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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Ancient History

Undergraduate Course: Women in the Ancient Greek World (ANHI10038)

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 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAncient History Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will explore the male construction of the gendered image in Greek art and literature and place the findings alongside evidence for women's daily life and experiences. Themes for exploration will include:

Gender theory and the study of ancient women;
Goddesses of the Greek pantheon;
The construction of Homeric womanhood;
Women in Athenian tragedy and comedy;
Religion (priestesses, ritual);
Women in sculpture and vase painting;
Barbarian women: mythic and real;
Childbirth and health;
Courtesans and prostitutes;
Women, property and legal rights;
Marriage (wedding rituals etc);
Women and eroticism;
Women and the Spartan Mirage;
Clothing, veiling, and non-verbal communication;
Chastity and Sex;
Housing and domestic space;
Hellenistic queenship.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students MUST have passed 2 of the following 2nd year Classics courses: Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014 or ANHI08007), Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013), Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008),Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010)
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course the student will be able, through written examination, coursework and seminar participation (demonstrated through the keeping of a course logbook), show:

- an understanding of the varied complexity of the large body of evidence for women in the Greek world in both a literary and a material context;
- an understanding of how the study of gender has advanced and become mainstream in recent scholarship;
- an understanding of the history of women and its importance for the political, social and cultural historian, as well as the theoretical implications for the study of ancient concepts of gender;
- an ability to use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to this body of material gained from a thorough interaction with scholarship and primary materials;
- a familiarity with real artefacts in a museum context;
- bibliographical research skills to enable students to find independently additional information relating to the study of women in the Greek world.

Students will also demonstrate the following transferable skills:

- written skills and oral communication skills;
- presentation skills;
- analytical skills;
- ability to recognise and focus on important aspects of a wide-ranging subject and to select specific examples;
- ability to produce a concise summary of a complex body of work.
Assessment Information
Continuous assessment, comprising:
One Essay of 2500-3000 words (25%);
a Logbook of work for seminar participation (25%).

One 2-Hour degree examination (50%).

Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Continuous assessment, comprising:
One Essay of 2500-3000 words (25%);
a Logbook of work for seminar participation (25%).
Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination, to take place in Week 12 (see the current course handbook for further details) (50%).

Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Stephanie Winder
Tel: (0131 6)50 3583
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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