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CAC2037 : The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

"An honourable man", a rebel with a cause, human sacrifice and a dutiful daughter... Greek literature has supplied themes and personalities which have inspired artists of all kinds throughout the history of Western culture. Combining detailed analysis of individual works with the study of overall themes and issues, this module aims to explore the impact Greek literature has had on Western literature, music and art. Central texts include Plutarch's Lives & Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the Antigones of Sophocles & Anouilh. Themes studied include questions of transformation and adaptation - crossing genres with Plutarch and Shakespeare, crossing cultures with the 17th-century tragedian Racine - and questions of classical subjects harnessed to modern causes and ideas, with the 20th-century French dramatists. Aspects of Dr. Phillippo’s own research - some of it in progress - on Greek and French literature feed into the module. The principal texts will be supplemented by material from other genres and media: poetry, opera and the visual arts. All non-English works to be studied in translation.

This module aims:
•To promote understanding of and insight into questions of cross-cultural inspiration and adaptation raised by the 'reception' of Greek literature in the Western cultural tradition.
•To develop skills in critical analysis, applied to the relationship between a work of literature and its literary source;
•To develop flexibility in applying skills of literary analysis in different contexts, extending these particularly to texts and other artistic works from outwith the classical world.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module explores the impact Greek literature has had on Western literature, music and art, combining detailed analysis of individual works* with the study of overall themes and issues.
*Set texts: Plutarch's Lives of Julius Caesar, Brutus and (excerpts) Antony and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Sophocles’ Antigone & Anouilh’s Antigone.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion801:0080:0050% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture341:0034:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading321:0032:0020% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study481:0048:0030% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAC3037The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to:

- introduce students to the overall approaches and techniques involved in studying the Classical tradition;
- introduce students to the background of the various texts (etc.) studied and to illlustrate the application to details of the texts of overall issues both regarding the texts themselves and regarding the themes of the module.

Groupwork and dicussion within lectures are designed to:

- give students the chance to enhance their understanding of the ideas and approaches presented by applying these for themselves to illustrative excerpts of texts (etc.);

- develop students' skills of interpersonal communication

Seminars are designed to give students the opportunity to apply in depth, with advance preparation, the ideas and approaches encountered in lectures, to aspects of the central set texts studied; to lay the foundation for material which they may include in the submitted assignment; and to develop their skills of oral and interpersonal communication.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A5048 hour 'take-home' paper (2 questions with a 2,500-3,000 word count limit)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CAC3037The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses:
(a)       (comparative ‘source study’ commentary on paired excerpts from set texts) students’ capacity to apply, to specific passages from the set texts, the approaches taught and learnt in the module overall, requiring them to focus on selecting key comparative points, and to demonstrate skills of selectivity and prioritising;
(b)       (essay) students’ ability to assemble and correlate their knowledge of the texts (etc.) studied in the module to construct a coherent, focused and critical discussion of key overall issues and themes involved in studying the Classical Tradition.

Assignment:
The assignment tests students' ability to apply skills learned in the first half of the module, in constructing a detailed comparative analysis of later works (literary text or paintings) with their classical source and exploring how such analysis may contribute to interpretation of the overall works concerned.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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