DEATH, BURIAL AND AFTERLIFE

CAH3DTH

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline



This subject investigates cultural approaches to the single event which occurs to all humankind: death. While concentrating on the archaeology, art and textual evidence of Greco-Roman antiquity, the subject also draws upon case studies from later periods and other societies to illustrate the richness, variety and complexity of cultural responses to death, employing modern ethnographic parallels to aid the interpretation of past practices. Topics covered include the role of burial practices in defining living societies through declarations of social status, age, gender and ethnicity in funerary procedures and monuments constructed to commemorate the dead.  You will learn about the ideas, literature and art surrounding the afterlife, ghosts and underworld; the role of religion in the formulation of burial rites; 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 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MDS2DBA, MDS3DBA, CAH2DTH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse a source in depth in order to understand its context, implications and associated debates

Activities:
Tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis; tutorial based assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Compare and contrast social and cultural attitudes to human mortality in order to explore themes of cultural continuity and change over time and place.

Activities:
Tutorial interaction; assessed research essay; tutorial based assessment
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,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Deploy advanced writing skills for the effective communication of complex concepts and debates

Activities:
Assessed source analysis; assessed research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Demonstrate increased and sophisticated knowledge of the material culture and literature of Greco-Roman societies and relevant ethnographic parallels

Activities:
Preparatory reading; lecture attendance; research for essay; tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis; assessed research essay; tutorial-based assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,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, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Source analysis (1500 words)Close analysis of a source with regard to its usefulness in enlarging our understanding of a specific aspect of ancient funerary practice; the analysis accordingly requires an in-depth understanding of related and relevant sources and debates.35 01, 03, 04
Research essay (2000 words)Research essay on a specified topic requiring wide-ranging analysis of related material, sites and reading examined throughout the subject. .50 01, 02, 03, 04
Tutorial-based assessment (500 words)Periodic in-class assessment based on subject essential readings15 01, 02, 04