CL2SG-Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World

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: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Katerina Volioti


Summary module description:
This module examines ancient constructions of sexuality and gender and introduces students to modern controversies surrounding them.

Students who complete this module successfully will
Have a detailed knowledge of important texts which shed light on ancient constructions of sexuality and gender
Have an acquaintance with modern scholarly controversies about such texts
Have some appreciation of how social changes in the modern period have brought about changes in our understandings of antiquity
Be able to research and communicate on topics connected with ancient constructions of sexuality and gender

Assessable learning outcomes:
A detailed knowledge and understanding of key ancient texts
A good knowledge and understanding of key modern approaches to the historical study of sexuality and gender.

Additional outcomes:
Students will foster skills in oral discussion and in use of IT

Outline content:
Lecture and discussion of key ancient texts such as Hesiod, lyric poetry, courtroom speeches, comedy, Latin love poetry, satire, the ancient novel, and visual sources such as statues, vases, and wall paintings.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Seminars 5
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 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One essay of 3000 words, due by 12 noon on the first day of the term following that in which the module is taught.

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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