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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Byzantine Text Seminar 2 (PGHC11432)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course offers the study of Byzantine literature through detailed study of a single text or a corpus of texts in the original Greek. The course will cover issues of translation; textual criticism and textual transmission including manuscript studies; literary mimesis and intertextuality; dating and authorship; genre and historical context.
Course description The Byzantine Text Seminar focuses on a single text, or corpus of texts, from the Byzantine millennium in a multi-disciplinary fashion: texts will be examined from the point of view of textual and historical elucidation, and textual and literary criticism. The authors and genres to be studied will vary from term to term. Participants are given exposure to sources in the original as well as relevant secondary literature, become familiarised with the appropriate critical approaches to the genre in question, and will gain experience of working with Byzantine sources of different genres and from different periods of Byzantine history competently and independently. They will be able to apply these skills in their own future work on Byzantine literature and/or history.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay - 100%
The course will be normally be assessed by means of one essay in the range of c. 4000 words, though some variation will be permitted (for example, students might write a commentary on part of the text of equivalent length to the essay; work on a manuscript might take the form of a report, collation and discussion instead of an essay of equivalent length), pending on the specific course content.
Feedback Students can expect written feedback and individual consultation on their work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in course work and seminar discussion knowledge and understanding of the text(s) studied, in its/their literary and historical context
  2. Demonstrate in course work and seminar discussion understanding of a variety of critical approaches to medieval Greek texts, and how those approaches interact
  3. Demonstrate in course work and seminar discussion enhanced ability in expressing opinions on medieval Greek literature, and in understanding and engaging with the opinions of others.
Reading List
There is no fixed reading list as the course content i.e. the studied text/s will change with each outing of the course. Course supervisors will determine the set text or texts before each course outing, as well as the relevant specific secondary course bibliography.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Niels Gaul
Tel: (0131 6)50 3776
Course secretaryMiss Danielle Jeffrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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