Study Abroad and Exchanges



CAH3034 : 'Like ants or frogs around the pond': Mobility and Identity in the Greek Mediterranean (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aims of this module are:
• to examine the origins and nature of Greek identity and culture: the precise
circumstances under which these emerged and how they developed over time.
• to explore the relationship between a developing sense of ‘Greekness’ and core
themes such as mobility, consumption, trade and exchange, overseas settlement and
interactions with foreign peoples including Egyptians, Phoenicians, Scythians, Persians
and the Italic tribes of southern Italy.
• to enable you to engage critically with secondary scholarship dealing with the themes
outlined above, a crucial part of your training as either a classicist or historian.
• to further develop core skills in using and evaluating a wide variety of literary and material
evidence (e.g. epic and lyric poetry, Greek silver coinage, painted pottery and epigraphy).
• to equip you with the necessary skills and experience to be able to communicate complex
material to a non-specialist audience via the medium of powerpoint.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module ranges far beyond Athens to encompass locations as far flung as Egypt, the Black Sea, Southern France, and Bactria (modern Afghanistan). Topics may include the role that overseas settlement, panhellenic sanctuaries, and the widespread circulation of Greek silver coinage played in fostering a sense of common Greek identity; relations between Greek settlers and local (non-Greek) populations in regions such as Olbia, Sicily/Magna Graecia and Cyrene; consumption and trade; the relative strengths of theoretical frameworks currently employed in the study of Greek identity, history and culture (network theory, cultural hybridity and ethnicity) and the way in which knowledge regarding both foreign or ‘barbarian‘ peoples and Greeks helped define what it meant to be ‘Greek’ in the first place.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion751:0075:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading751:0075:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Class discussions/close reading of set texts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork22:004:00Museum Visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:0010% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce you to key historical topics and how to approach them. Lectures are
not merely intended to provide you with answers. Instead, they will provide you with the
knowledge and skills that will enable you to both formulate and answer your own questions.
Your listening and note-taking skills will play a key role in this process. The class
discussions are an opportunity for you to develop your understanding dynamically, e.g. by
engaging in discussion of how you should go about addressing historical questions, the
relative merits of different types of evidence or approach to the sources or by gaining
clarification of any points that you do not understand. In doing so you will develop your
analytical skills, oral communication skills and your ability to work as part of a team.
Students explore set topics in detail, building on sources and modern scholarship they have
read in independent study, and participate in group and class discussion, and make formal

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A85The exam consists of 2 gobbet source criticisms and two essay questions.
Oral Presentation151M1510 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. Will employ powerpoint and a handout.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The seminar workshops assess knowledge and understanding of core themes, the ability to compare and contrast source materials, and the ability to expound and criticize a textual extract lucidly and succinctly. The students' oral communication and presentation skills will be developed by their delivering a formal presentation which will be summatively assessed by the seminar leader. This will help students to develop transferable skills such as using powerpoint to a professional standard and expressing complex ideas to a non-specialist audience. Formal training will be provided in the form of a skills session in week one.
The unseen examination tests the students’ acquisition of a clear, general and overall knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.

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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