CL2GA-Greek Architecture

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Amy Smith


Summary module description:
This module provides an overview of architecture in the ancient Greek world from the so-called Dark ages through the end of the Hellenistic period (around 1000-31 BC), considering its artistic uses, range, and development, especially on civic and public buildings, but also on tombs and monuments.

•To introduce students to the range of Greek architecture including its uses
•To give students the experience of identifying, analysing and interpreting Greek architecture, whether or not fragmentary.
•To develop students’ confidence in developing their own perspectives and viewpoints.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be expected to:

•recognize, describe and date a range of Greek architecture
•analyse the social and historical context of monyuments and buildings
•distinguish particular problems encountered with fragmentary architectural remains
•interpret and analyse primary and secondary sources critically
•develop art historical interpretive skills of observation and analysis
•express their own perspectives and opinions based upon a solid understanding of any problems and arguments

Additional outcomes:
This module also encourages the development of oral communication skills and students’ effectiveness working in groups, through presentations, and participation in class meetings. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources including bibliographies.

Outline content:
This module will treat a range of architectural monuments and other material in the Greek world from the Dark Ages to the end of the Hellenistic period. It will follow a chronological format, beginning with the earliest architectural remains and its precedents and tracing the development of the orders and different stylistic and functional elements. It will also examine building materials, construction methods and techniques, and architectural embellishment, including sculpture. Primary attention will be given to the variety of architectural buildings and monuments in ancient cities, with emphasis on the public monuments that are best evidenced. These monuments will be examined from the viewpoints of the ancient craftsmen as well as consumers. Attention will also be given to ancient literary sources and their value for interpreting these images. We will also consider the legacy of Greek architecture, as it has been interpreted and reinterpreted by Roman, Renaissance, Neoclassical and modern architects.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught primarily by lectures, with opportunity for discussion, and a museum visit.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
External visits 2
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 30
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Practical skills assessment 10

Other information on summative assessment:
(1) Essay proposal (no more than 1,000 words) due in at 12 noon on Friday week 3 of term (10%).
(2) Prepare a brief oral report on a museum object, to be given on the day of the visit to the museum (10%).
(3) A written report (no more than 1,000 words), given on the same object as for the oral report, due in at 12 noon on Friday week 7 of term (30%).
(4) One essay of about 3,000 words on the topic proposed in (1) above and approved by the convenor, due in by 12 noon on the first Tuesday of the Summer term (50%).

Formative assessment methods:
Students are required in all cases to choose their own topics and thus encouraged to engage in a process of selection through discussion with the module convenor.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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:
    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:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 22nd August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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