Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an informative and fun introduction to two of the major cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean world: Ancient Greece and Rome, and looks at where they turn up in the modern world from our own university's 'Agora' to the Latin spells of the Harry Potter series. We explore the fascinating worlds of Greece and Rome, including the places where their histories, societies and languages have influenced our own culture. Students will learn about the worlds of Julius Caesar and Socrates; learn about ancient societies at war and at peace; and discover what we have taken from ancient political structures ('democracy', 'senate', 'fascism'), sport (the Olympics; gladiators), history, law, science, medicine and mythology.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLecture, readings, tutorial and seminar. Readings, tutorial and seminar. Group Presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge about two ancient cultures and knowledge of their historical context
02. Relate other cultures to their own
03. Demonstrate an increased capacity to understand the workings of culture and language
04. Improve their written skills and extend their English vocabulary
05. Share their acquired knowledge and review their classmates' analyses of ancient and modern cultures

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Weekly tutorial tests and exercises (equivalent 2200 words) Assessments will draw on lectures and set readings, and assess students' ability to transfer that information to parallel instances of modern culture.

N/AOtherIndividualNo55 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Source Analysis (1000 words) Students will choose an ancient and modern source from a selection provided by the coordinator, and analyse the links and differences between the two.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Group presentation (equivalent 800 words) This will draw on preparatory work in workshops and be presented to the seminar group, or pre-recorded for discussion in class

N/AOral presentationGroupNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5