CLAS322-20S1 (A) Semester One 2020 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Roman Architecture

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course explores the tremendous architectural and engineering achievements of the Romans from the 2nd century BC - 4th century AD. The course will focus on a variety of architectural buildings, forms, techniques and materials, and will also examine some of the cultural and historical factors underlying the Romans' success as architects. This course is suitable for Civil Engineering students as well as Arts students.

This course explores all aspects of Roman architecture from the principles of engineering (cement, arches, vaults) to the refinements that make Roman buildings visually appealing. If the Romans built it, we'll be studying it: amphitheatres, baths, circuses, houses, temples, basilicas, aqueducts, bridges, and even sewers and loos. We will also be looking at the architectural and other features of Roman cities. This course will help prepare you for your OE in Europe.

Learning Outcomes

Transferrable skills:
1. Improved argumentation and writing skills and improved critical/analytical skills.
2.Ability to draw information about Roman architecture from the internet and evaluate its quality.
3. An appreciation of critical thinking about the impact of Roman architecture on Western culture and institutions and the cultural whakapapa of European New Zealanders.
4. Self-confidence and autonomy built upon disciplined habits of study and pursuit of set goals.
5. Improved ability to conduct research and present it to an academic audience.

Subject-specific course outcomes:
6. An overview of the history of Roman architecture and its development over time.
7. Basic ability to examine, assess and comment intelligently on the materials, construction and architectural forms of Roman buildings.
8. Basic understanding of the inter-relationship between Roman architecture and the development of Roman imperial cities.
9. Basic understanding of how Roman architecture and cities met the needs of their inhabitants.
10. An appreciation of how Roman architecture has influenced buildings and urban development in the modern world.

Workplace skills
11. Ability to write succinct prose.
12. Enhanced ability to identify problems and research solutions for them.
13. Enhanced observational skills.
14. Time management skills: working to a deadline in an efficient manner.
15. Ability to give and accept constructive feedback from others.
16. Enhanced presentation skills.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 30 points at 200 level from CLAS, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA or
from the BE (Hons).


CLAS314 (In 2012 and 2014 only), CLAS414, CLAS422

Equivalent Courses

CLAS314 (In 2012 and 2014 only)

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Arts Centre 203 Camerata (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 - (22/4-27/5)
Arts Centre 203 Camerata (19/2-25/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Arts Centre 203 Camerata (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Alison B Griffith


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation 10%
Assignment 1 20% Neoclassical architecture assignment
Assignment 2 40% Research poster assignment
Exam 30% Take-home exam

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Sear, Frank; Roman Architure; London: Routledge, 1998.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,553.00

International fee $6,750.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All CLAS322 Occurrences

  • CLAS322-20S1 (A) Semester One 2020 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)