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Unit information: Greek Colonisation in 2015/16

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Unit name Greek Colonisation
Unit code ARCHM0069
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hodos
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit considers the life and activities of the Greeks outside their homeland between 800 and 336 BCE. It takes a thematic approach, using historical and archaeological evidence to contribute to out understanding of the activities of the Greeks living outside of Greece. Throughout the unit, comparisons will be made between practises abroad and traditions in the homeland in order to determine what it meant to be a Greek resident in an overseas settlement. Students will have sites as individual case studies and will be expected to participate in weekly thematic discussions.

Aims

• To introduce students to the key issues within the field of Greek colonisation

• To develop a detailed understanding of the political, social and cultural differences between the Greek mainland and Greek settlements abroad

• To encourage students to develop a critical and evaluative understanding of the relevant archaeological and literary sources and their interpretations

• To encourage enhanced oral and written skills

• To develop and enhance the skills of synthesis of a wide body of material and application to an individual case study

• To foster time-management skills

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to:

1) Discuss in detail the key issues within the field of Greek colonisation

2) Present an extensive, detailed view of the political, social and cultural differences between the Greek mainland and Greek settlements abroad

3) Analyse and evaluate critically the relevant archaeological and literary sources and their interpretations

4) Utilise enhanced oral, written, synthesis and time-management skills

Teaching Information

  • One 2-hr session each week that incorporates weekly discussion and formative (unassessed) informal presentation by every student.
  • This unit uses a case study approach in which every student has a colony that they research intensively over the unit. Every week, in addition to having done the primary reading pertaining to the theme of the week, students are also expected to have researched that theme with specific regard to their own colonies and to contribute that research to the class through active presentation and group discussion.
  • There will also be three 1-hour MA only seminar discussion classes.

Assessment Information

2750-word report (40% - ILOs 1-4)

Site portfolio on case-study site (60% - ILOs 2-4). The portfolio will include a brief write-up of each week's theme as it relates to their case-study colony, and will include supporting visual evidence (plans, material culture images, etc.).

In addition, there is a weekly formative 10-minute presentation (unassessed; develops ILO 4).

Reading and References

Boardman, J. 1999. The Greeks Overseas. London: Thames and Hudson.

Tsetskhladze, G .R and de Angelis, F., eds. 2003. The Archaeology of Greek Colonisation. Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology.

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