CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

CAH2CLM

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will read and interpret ancient Greek and Roman mythology. You will learn about Greek mythology, focusing on the Olympian gods and heroes, including Heracles, Jason, Perseus, Bellerophon and Odysseus. As you work our way through the classical myths you 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, you will then turn to its adaptation in Italy by the Etruscans and Romans. You will learn to 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, Homeric Hymns and drama (plays), as well as material remains including painted vases, tomb paintings, and architectural monuments. The subject concludes with an examination of modern responses to classical myth, including heroes and superheroes, in order to demonstrate the continued power of classical mythological narratives.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MDS3CLM, MDS2CLM, CAH3CLM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Write with authority about aspects of classical mythology.

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

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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 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*
1500-word reflective essay40 01, 03, 04
2000-word research essay50 03, 04, 05
500-word quiz10 01, 02, 03