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Undergraduate Course: Examining Classics: past, present and future (CLGE10013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks critically at 'Classics', past and present, looking at the history of the subject, investigating its diverse disciplines and traditions. It also examines some of the key questions related to the subject and its entanglement in broader histories and debates, including questions of race, imperialism and sexuality. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own interests within the course and to develop a critical awareness of the role of Classics and for themselves as students of the discipline.
Course description This course will provide students with an enhanced understanding of the history of the discipline of Classics and its broader role within the humanities and beyond. The teaching to meet this end will be a mixture of informal lectures, seminars and student-led sessions. Teaching from staff from across Classics will introduce important aspects in the history of Classics and its disciplines and the while further sessions will allow students to probe individual themes and case studies in more detail. Student-led sessions will allow for the presentation and discussion of individual interests. Students will develop their skills in critical reading and in the framing of key questions and debates, as well as formulating their own responses to these key questions and debates through using different types of writing (book review, blog post and essay/project)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have received a pass in any two 2nd year courses in Classics.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 of which should be in Classical Art and Archaeology) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of Classics, locally and globally
  2. Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship and debates about Classics
  3. Show an ability to engage in detailed discussion of the key questions related to the history, present and future of Classics
  4. Engage with scholarly, and wider, arguments, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence in response
  5. Consider the implications of the knowledge gained in the course for understanding the broader role of Classics both within the humanities and beyond.
Reading List
Bernal, M. (1987) Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization.

Greenwood, E. "Subaltern Classics in Anti- and Post-Colonial Literatures in English", in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 5: 1880-2000, ed. Kenneth Haynes. Oxford University Press: 576-607 2019

Hall, E. and Stead, H. (2020) A People's History of Classics: Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939.

Hanink, J. (2017) The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Age of Austerity. 2017.

Harloe, K. (2013) Winckelmann and the Invention of Antiquity: History and Aesthetics in the Age of Altertumswissenschaft. 2013.

McCoskey, D.E. (2017) Race: Antiquity and Its Legacy. Ancients and Moderns. 2012. Post Classicisms Collective (2020) Postclassicisms.

Reynolds, L.D. and Wilson, N.G. (2013) Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature. Fourth Edition.

Silk, M., Gildenhard, I., Barrow, R. (2014) The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought.

Zuckerberg, D. (2018) Not all Dead White Men; Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age. 2018. Pfeiffer, R. (1968) History of Classical Scholarship: From the Beginnings to the End of the Hellenistic Age.

von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, U. History of classical scholarship/ translated from the German by Alan Harris; edited with introduction and notes by Hugh Lloyd-Jones, London 1982.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical skills in reading and debate through engagement with alternative approaches and idea
Ability to read and analyse complex arguments
Ability to formulate an argument in written and oral form
Ability to listen carefully and counter arguments with arguments
Independent thinking and planning through self-directed coursework
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Lucy Grig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
Course secretaryMr George Bottrell-Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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