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Modules

CAC2058 : Approaches To Near Eastern and Greek Myth (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to analyse approaches to myth through a comparative study of Near Eastern and Greek mythologies. We will examine how theoretical models have been used to interpret myth in the Ancient Near East (especially Mesopotamia) and Greece. We will read closely a wide sample of the major myths of Mesopotamia and Greece, and will focus and analyse specific themes, such as cosmogony, theogony, genealogy, destruction, initiation rites, look at the relation between myth and cult, and between myth and history as well as look at recurring motifs and the iconography of myth.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module begins within an introduction to the major theoretical approaches to mythology: psychoanalytic approaches, the myth and ritual school, structuralism and comparative approaches. After an introduction to Near Eastern and Greek history and mythologies, we will deal in detail with the myths of cosmogony, theogony and destruction, which have been central to comparative studies of Near Eastern and Greek myth. We will then look at particular motifs recurring in various different myths, such as the mountain, the sea, rivers, and different kinds of animals. We will also try to trace such motifs and mythological narrative in iconography. Finally a set of lectures will be devoted to discussing the interrelationships between myth and religion and myth and history.
In the seminars we will read in detail individual myths in translation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion541:0054:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture291:0029:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading551:0055:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:001/3 of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
Specifically, a basic lecture format is the most efficient method of expounding this material, which is both quite considerable and (sometimes) quite difficult. All lectures allow time for questions and (some) discussion.
Seminars provide students with an opportunity to participate in discussion and thus to improve their oral communication skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M251,500 Words
Essay1M251,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

There are two essays so as to give students the opportunity to engage with the material covered in class from early on in the semester. This allows to gain feedback from the first essay so that they can assess their learning and make adjustments for the submission of the second essay. Essays test intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

Exams test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.

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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