CL2SXG-Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Katherine Harloe

Email: k.c.harloe@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module examines ancient and modern constructions of sexuality and gender with reference to evidence from the ancient world and modern theory and scholarship on it.


Aims:

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 theories and critical scholarship about sexuality and gender in the ancient world, and about sexuality and gender in general

  • Have some appreciation of how social changes in the modern period have brought about changes in our understandings of i. antiquity, ii. sexuality and gender

  • Be able to research and communicate on topics connected with ancient and modern constructions of sexuality and gender


Assessable learning outcomes:

A detailed knowledge and understanding of some key ancient literary and material sources that pertain to sexuality and gender in ancient Greece and Rome

A good knowledge and understanding of major modern theoretical frameworks for, approaches to and debates over the historical study of sexuality and gender


Additional outcomes:

Students will foster skills in oral discussion and in use of IT



Through the keeping of a learning journal, students will enhance their self-reflection and understanding of their own learning style


Outline content:

Lectures and interactive discussions 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 12
Seminars 6
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 60
    Wider reading (directed) 60
    Preparation for seminars 12
    Essay preparation 40
    Reflection 10
       
Total hours by term 0 200 0
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Portfolio 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

There is no final examination for this module.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module is assessed by two elements:



(i) An online portfolio comprising a learning journal, to be submitted on or before the last day of the term in which the module is taught. This element comprises 50% of the module mark



(ii) A written assignment (essay or creative piece plus accompanying commentary) of 2000 – 2500 words on a topic agreed with the module convenor by the last day of the term in which the module is taught, to be submitted on or before the first day of the term after which the module is taught. This element comprises 50% of the module mark



Full information on how to complete both elements of assessment will published at the beginning of teaching for the module, and opportunities will be given to discuss this in class.


Formative assessment methods:

Feedback and feedforward on the developing learning journal will be offered in Weeks 7 – 8 of term. In order to access this opportunity, students must submit work directly to the module convenor (in a Word document attached to an email) by Friday of Week 6. Individual feedback will be offered with the aim of enhancing the summative submission.


Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
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:

40% overall


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission during August resit period


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books £25-£50


Last updated: 16 June 2020

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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