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Undergraduate Course: Athens in the Age of Pericles (LLLE07034)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe age of Pericles (c. 460 BC to 400 BC) was a formative period in European history. This course looks at the remarkable developments of the period, political and cultural, including the emergence of democracy, the growth of literature and education, and the construction of significant buildings. The course will place these developments in the broader historical context of society at the time.
Course description 1. Introduction and overview of Athenian society after the Persian Wars (c.480 BC)
2. The Acropolis and Athenian Imperialism
3. The Agora and the development of democracy
4. Educational and intellectual developments
5. Greek drama in its social and political context part 1
6. Greek drama in its social and political context part 2
7. The Athenian empire and the economy
8. Slaves and women
9. Athenian religion
10. Athenian social values
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

an ability to assess critically the key political and cultural developments of the time, including the development of democracy, the flourishing of historical and philosophical writing and drama, and the construction on the Acropolis;
an ability to engage with a range of primary sources, and to analyse them in a balanced way;
an ability to engage with secondary sources to help form opinions on developments of the time;
an ability to present a cogent argument both orally during class discussion, and in written form in the essay.
Reading List
Essential:

Davies, J. K, 1993. Democracy and Classical Greece, 2nd ed. London: Fontana.
J. A. C. T (Joint Association of Classical Teachers). 1984. The World of Athens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Recommended:

Bury, J. B., & Meiggs, R., 1975. A History of Greece. (Chapters 8-11) 4th edition. London: Macmillan.

Meier, C., 1999. Athens: a Portrait of a City in its Golden Age. London: John Murray.

Samons II, L.J., ed. 2007. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles. Cambridge: CUP.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking.
Handling and analysis of sources.
Oral discussion.
Special Arrangements N/A
Study Abroad N/A
Additional Class Delivery Information 1x2-hr class per week. Lecture and discussion.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Tel:
Email: Sally.Crumplin@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary
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