THE WORLD OF ODYSSEUS

MDS3ODY

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will engage with the Greek hero figure Odysseusand his world. Our task in the first place is to consider his role in earlyGreek epic poetry (the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer), especially in theTrojan war, and in his great quest to get back home to his wife, his father andhis son on the island of Ithaca. Thiswill be the main focus of the first half of the subject. The Odysseypresents Odysseus as a rugged survivor and man of cleverness and our task is toidentify the core elements of his character and his myth. In this context wewill consider this kind of heroism and the way it is distinguished from otherheroes, especially the figure of Achilles in Homer#s Iliad. We then turn to later manifestations of Odysseus in Greekdrama, in Latin literature, and in art and in film (that is, the Ulyssestradition). In many ways Odysseus is theGreek heroic figure who has come most prominently into our own world, especiallyin literature and film, and one of our tasks is to explore the reasons forthis.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChristopher Mackie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One second year MDS subject or the approval of the subject co-ordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Gain an understanding of Odysseus and his world as they are presented through time in the main primary sources

Activities:
Reading, discussion and assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Acquire an understanding of the main critical approaches to Greek heroic myth and literature

Activities:
Reading, discussion and assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Develop a sense of the reception of Odysseus and his world in our own times

Activities:
Reading, discussion and assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Develop writing and research skills appropriate to this kind of academic area.

Activities:
Consider special skills associated with researching and writing in this area
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Week 48-50, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChristopher Mackie

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 48 - 50
Five 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 48 - 50
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per day on any day including weekend during the day from week 48 to week 50 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 hour test at the end of the first week (equivalent to 750 words)25 01, 02
1 hour test at the end of the second week (equivalent to 750 words)25 01, 02, 03
1 x 2000 word research essay due after the completion of the subject50 01, 02, 03, 04