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Module

CAC2037 : The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

"An honourable man", a rebel with a cause, human sacrifice and a dutiful daughter... Greek literature has supplied themes and personalities which have inspired artists of all kinds throughout the history of Western culture. Combining detailed analysis of individual works with the study of overall themes and issues, this module aims to explore the impact Greek literature has had on Western literature, music and art. Central texts include Plutarch's Lives & Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, works inspired by Sophocles' *Antigone*. Themes studied include questions of transformation and adaptation - crossing genres, crossing cultures - and questions of classical subjects harnessed to modern causes and ideas. Aspects of Dr. Phillippo’s own research - some of it in progress - feed into the module. The principal texts will be supplemented by material from other genres and media: poetry, opera and the visual arts. All non-English works to be studied in translation.

This module aims:
•To promote understanding of and insight into questions of cross-cultural inspiration and adaptation raised by the 'reception' of Greek literature in the Western cultural tradition.
•To develop skills in critical analysis, applied to the relationship between a work of literature and its literary source;
•To develop flexibility in applying skills of literary analysis in different contexts, extending these particularly to texts and other artistic works from outwith the classical world.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module explores the impact Greek literature has had on Western literature, music and art, combining detailed analysis of individual works* with the study of overall themes and issues.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:303:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials251:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion701:0070:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:0020% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities161:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study381:0038:0030% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk91:009:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAC3037The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Module talks and lecture materials are designed to:

- introduce students to the overall approaches and techniques involved in studying the Classical tradition;
- introduce students to the background of the various texts (etc.) studied and to illustrate the application to details of the texts of overall issues both regarding the texts themselves and regarding the themes of the module
- provide guidance on preparing for the assessments.

Groupwork and discussion within module talks, small group sessions and workshops are designed to:

- give students the chance to enhance their understanding of the ideas and approaches presented, by applying these for themselves to illustrative excerpts of texts (etc.);

- develop students' skills of interpersonal communication

Small group sessions and workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to apply in depth, with advance preparation, the ideas and approaches encountered in lectures, to aspects of the central set texts studied; to lay the foundation for material which they may include in the submitted assignment; and to develop their skills of oral and interpersonal communication.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A5036 hour 'take-home' paper (2 questions with a total 2,500 word count limit)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CAC3037The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A502,500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1Mpresentation of one sample element for Sem. 1 assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The take-home examination requires students to correlate and compare detailed material from pairs of comparative texts (or other creative works influenced by specific texts and aspects of the classical world). The open book format tests the students' skills of working within a restricted time-frame to a specific tight brief, while allowing students to consult the range of primary material necessary for a strong detailed analysis.

Assignment:
The assignment tests students' ability to apply skills (of literary and visual analysis) and concepts learned in the first half of the module, and skills of initiative and communication.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure
coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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