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Unit information: Historical Survey: Ancient Greece in 2021/22

Unit name Historical Survey: Ancient Greece
Unit code CLAS10035
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Knippschild
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will provide a survey of Ancient Greek History, from the Bronze Age (3000 BC) to Roman Greece (AD 200). It will focus on broad questions of change and identity by reviewing Greek political and cultural practices from the Aegean to the Peloponnese, from Asia Minor to Sicily. Students will also reflect on different modes of interaction between city-states, from island trade to conquest and imperialism. The unit will introduce students to the fundamental skills of researching ancient history, and of building up a body of knowledge about different historical periods.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with, and be able to access, discipline-specific resources such as encyclopaedias and historical reference works;
  2. synthesise material from reference works in order to explain historically specific information;
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the range and diversity of political and cultural practices which comprise Ancient Greek History;
  4. discuss how the range and diversity of political and cultural practices over space and time impact on their understanding of change and identity.
  5. exhibit appropriate methods of oral and written academic expression, of a standard appropriate to level C.

Teaching Information

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, long- and short-form lectures, and discussion. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis. Feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessments, and this will be supported by meetings with tutors.

Assessment Information

1,500 word essay (100%). [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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