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Unit information: The Passions in 2021/22

Unit name The Passions
Unit code CLAS30035
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lampe
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

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

Description including Unit Aims

How do we make sense of human feelings and their relation to human personalities and the more-than-human inner and outer world? In this unit we will study various theorists and fictional works that turn to mythology in order to answer these questions. The core intuition here is that the soul is mythical, or else myths are psychological. We’ll explore that intuition with a range of authors and artists from different media, who might include Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Euripides, Aeschylus, Melanie Klein, Neil Gaiman (and the illustrators working with him), or the band Heilung.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, successful students will:

1) be able to explain and apply a range of ancient and modern theories of the nature of the passions;

2) be able to explain and apply a range of theories about the therapy and cultivation of the passions;

3) be able to use the understanding gained in (1) and (2) in order to enjoy and interpret with greater sophistication works from a variety of genres, such as ancient Greek tragedy, ancient philosophy, modern graphic novels, and modern cinema;

4) have had the opportunity to develop their ability in research and formal writing, to a standard appropriate to level H/6.

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.

Assessment Information

Summative Assessments:

Timed assessment (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Resources

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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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