Module Catalogue 2019/20

HIS2240 : Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Burke
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Jackson, Dr Joseph Skinner, Professor Sam Turner, Dr Nicola Clarke, Dr Vicky Manolopoulou, Dr Simon Corcoran
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The module will adopt a longue duree approach to the study of Greece. Beginning in the Archaic era, it will encompass Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern periods. Each of the contributors will explore a specific theme from the perspective of their own academic discipline whether that is ancient, modern or ottoman bringing along the discipline’s concerns and historiography. Focusing on specific themes will allow us to make comparisons over time and to understand how changes can be radical at times but also in some respects how little societies may change over time. The module aims:

•       To encourage the students to examine Greek History from a variety of different perspectives.
•       To encourage students to think about history in the longue durée and in an interdisciplinary way
•       To encourage students to think comparatively and to draw parallels, connections and contrasts between Ancient, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greece.
•       To question some of our societal understandings of important concepts such as that of identity
•       To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it and to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following.

The syllabus is developed around a number of themes including Identity, Migrations, Religious beliefs, Law and gender, Landscape and architecture, and The past in the present, that is how the glorious ancient past is ‘used’ today in Greek society, culture and politics.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

You will learn about some of the most significant aspects of Greek society from ancient times to today. These include Identity, Migrations, Religious beliefs, Law and gender, Landscape and architecture, and how the glorious ancient past is ‘used’ today in Greek society, culture and politics.

The module – though it may seem narrowly focused on Greece – will help you understand how recent our thinking of national boundaries and nationalities is; how much more fluid the concept of identity has been in the past in comparison to our current understanding; how much more mobile people had been in the past; how religious tolerance was present in the past.

Moreover, you will gain:
•       An in-depth knowledge of key ideas related to the History of Ancient, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greece
•       Knowledge and understanding of the key historiographical debates concerning Ancient, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greece.
•       A critical understanding of the considerable effects of the past and its extensive use in shaping Modern Greece and the present.
•       A critical understanding of the experiences of the field course location in the context of wider debates
•       You will gain knowledge and understanding of what is interdisciplinarity.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Development of the ability to formulate and answer historical questions.

Development of capacity for independent study and critical judgement and of the ability to respond promptly, cogently and clearly to new and unexpected questions arising from this study.

Development of the understanding and use of interdisciplinarity.

Development of the ability to utilise and synthesise diverse methodologies and approaches originating in a number of different academic disciplines.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:001/3 guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading551:0055:001/3 guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study541:0054:001/3 guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire. They also stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
Seminars provide students with an opportunity to participate in discussion and thus to improve their oral communication skills.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25a 1,500 word doc commentary
Essay2A753000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject as well as the ability to develop an appropriate topic, gather and synthesize information relevant to that topic, and express complex ideas clearly in written form using appropriate scholarly apparatus. All submitted work will test intended knowledge and skills outcomes and develops key skills in research, reading and writing.


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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.