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 CLAH115
Coordinator Dr FE Hobden
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First 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 explore ancient Greek myth in its social, political, and religious contexts, focusing primarily on the Archaic and Classical periods (7th - 4th C BC);

To investigate the nature of myth and its role within Greek society, and to thereby develop an understanding of ancient Greek society;

To introduce a broad range of literary, artistic, and archaeological sources for Greek myth and society, and to use them as evidence for social history;

To assess the importance of Greek myth in later societies, including our own.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To be familiar with a number of myths circulating in ancient Greece and to appreciate their social, religious, and political dimensions.

(LO2) To understand how literary and artistic retellings of myth shape ancient Greeks' experience of the world, their society, and relationships; and to be aware of how and why Greek myths are retold in later societies.

(LO3) To gain knowledge of a range of literary, artistic and archaeological evidence, and use it for learning about Greek society.

(LO4) To be able to read and evaluate modern resources and ancient sources in order to research issues and answer questions of interest to the social historian.

(S1) Research skills - all information skills

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills

(S4) Improving own learning / performance - reflective practice

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In lectures students learn about Greek myth and society, reading a selection of sources with the lecturer and thereby developing an appropriate approach to the subject and material.
Notes: Students complete follow-up reading for each lecture topic.

In seminars students explore select topics in detail via ancient sources, building on the modern scholarship they have read in private study, and participating in group discussion, focused around set tasks that form the basis for the Portfolio assessment.
Notes: Students read sources and scholarship, plus answer questions and complete tasks, in preparation for seminars.

Study skills workshops encourage students to develop university-level approaches to research and critical skills for evaluating and employing ancient sources to build coherent, evidence-based arguments. The flip-classroom format, by which students access key information in advance and then undertake practical ass ignments working in small groups in class, promotes active learning: the workshops combine elements of problem-solving and critical reflection and familiarize students with digital resources.

Discussion classes:
The module is bookended by open discussion classes that enable students to explore conceptual issues that are core to the module together.
Notes: Students may need to undertake preliminary preparation in advance of some classes.



This module is taught through a combination of lectures plus study skills workshop and seminar on a series of related themes.  
Themes may include:

Approaches to the study of Greek myth;

The role of myth in understanding the origins and history of the cosmos, communities and individuals;

Religious and political contexts for Greek myth;

The world of heroes;

Myth and the Greek imagination;

The significance of Greek myth beyond ancient Greece.

Teaching Schedule

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





Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 53


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Portfolio. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  -3000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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