CL1TR-Texts, Readers, and Writers

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring 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 explores the history of text, reading, and writing in the Greek and Roman worlds, the development of literature and literary criticism, and its relationship of reading and writing to material culture. No knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.

Aims:

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students will:
• show awareness of Greek and Roman orality, literacy and performance
• demonstrate a critical appreciation of literary genres
• demonstrate understanding of the relationship between Greek and Roman literary culture, and between both of these and the modern world
• address the advantages as well as the limitations of studying ancient texts in translation
• know the Greek alphabet

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:
Topics studied may include:
• the production and circulation of texts in the ancient world
• orality and rhetoric
• the Greek alphabet
• material texts including coins and inscriptions
• literary genres in the ancient world
• ancient scholarship
• Greek and Roman cultures of reading and performance
• the transmission, translation and reception of Greek and Roman texts

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 6
Guided independent study 174
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:
An essay of 2000 – 2,500 words, due by 12 noon on the last Friday of term, will be written entirely by reference to primary evidence, thus testing awareness of the range and limitations of our sources.

The examination will contain a passage for comment and an essay question.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. ?The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
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;
where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

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.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

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. Coursework must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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