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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2380 The Greek World 478-338 BC; Political and Intellectual Developments

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Mr IS Moxon
Email: i.s.moxon@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module looks at the series of hegemonies over their fellow Greeks exercised successively by Athens, Sparta, again Athens, and finally Thebes, with Achaemenid Persia, the major power at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, constituting all the while motivation for the Greeks' aspirations to dominance of each other.

Objectives

On completion of this module students will be able to:
- be discriminating about the character and use of a wide range of types of evidence, literary and documentary material for the history of classical Greece;
- appreciate the fact of and the extent of the divergence between the structures of and public aspirations of successive governments and the private concerns of individual citizens in the Greek world;
- acknowledge the boundaries of the possibility of knowledge about the history of the period 478-338 BC.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

A co-ordinating theme is the series of hegemonies over their fellow Greeks exercised successively by Athens, Sparta, again Athens, and finally Thebes, with Persia constituting all the while motivation for the Greeks' aspirations to dominance of each other. The states of Greece, whether subordinated or autonomous, manifested a wide range of political complexion. Contemporaries, free to pursue their enquiries in various fields, have left a rich legacy of historical, philosophical, scientific and mathematical thought, of oratorical composition, and of dramatic literature. The surviving works of these contemporaries will be used in conjunction with documentary material to investigate the politics and thought of the period.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered by 12 noon Friday of teaching week 730.00
Online AssessmentVLE exercise10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2009

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