CLMACT-Approaches to the Classical Tradition

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 30 [15 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:

This core course aims to provide students with both a historical overview of how classical antiquity has been interpreted at different periods and in different selected societies, and a theoretical understanding of the construction of tradition.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the deployment of Greek and Roman culture in different historical periods
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the deployment of classical antiquity by different selected societies
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of different theoretical models of tradition and reception
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the value of different approaches, including inter-disciplinary approaches, to the study of the classical tradition.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to develop the student's skills of time management, oral communication, IT and presentation.

Outline content:
The course examines a series of case studies, organised on a broadly chronological basis, in order to investigate varying interpretations of classical antiquity and the various available models of tradition and reception. Students are also introduced to recent theoretical and methodological debates about classical reception.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course is taught through a series of seminars which draw upon a variety of sources including visual as well as textual material. Sessions may be conducted by different members of staff, in order to facilitate the consideration of diverse conceptual approaches.

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The course is assessed through one book review (20%),one oral or web presentation (10%) both of these due in the Autumn Term and one essay (70%) of 4,000 words, 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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 September 2018


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