CL3GD-Gender in Classical Antiquity

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Barbara Goff


Type of module:

Summary module description:
A module which studies the construction of gender relations in ancient Greece and Rome.

•To offer students a discussion of the ways in which gender relations were constructed in the literature, art, culture and institutions of ancient Greece and Rome
•To provide students with an analysis of the main sources available for the study of gender in ancient societies.
•To investigate the theoretical and political assumptions which inform the study of gender.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, students are expected to:
•use and assess a variety of evidence in order to illustrate how gender was defined and debated in ancient societies;
•relate the study of gender in ancient societies to contemporary debates about gender, feminism, and cultural diversity;
•relate the evidence and arguments presented in the lectures and seminars to additional information assembled by their own research;
•articulate their arguments effectively and illustrate them with relevant evidence.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop oral presentation and group skills, as well as IT skills.

Outline content:
Study of relevant literature, art, culture and institutions of the ancient societies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will proceed via lectures and seminars, with two contact hours a week. Preparatory reading will be mandatory for every session.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module will be assessed by: (1) One critical comparison of passages from two different ancient sources, chosen by the student.  This assignment will be 2000 words, and is due in by 12 noon on Monday of week 7 of the teaching term (40%); (2) One essay of 3000-3500 words on a topic chosen by the student, due in by 12 noon on the first day of the second week of the term subsequent to the teaching term (60%).  This essay must use at least three different ancient sources.

Formative assessment methods:
Regular seminars will provide an opportunity for students to test out and receive feedback upon their ideas and interpretations. Students will also have a one to one meeting about their coursework plans in the second half of term.

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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission in August

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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