DEATH, BURIAL AND AFTERLIFE
Credit points: 15
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.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesPreparatory reading; lecture attendance; research for essay; tutorial interaction; assessed source analysis; assessed research essay; tutorial-based assessment
Prerequisites Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects and 15 credit points of ARC, ARH, CAH, ENG, HIS, HUS coded subjects
Incompatible subjectsMDS3DBA OR CAH2DTH OR MDS2DBA
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGillian Shepherd
LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Source analysis (1400 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.
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Research essay (2000 words) Research essay on a specified topic requiring wide-ranging analysis of related material, sites and reading examined throughout the subject. .
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Tutorial-based assessment (600 words) Periodic in-class assessment based on subject essential readings
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