DEATH, BURIAL AND AFTERLIFE

MDS2DTH

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline


This subject explores cultural approaches to the single event which will occur to all humankind: death. While concentrating on the archaeology, art and textual evidence from Greco-Roman antiquity, the subject also draws upon case studies from later periods and other societies to illustrate the richness and variety of cultural responses to death, employing modern ethnographic parallels to aid the interpretation of past practices. Topics covered will include the role of burial practices in defining living societies, through declarations not only of religion but also social status, age, gender and ethnicity in funerary procedures and monuments constructed to commemorate the dead; ideas, literature and art surrounding the afterlife, ghosts and underworld; and social approaches to ways of death such as war, disease and crime.


SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MDS2 DBA, MDS3 DBA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject will run in 2017 if MDS3 AGD does not run in 2017 (latter dependent on Anniversary funding for first iteration)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to analyse a source in depth and detail

Activities:
Tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis
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02. Ability to compare and contrast societies

Activities:
Tutorial interaction; assessed research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Improved writing skills

Activities:
Assessed source analysis; assessed research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Increased knowledge of the material culture and literature of Greco-Roman and later societies

Activities:
Preparatory reading; lecture attendance; research for essay; tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis; assessed research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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