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Modules

CAH3005 : City of Athens: Power, Society and Culture

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

• To significantly deepen your knowledge and understanding of Athenian politics, society and culture.

• To examine the link between democratic culture, warfare, and politics (broadly defined).

• To examine the makeup of Athenian society and how Athenians thought about themselves, resident aliens, and foreigners.

• To advance your knowledge and understanding of the topography, art and archaeology of Athens (in part via an optional three-day study tour to Athens).

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Athenian politics and culture by unpicking the various link(s) between key aspects of democratic culture (e.g. warfare, festival culture, Attic drama) and core issues of power and identity. Particular attention will be paid to the makeup of Athenian society and how Athenians thought about themselves both in relation to resident aliens (migrants, refugees, and other marginal groups) and foreigners. Your knowledge and understanding of the topography, art and archaeology of Athens will be greatly enhanced by detailed study of key monuments such as the Athenian Agora, Acropolis and the Kerameikos (knowledge which will be greatly enhanced by participation in the optional three-day study tour to Athens). Topics and issues to be discussed might include warfare, attitudes towards slaves, migrants, and foreigners, Athenian citizenship, the Epitaphios Logos/Funeral Oration, the Demes of Attica, State cults and festivals (Panathenaea, festivals to Dionysius), Tragedy and civic ideology, Oral tradition, Public writing, the defence of Attica (border forts), resistance to the democracy, the trial and execution of Socrates.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture142:0028:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading551:0055:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study541:0054:001/3 of guided independent study
Total200:00
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A90N/A
Oral Presentation102M10A presentation of approx. 10 minutes reporting on the investigation of a particular aspect of Athenian society or material cutlure
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen examination tests the students' acquisition of a clear and general and overall knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyze 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.

The presentation tests the students’ ability to engage in independent research and communicate effectively in oral form.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

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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