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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
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), Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013), Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008.
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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous assessment, comprising:
One Essay of 2500-3000 words (25%);
a Logbook of work for seminar participation (25%).
One 2-Hour degree examination (50%).

1st Semester-only Visiting Student (VV1) variant assessment:
Continuous assessment, comprising:
One Essay of 2500-3000 words (25%);
a Logbook of work for seminar participation (25%).
A 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%).

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No Exam Information
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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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.
KeywordsWomen Ancient Greece
Course organiserDr Stephanie Winder
Tel: (0131 6)50 3583
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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