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Module

CAC1014 : Tragedy, Comedy, History: The World of Greek Literature

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Athanassios Vergados
  • Lecturer: Dr Anke Walter, Dr David Creese
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:
1.To introduce students to key authors/genres and the literary culture of Ancient Greece.
2. To train students in essential skills of literary analysis, and develop flexibility in the application of these skills to the details of a range of texts.
3. To introduce students to certain key issues of Ancient Greek society which are reflected in Greek literature.
4. To equip students to understand some of the connections between Greek literature and its social/cultural context.

Outline Of Syllabus

Greek literature is said to be the cornerstone of Western culture: it has been interpreted, adapted, even twisted to fit as many different contexts. But what was its original context? What sort of people were they, with what expectations and what preoccupations, who originally composed, heard, watched or (more rarely) read the masterpieces of Greek literature?

This module sets out to explore the world to which Greek literature originally belonged, a world where ‘high literature’ wasn't just the province of an intellectual élite; and to investigate, through a cross-section of works, the connections between the Greeks’ literature and what we can surmise about their way of life. There may also be the opportunity to consider the impact Greek literature has had when it has travelled beyond its own culture and influenced readers and writers of other times and places.


All texts are studied in translation. No previous knowledge of the Ancient World is required.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00In presence. If teaching moves online, these will be synchronous lectures via zoom.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion861:0086:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading691:0069:00Engagement with lecture-related materials (e.g. module reading list).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars (discussion/analysis of select materials)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities121:0012:00Two hours preparation for each seminar.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00In presence. If teaching moves online, these will be held synchronously via zoom.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00In presence. If teaching moves online, these will be held synchronously on zoom.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures introduce students to important issues concerning ancient Greek literature and its social/cultural context, as well as the methodologies used when interpreting them and important scholarly discussions. They further hone students' listening and note-taking skills.

Seminars will be discussion-focused and will allow students to practise the skills/methodologies demonstrated in lectures by zooming in on select excerpts from Greek literary texts and/or pieces of secondary literature.

Workshops are geared towards assessment preparation: workshop 1 will address the question "How to research and write an essay?"; workshop 2 will introduce students to the process of identifying, and critically engaging with, secondary literature.

Drop-in/surgeries are likewise assessment oriented and will allow students to ask questions on the essay and the exam.


If the covid-related guidance at the time requires for teaching to move on-line, we will retain these timetabled slots as synchronous zoom lectures/discussions/workshops/surgeries.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A6024-hr take home exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401,500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MShort reflective exercises on the VLE in connection to workshops leading up to the assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination (24hr-take-home) assesses students' factual knowledge, their understanding of methodologies required in interpreting Greek literary texts and inscribing them into their cultural context, and their problem-solving skills.

The essay assesses students' ability to interpret ancient literary texts, engage with relevant secondary literature, as well as their written communication skills.

All assessed work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

The formative assessment is conceived as preparatory work for the two workshops and is intended to reinforce the methodologies required in order to succeed in the assessments.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable