Study Abroad and Exchanges

Modules

Modules

CAH2013 : Sex, Bodies and Identities in Antiquity (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This is a team-taught module across Classics and Archaeology, convened and led by Dr Tatiana Ivleva. The aim of the module is to help you develop insight into cultural and ethnic identities and expression across groups and individuals in terms of sex, gender, sexuality, and the body in antiquity. We will look at political, legal, socio-economic and religious dynamics of these aspects of identity across antiquity, from the classical Greek and Roman worlds to the edges of the Roman Empire. You will engage with modern cultural theories relating to sex, bodies and identities and apply them to ancient historical, classical and archaeological material and contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module engages closely with ideas drawn from Gender and Ethnicity Studies, Feminist approaches and Cultural Theories and applies them to antiquity. These include: ‘performed gender’; the politics of the ethnic bodies; women’s agency in patriarchal societies; the cultural and historical spectrum of sexualities; and dress and the body. We will look closely at a broad range of source material, including inscriptions, archaeology, material culture, Homeric epic, philosophical and medical texts. Lectures are divided within broad themes: Politics of Ethnicity, Masculinity and Femininity Across Time and Space, Bodies that Matter, Religious Bodies and Identities, Reading Powerful Women. Topics within these themes will depend on individual lecturer research specialisms, and may include slavery; medical treatises on the body; sexualities; family and society; royal masculinities; homosexuality and erotic in Greece and Roman Empire.
Seminars will cover aspects of cultural theory and their application to the ancient past. There may also be museum object handling and other activities where relevant.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion521:0052:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading521:0052:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Skills session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:001/3 of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Team-teaching essential for breadth of material and approaches inspired by individual expertise. Lectures will be
interactive, largely to introduce topics, questions, material and approaches, and inspire questioning of material.
Seminars will provide opportunity for students to present ideas and discuss application of specific cultural and
historical theories and approaches to ancient evidence.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A502,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Design/Creative proj2M15Audio or visual podcast
Design/Creative proj2M35Audio or visual podcast
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay will assess written and structured engagement with material, theory and scholarship in sustained piece of written work. Source podcasts will assess close and critical reading of sources, and inventive and independent presentation of interpretations within cultural theoretical framework. Seminar preparation and contribution is zeroweighted, but students expected to ‘pass’ (they must participate in discussion at least once, and turn up with prepared notes – individual tutor to keep tally and report to course leader).

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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