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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectHistory
European Studies
Number & Suffix: 186 A
Transcript Title: ROME & UNIVERSAL 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This is a graduate level course that is part of the Laurea Magistrale program. The course is intended for advanced level students only. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor. Students who complete a final paper on a pre-approved topic are awarded 1 extra unit. Maximum units for this course are 6. The course focuses on the conceptual grounds of the Universal claim in the Roman culture, which are connected to political-military elements as well as cultural and juridical patterns. The course highlights the elements of continuity and change in representations and auto-representations of the universal Roman cosmic order. Emphasis is placed on historiographical debates and the relevance of the theme in the actual organizational and political patterns. The course follows a comparative approach to ancient sources and connects the Roman idea of a Universal empire with other contemporary Universal empires, like e.g. Alexander the Great's empire or the Chinese Han dynasty‚Äôs Empire. The diachronic approach is also taken into account through the notion the universal imperial rule has shaped the idea of international order from the end of Antiquity, through the Middle Ages and up to the present day. The course focuses on the reception of the historical experience of ancient Rome as a universal model, examining some aspects in which the influence of this historical experience was particularly significant. After a brief introduction, the course focuses on case studies: the Roman world as the first example of a globalized world; the constitution of republican Rome as a model for constitutions of the modern age; the Roman Empire as a paradigm of the Empires, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world; slavery in ancient Rome and slavery in the modern world; Roman law as a universal model. Students have the option of the writing of a short paper or a review of a monograph on one of the topics of the lectures or related to the subject of the course, to be agreed with the teacher. The essay or the review must be received at least one week before the final oral examination. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Archeologia e culture del mondo antico 
Partner University Course Number: 81710