Ancient World: Greek Philosophy (CLA2507)
|Staff||Dr Gabriele Galluzzo - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
- To explore key issues of ancient Greek philosophy, including the nature and origins of philosophy and the fundamental values of a human life.
- To analyse, evaluate and use ancient Greek philosophical texts by the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle – as well as modern scholarly discussions – as sources for understanding Greek philosophy.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate a broad and detailed knowledge of key features of Greek philosophy
- 2. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of some important Platonic and Aristotelian discussions of ethical ideas
- 3. Use the sources to examine and engage critically with a set of key issues and debates in Greek philosophy
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of both the historical and the philosophical issues raised by ancient philosophical texts
- 5. Develop advanced academic and library skills specific to Classics and Ancient History as well as a critical ability in assessing selected texts on Greek philosophy
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Demonstrate advanced independent study skills in research and presentation of findings
- 7. Select and organise relevant material and present a strong argument in coherent written form
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
- The start of Western philosophy, the Presocratics.
- Socrates, philosophical method, thought on the community and its values.
- Plato: his thought on human desires and aspiration, body and soul, humanity and immortality.
- Aristotle: on ethics, friendship, virtue, and happiness
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||22||Lectures (11 x 2 hours)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||4||Seminars (4 x 1 hour)|
|Guided Independent Study||124||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Text and problem analysis (in groups)||1 hour||1-4||Oral feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||60||2000 words||1-7||Mark and written comments|
|Gobbet test||40||1 hour||1-7||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Gobbet test||Gobbet test||1-7||Referral/Deferral period|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Core Set Texts:
- Plato, The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics).
- Plato, Symposium (Penguin Classics) Aristotle, Ethics (Penguin Classics).
- R. Waterfield, The First Philosophers: The Presocratics and the Sophists, translated with introduction and notes (Oxford World's Classics, 2000).
Other Recommended Reading:
- J. Annas, Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2000).
- C. Gill, Greek Thought. Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics (Oxford University Press, 1995).
- M.L.Gill, P.Pellegrni (eds.), A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
- D. Sedley, Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
- R. Wardy, Doing Greek Philosophy (Routledge, 2005).
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Classics, Greek, Philosophy, ethics