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Unit information: Theories and Approaches in 2015/16

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Unit name Theories and Approaches
Unit code CLASM0040
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Liveley
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit is designed to familiarise students with a wide range of theoretical perspectives relating to the study of ancient culture and its reception. This will enable them to situate their reading of secondary works within an appropriate intellectual context, and will thus facilitate their critical approach to other scholars. It will also enable them to reflect upon and to mobilise their own interpretations of ancient culture and its reception in their research.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will understand a range of theoretical perspectives and will be able to comment on their inter-relation, the history of their development and their relevance to different areas of the study of antiquity and its reception.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

1 5000 essay

Reading and References

Modern Literary Theory and Ancient Texts: An Introduction by Thomas Schmitz