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Undergraduate Course: Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAncient History Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is an introduction to different, important approaches (Theories e.g. Comparative History, Economic Modelling, Literary Criticism, etc.) to a range of significant aspects of ancient life (Themes e.g. Sexuality, Democracy, Religion, Childhood, Economy, Slavery, Warfare, etc.). I.e. the course will focus on how crucial facets of ancient life can be studied today and how they have been approached in the past.

This is a problem-based course, designed to introduce students to key models and theories used in the study of ancient history, as well as to (the evidence for) major staples of ancient life. In practice, the teaching programme will focus on three themes each year; the selection of themes to be studied in any one year depends on the research expertise of staff teaching the course so as to allow maximum scope for cutting-edge teaching based on new research undertaken by staff at Edinburgh. These key themes will act as case studies for the exploration of important interpretive models and theories used in the study of ancient history, as well as for an exploration of ancient approaches to the studied themes, therewith challenging students to consider the historical and historiographical debt of modern approaches to the ancient world.

Students will be required to consider, alongside a range of methodologies, as wide a range of source material as possible, including archaeological artefacts, literary texts, inscriptional evidence, legal writings, etc.
This course builds upon the first year survey courses in Classics, and expands on the skills gained in Ancient History 2a, with the intention of deepening students' understanding of ancient history as well as their understanding of how history is written.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: The Greek World 1A: Greece in the Making (CLGE08001) OR The Greek World 1B: Greece's New Horizons (CLGE08002) OR The Roman World 1A: The Rise of Rome (CLGE08003) OR The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire (CLGE08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students who complete the course successfully will have demonstrated in written coursework and a written degree examination knowledge and understanding of:

- a number of key themes in ancient history
- different ancient approaches to crucial aspects of ancient life
- different approaches taken by modern historians of the ancient world
- a range of different types of evidence used by the historian of the ancient world
- the existence and application of various theories and models in approaching the ancient world
- the formal conventions of the scholarly debate.
Assessment Information
The assessment is split in the following way:

60% degree examination (2-hour)
40% coursework (2,500 words)

Tutorial work is monitored via a tutorial log-book: students are required to demonstrate due preparation and active engagement with the tutorial topics in 75% of all tutorials. This is normally done by the tutor signing off the student's tutorial log-sheet at the end of each tutorial, and the course organiser checking over each student's log-sheet at the end of the course. If a student were prevented from attending the required number of tutorials, they could still demonstrate due preparation and active engagement with the tutorial topics by providing the course organiser with their log-book entries for the tutorial work.
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Students will also demonstrate a number of transferable skills, such as

- reading skills
- written and verbal communication skills
- analytical skills
- oral presentation and discussion skills
- an ability to deal independently with a wide-ranging body of information and to summarise that information
- an ability to understand the standard modern conventions concerning the presentation of scholarly work
- an ability to maintain complex information over a sustained period of time and to access this information as and when necessary.
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAncient History 2B
Course organiserDr Ulrike Roth
Tel: (0131 6)50 3586
Course secretaryMs Amanda Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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