CLMAC-Approaches to Classics

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Timothy Duff

Email: t.e.duff@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to introduce students of varied backgrounds to the disciplines, techniques and theoretical approaches relevant to the various branches of Classics and Ancient History and necessary for advanced work or research in the field, and to equip them with the basic skills required to engage in such work.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students of varied backgrounds to the disciplines, techniques and theoretical approaches relevant to the various branches of Classics and Ancient History and necessary for advanced work or research in the field, and to equip them with the basic skills required to engage in such work.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module, students should be able to: *Demonstrate an awareness of the different branches of study within Classics and Ancient History and their characteristic methodologies and theories *Demonstrate an awareness of the value of different approaches, including inter-disciplinary approaches, to the study of Classics and Ancient History *Engage in simple investigation and argumentation using at least some of the methodologies and theories studied, both in oral presentations and in writing *Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the current theories and debates in the areas of Classics or Ancient History in which they have chosen to specialise.

Additional outcomes:
The module also enables students to enhance their skills of time management, oral communication and presentation. Students will also develop IT skills in the use of relevant web resources and in advanced word-processing.

Outline content:
Topics to be covered will be chosen, as appropriate, from the following:
History of classical scholarship; Transmission of texts; Material culture; Art;
Epigraphy: reading and using inscriptions; Papyri, literary and documentary; Literary theory; Historical theory and Anthropology

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Most of the topics are taught through seminars, which involve student preparation, discussion and presentation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 20
Guided independent study 280
       
Total hours by term 300.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:
The course is assessed through one book review (20%), one oral or web presentation (10%) (both due in the Autumn Term) and one essay of 4,000 words (70%), to be submitted at the end of the first week of the Spring Term,

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
n/a

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of written work as agreed by Programme Director.

Last updated: 23 April 2014

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