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Undergraduate Course: Popular Culture in the Ancient World (CLGE10007)

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) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines, critically, the concept of popular culture in the ancient world, asking was there a distinctively popular culture, and if so, how can we, as modern scholars, access it? This course will enable students to study ancient history at an advanced level by requiring them to engage with both the ?primary sources?, artefacts of ancient literary and material culture, and with specialised, comparative and theoretical ?secondary material?. It will encourage students to reflect on their own experience and that of our culture and bring insights from other historical periods and scholarly methodologies to their study of the past. While setting out to improve student knowledge and understanding of ancient culture and society more specifically this course aims to develop student skills in approaching the ancient world. In this course students will learn how to use (and assess the value of the use of) comparative, theoretical and methodological literature in their study of the past, an area in which ancient historians have often been weak.
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 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) or at course organiser's discretion.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
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) One Assignment (25%);
One Group Exercise (25%);
One end-of-year two-hour degree examination (50%).

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
One Assignment (25%);
One Group Exercise (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%).

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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
? demonstrate in written exercises, websites and examinations a reasoned understanding of the nature of popular culture in Antiquity and the academic issues arising from its study
? produce well-argued, well-documented, and properly referenced written and online coursework on given areas of popular culture in antiquity
? demonstrate in oral discussion and written work an ability to use critically, and to evaluate, a wide range of different ancient sources, scholarly methodologies and approaches

Transferable skills

Students will be able to demonstrate an ability:
? to gather material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent data set, in varying media, including websites;
? to evaluate different approaches to and explanations of material, and make critical choices between them
? to express clearly ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing
? to organise complex and lengthy sets of arguments and draw these together into a coherent conclusion
? to produce a website of scholarly quality
? to organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable
? work together in groups to produce a finished piece of work
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Lucy Grig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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