CL2GC-Greek Comedy

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

Module Convenor: Dr David Carter


Summary module description:
This module traces the development of Greek comedy from the origins of Attic old comedy in early fifth century BC through to new comedy in the fourth century. We shall look closely at plays by Aristophanes and Menander. Topics to be considered may include types of comedy (word-play and innuendo, slapstick, obscenity, absurdism, satire, etc.); comedy in its historical context; the performance of comedy; interactions with tragedy

To provide a detailed study of Greek comedy, and of important themes in scholarship.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•show detailed knowledge and appreciation of some of the surviving plays
•demonstrate a critical awareness of the development of the genre
•have some command of important trends in modern scholarship on the subject
•complement the evidence and arguments presented in the lectures with additional information assembled by their own research
•articulate their arguments effectively and illustrate them with relevant evidence

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and students’ effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources including bibliographies.

Outline content:
The module traces the origins of Attic old comedy and its development into new comedy in the fourth century BC. Detailed reference will be made to specific plays.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two lectures a week for the first five weeks of term. A further meeting in the last week of term will provide general and specific feedback on the essay.

The module will be assessed by one essay of about 2500 words, due by 12 noon on the Friday of the eighth week of term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 5
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The module will be assessed by one essay of about 2500 words, due by 12 noon on Friday week 8 of term.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    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.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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