Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code CLAH856
Coordinator Dr G Petridou
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Additional Programme Information



To engage with key concepts and controversies in the contemporary study of Classical antiquity through specialist scholarship;

To provide an introduction to the wide stream of intellectual debate and to a range of topic, theoretical and methodological approaches in the field of Classics and Ancient History, within the context of current research at Liverpool;

To prepare students for examining concepts and controversies and identifying and adopting appropriate approaches in their dissertation research in an independent and sophisticated fashion.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To understand with a range of concepts and controversies at the heart of contemporary research into Classics and Ancient History as encountered in specialist scholarship and to recognize their utility for advanced study

(LO2) To be familiar with a range of topical, theoretical and methodological approaches and appreciate how and when they might be deployed strategically to analyse ancient written, visual, and archaeological material and to interpret Classical antiquity

(LO3) To identify core issues and approaches relevant to a dissertation research topic and to assess the applicability of concepts, theories, and methods when planning that research with some sophistication

(S1) Critical thinking: advanced evaluation and reasoning in the analysis and deployment of specialist scholarship to develop logical perspectives and sophisticated arguments

(S2) Communication: adopting appropriate strategies and language for the presentation of complex ideas in verbal and written forms for different audiences and purposes, with the aid of information and communications technologies

(S3) Research planning: the identification of a research problem, the identification and evaluation of resources and of strategies for its interrogation, and the setting of an agenda and an approach to bring the problem to solution.

(S4) Independence: readiness for independent learning, including an ability to identify relevant resources and pursue effective strategies in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students prepare for each seminar by reading a wide selection of recommended scholarship, working with other students in small groups to review and present key items, and they actively contribute to classroom discussion.

Students meet with their dissertation supervisor to identify key concepts and controversies and build a robust topical, theoretical and methodological approach in relation to their dissertation project
Students must arrange to meet with their supervisor over the course of the semester, and conduct preparatory and follow-up research

Virtual symposium:
Students will watch each other’s dissertation presentation and ask and answer questions during a virtual symposium hosted on-line (via the Discussion board). This is an opportunity to receive feedback from peers on both the content, style and effectiveness of the presentation.



Topics may be drawn from the following, depending on staff availability:

What is ‘Hellenistic’ about Hellenistic art and poetry?

Ancient economies and modern theories;

Migration or displacement? Grappling with movement in the ancient world;

Ancient religions: narratives, structures and experiences;

‘Making silence speak’: Women in antiquity;

‘Class struggle’ in the ancient world?

Individuals and communities: Networks in antiquity;

Rational and irrational medicine: biomedical knowledge in antiquity;

Roman politics: Republican democracy / Imperial oligarchy?

The Greek polis: Theory and practice;

Empires and imperialism;

Approaching the past: micro vs macro histories;

Approaching the past: literature as history / history as literature;

Narrating lives: Exemplarity and biographical individuation;

Projecting the self: Philosophical identities and literary cr eativity;

Who owns antiquity?

Classics and contemporary culture.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   10







Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 44


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Presentation. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply This is not an anonymous assessment.  10 minutes    20       
Journal. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    80       

Recommended Texts

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