  5. employ diverse approaches in the reconstruction of the past;
  6. engage with debates surrounding the (re-)presentation of the past within the public domain.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. + Additional requirements + This unit is taught intensively at Prato

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester

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