CL1CA-The Civilization of Fifth-Century Athens

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou

Email: a.s.papaconstantinou@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to provide students, both beginners and those with some experience of the field, with a general knowledge and understanding of Classical Greek history and culture as exemplified by Athens in the fifth century BC. Students will also acquire basic skills of source-criticism and literary, visual and historical analysis.

Aims:
This module aims to provide students, both beginners and those with some experience of the field, with a general knowledge and understanding of Classical Greek history and culture as exemplified by Athens in the fifth century BC. Students will also acquire basic skills of source-criticism and literary, visual and historical analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•demonstrate good, basic knowledge of the history and culture of the period;
•evaluate and contextualize a variety of selected ancient material;
•locate and assemble material on the subject of study, with guidance;
•organise materials and present effectively written arguments.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students are also encouraged to develop their IT skills by use of computer resources.

Outline content:
The course concentrates on Athens in the fifth century BC, providing an introduction to Greek history and culture for those continuing with Ancient History and Classical Studies, as well as for others. Although lectures provide an outline of the century's history, their structure is primarily thematic, addressing topics such as democracy, Athenian attitudes to outsiders and barbarians, drama, art, gender and sexuality, philosophy, and medicine. The topics are pursued further in seminars which focus on a selection of relevant ancient texts and images. The course represents current thinking and research on the various subjects covered, introducing even those students with prior experience of classical studies to new areas and methods. At the same time no specific knowledge is assumed as a prerequisite for this preliminary module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught by lectures and seminars with two or three contact hours per week

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 7
Guided independent study 173
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Written assignment including essay 33

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
Summative coursework will consist of one essay of 1,500-2,000 words, which must be submitted by 12 noon of the last Thursday of the Autumn Term.

Relative percentage of coursework : 33%

Examinations
One paper of one and a half hours, requiring two essays.

Formative assessment methods:
Formative assessment will consist of one short response (of c. 1100 words) to set passages. This will be due on the Thursday of week 5 of the autumn term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One paper of two hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A grade of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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