Undergraduate Course: The Body in the Ancient World (ANHI10015)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines ideas of the body in terms of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in the major civilizations of the ancient world, including Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome. Students will be required to engage with the methodology of gender studies and cultural studies in order to estimate the importance of the body in the literary and material cultures, as well as the ideologies, of the ancient world. Themes to be examined include ancient perceptions of masculinity, femininity, 'otherness', artistic imagery, and ethnicity as well as detailed examinations of medicine, social space, gymnastics, dance, dress, and nudity. More specific studies will examine ideas of specific body parts: eyes, hands, hair, feet, genitalis, etc., as well as themes of non-verbal communication: blushing, veiling, weeping, etc.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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| After successful completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate in written examination, course work and class discussion:
- an understanding of the complexity of a diverse body of evidence;
- an understanding of gender theory, cultural theory and their importance for the historian;
- an understanding of diverse ancient social structures and their interrelatedness with the source material under investigation;
- the ability to use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to this diverse body of source material, including both literary and material evidence;
- familiarity with real artefacts (in a museum context);
- bibliographical research skills to enable students to find independently additional information relating to the study of ancient conceptions of gender, race and the body.
- ability to deal independently with a highly complex body of material;
- ability to develop lateral thinking and to view things in a wider perspective;
- analytical skills;
- team work skills;
- ability to concentrate on important aspects, and to make use of these in a meaningful way;
- ability to communicate one's own findings and opinions clearly and lucidly;
- oral presentation skills;
- written communication skills.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Keywords||Ancient social history
|Course organiser||Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3585
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582