ANCIENT GREECE: MYTH, ART, WAR

MDS1ANG

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the diversity of the ancient Greek achievement, which has exercised a fundamental and continuing influence upon later European literature and culture. The subject commences with a detailed treatment of Homer's Iliad and the myth of the Trojan war. This is one of the dominant myths in the Greek tradition and is narrated in some detail in epic poetry, in drama, and in art and architecture. We explore how myths are 'read' in their historical context, especially in the contexts of the Persian and Peloponnesian wars of the 5th Century BC. A variety of sources are treated to enable students to build up a picture of Greek society as a whole. Texts are read in translation and students are encouraged to consider certain questions of method, (for example, historical versus literary evidence) in dealing with the study of a culture removed in time and nature from our own.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ANG1AMC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSubject ReaderPrescribedn/an/a

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ethical and cultural awareness.

Activities:
Sub-group discussion in class where students ask questions and respond to each other.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Evaluate sources and lines of argument and evidence on an aspect of the Ancient past.

Activities:
In-class discussion and all written assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Life-long learning: Develop an interest in the language and culture of the Greeks and their influence on today's world.

Activities:
In-class discussion and all written assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Teamwork, combined with writing and/or speaking.

Activities:
Sub-group classroom discussion; students will be encouraged to work together in class and in pairs or groups to solve a range of problems and to communicate with other groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

05. To identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on an aspect of the Ancient past. To learn to distinguish between primary and secondary resources, using both in historical inquiry.

Activities:
Both essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. To speak with some confidence about an aspect of the Ancient past.

Activities:
Sub-group discussion in class where students ask questions and respond to each other.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)

07. Write short accounts of a discrete aspect of the Ancient past, with footnoted references and a bibliography.

Activities:
Both essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

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