CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

CAH3CLM

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we read and interpret ancient Greek and Roman mythology. While studying Greek mythology we will focus on heroes, including Heracles, Jason, Perseus, Bellerophon and Odysseus. As we work our way through the classical myths we will encounter thematic elements of classical mythology such as the figure of the monster, the sexual conduct of gods and mortals, conception and birth, fire, images of the underworld, and life after death. Building on the foundations of Greek mythology, we will then turn to its adaptation in Italy by the Etruscans and Romans. We will question the notion of 'copying' and, instead, look at how these adaptations were made to meet the needs of the different Italian cultures. In this subject you will read epic poetry and drama (plays), as well as material remains including painted vases, tomb paintings, and architectural monuments. The subject concludes with an examination of modern cinematic adaptations of mythic themes from the ancient world in order to demonstrate the continued power of classical mythological narratives.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MDS3CLM, MDS2CLM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReadingsPrescribedMultipleNA
ReadingsOdysseyPrescribedHomer trans FitzgeraldFarrar, Strauss, Girous
ReadingsMetamorphosesPrescribedOvid trans RaeburnPenguin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Contextualise literary and material primary source evidence and interpret it using disciplinary scholarship from Classics and Ancient History.

Activities:
In-class discussion, in-class assessment and essay writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

02. Develop enhanced collaborative problem solving abilities through in-class analysis of primary and secondary sources.

Activities:
In-class discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

03. Speak and write about aspects of classical mythology.

Activities:
In-class discussion, in-class assessment and essay writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Reference ancient sources and scholarly sources correctly within the context of a well-evidenced research essay.

Activities:
Essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Understand ancient Greek and Roman mythology and how they are connected to each other.

Activities:
In-class discussion, in-class assessment and essay writing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1800-word essay30 01, 03, 04
2500-word research essay50 01, 03, 04, 05
In-class activity (500 words equivalent)20 02, 03