CLMACAH-Approaches to Classics and Ancient History

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: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Eleanor Dickey

Email: e.dickey@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:

  • Knowledge of some of the different branches of study within Classics and Ancient History and their characteristic methodologies and theories
  • Awareness of the value of different approaches, including interdisciplinary approaches, to the study of Classics and Ancient History
  • Ability to engage in investigation and argumentation using the methodologies and theories studied, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to write a book review and to deliver a formal oral presentation with visual aids.

Additional outcomes:
The module also enables students to enhance their skills in time management, and use of library and IT resources.

Outline content:
The module will cover at least nine of the approaches in D. Schaps, Handbook of Classical Research (Routledge 2011); the ones to be covered will be chosen in consultation with the students, in order to maximise relevance to their needs and interests.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will prepare written and oral exercises independently for weekly tutorials at which they will present the results of their preparation, discuss those results, and undertake further exercises building on work done in the preceding week.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 20 0
Guided independent study 270 10
       
Total hours by term 290.00 10.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Set exercise 50

Other information on summative assessment:
The book review should be between 1000 and 1200 words long and will be due on the first day of the Spring Term. The oral presentation should be 10 minutes long and is due at the last class meeting of the Autumn Term (normally Wednesday of Week 11). The weekly set exercises will involve a range of written and oral tasks, for example defining terminology, summarizing chapters, constructing manuscript stemmata, and explaining editions of inscriptions.

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly set exercises (these will be formative in the first half of the term and summative in the second half).

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.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: D. Shaps. Handbook of Classical Research (Routledge)
£27.00 from publisher.
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 December 2016

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