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:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Eleanor Dickey

Email: e.dickey@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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 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 formal and informal oral p resentations 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 sometimes 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 10
       
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 25
Set exercise 75

Summative assessment- Examinations:
N/A

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The book review should be between 1000 and 2000 words long and will be due on the first day of the Spring Term. The weekly set exercises involve a range of written and oral tasks, for example defining terminology, summarising chapters, constructing manuscript stemmata, explaining editions of inscriptions, and delivering a 10-minute oral presentation.


Formative assessment methods:

Weekly set exercises (these will be formative in weeks 1-4 and summative in weeks 5-11).


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

Assessment 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: 4 April 2020

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

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