Applied Classics (CLA3123)
|Staff||Dr Mathura Umachandran - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
- To provide new insights into the study of the ancient world and the interventions it can make in modern challenges and controversies
- To reflect deeply and critically on the process of finding solutions to modern-day problems through the classical past
- To understand how and to what ends classical antiquity remains relevant today and explore how to communicate the value of the arts and humanities more broadly
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Describe and critically analyse past uses and abuses of ancient material and models
- 2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how the classical past can be used to articulate and negotiate modern issues, including the ethical implications of such uses
- 3. Critically evaluate different methodologies for applying the classical past to contemporary challenges
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills which can be applied to a wider range of material and models from both ancient and modern contexts
- 5. Demonstrate an understanding of historical and cultural differences, and an ability to interpret the ideas and assumptions of unfamiliar societies, including an awareness of ones own assumptions and values
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Demonstrate the ability to work with peers to co-create a syllabus and, with guidance, to co-direct your own learning
- 7. Demonstrate skills in independent research and the development of research questions, including the ability to select appropriate methods and select and organise relevant material
- 8. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively a strong and coherent argument in a style appropriate to your chosen format
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
The syllabus will be co-created with students from the beginning of the module and will be responsive to the ever-changing concerns of the contemporary context. After some initial guided reflection on the public value of the arts and humanities, each week’s workshop will have a different thematic focus. Topics might include:
- Conflict resolution
- Education and accessibility
- Race and ethnicity
- Migration and immigration
- Sexuality and gender
- The environment and climate change
- Health and wellbeing
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||22||1 x 2 hour workshop per week|
|Guided independent study||128||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Close study of key primary material and relevant scholarship in class, with broader discussions of issues||Ongoing||1-6||Oral feedback from peers and lecturer|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Annotated bibliography||25||1500 words||1-8||Mark and written feedback|
|Essay OR presentation OR blog posts||75||3000 word essay OR 30 minute presentation OR 2 x 750 word blog posts||1-8||Mark and written feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Annotated bibliography||Annotated bibliography||1-8||Referral/deferral period|
|Essay OR presentation OR blog posts||Essay OR presentation OR blog posts||1-8||Referral/deferral period|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Bate, J. (2011) The Value and Contribution of the Arts and Humanities. London: Bloomsbury.
- Butler, S., ed. (2016) Deep Classics: Rethinking Classical Reception. London: Bloomsbury.
- Hall, E. and H. Stead (2020) A People’s History of Classics: Class and Greco-Roman Antiquity in Britain and Ireland 1689 to 1939. London: Routledge.
- Hardwick, L. and S. Harrison, eds. (2013) Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn. Oxford: OUP.
- Morley, N. (2018) Classics. Why it Matters. London: Polity.
- Porter, J. (2005) ‘What is 'Classical' About Classical Antiquity?’ Arion vol. 13, no. 1: 27-61.
- Rankine, P. (2019) ‘The Classics, Race, and Community-Engaged or Public Scholarship.’ American Journal of Philology, vol. 140 no. 2: 345-359.
- Rood, T., C. Atack and T. Phillips, eds. (2020) Anachronism and Antiquity. London: Bloomsbury.
- Zuckerberg, D. (2018) Not all Dead White Men. Harvard: Harvard University Press.
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
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Key words search
Classics, reception, contemporary debates, social justice