Impact of Greek Culture (CLA3256)
|Staff||Dr Daniel King - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
This module has two aims. Firstly, it intends to critically engage with the question of interaction between Greek and non-Greek cultures in the ancient world. To do this, it will look at the phenomenon from a cultural-historical perspective, exploring the forms, strategies, contexts of interaction between Greek and non-Greek cultures, and the way this reaction was represented by different participants. Secondly, it aims to critically assess the concept of Greek ‘impact’ on other cultures. Should we understand cultural interaction as ‘impact’? Are our questions and critical frameworks appropriate? Do tell us more about Greek culture’s significance in our world, than allow us to effectively understand an ancient historical phenomenon?
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Engage critically with concepts such as philhellenism hellenisation and multiculturalism
- 2. Appreciate the particular social and political context surrounding the cultural interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks, especially Romans.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Approach a broad theme from different angles, drawing the pertinent connections
- 4. Show familiarity and confidence in obtaining and using suitable information sources
- 5. Demonstrate critical engagement with a range of primary and secondary literature.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Employ critical reasoning and independent thought; demonstrate ability to construct clear and coherent arguments from complex data and communicate those arguments in oral and written form.
- 7. Develop your interpersonal and team working skills through study groups and peer interaction
The module develops two primary strands of enquiry. It will begin by outlining some of the critical concepts which impact on how (and why) we are interested in the Impact of Greek Culture: these will include self-reflexive questions about the relationship between politics, modern identity and the notion of Greek culture in the west and in the academy; ‘Cultural Hybridity’, ‘multiculturalism’, and ‘Hellenisation’, ‘Reception Theory’. These concepts will be critically examined within a number of case-studies of cultural interaction within the ancient world. These case-studies will include the library at Alexandria and Ptolemaic Alexandria; Jewish literature of the Hellenistic period; Roman literature of the last century BC; and Greek Imperial culture.
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 activities||22||Seminars (1 x 2 hours per week)|
|Guided independent study||128||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation / discussion||10 -20 minutes||1-5||Oral comment; peer comment|
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|
|Research essay||80||4000 words||1-7||Mark with written feedback|
|Oral presentation||10||1 x 10 minutes||1-7||Mark with written feedback|
|Various research exercises||10||Take home (in first weeks of term)||1-5||Mark with written feedback|
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|
|Research essay||Research essay||1-7||Ref/def period|
|Research exercises||Research exercises||1-7||Ref/def period|
|Oral presentation||Written transcript of the presentation that would have been given, along with the handout||1-7||Ref/def period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Erskine, A. (ed.) (2003) A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell).
Kuhrt, A. & Sherwin-White, S. (eds.) (1987) Hellenism in the East (Berkeley).
Kuhrt, A. & Sherwin-White, S. (eds.) (1993) From Samarkhand to Sardis (Berkeley).
Whitmarsh, T. & Thomson, S (eds.) (2013) The Romance Between Greece and the East (CUP).
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