Module Details

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Title SPACES AND PLACES
Code CLAH853
Coordinator Dr M Perale
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Marco.Perale@liverpool.ac.uk
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

 

Aims

To examine the relationship between the ancient Greeks and Romans and the spaces they built, occupied, moved in and imagined;

To explore how people in antiquity experienced, interacted with and conceptualized their immediate by engaging with a diverse body of written material, objects, and archaeological remains;

To investigate the importance of spaces in establishing understanding of other peoples and other ways of living, reflected in different experiences and ideologies ‘at home’, and to understand how ancient landscapes have shaped post-antique engagements with the ‘other worlds’ of Classical antiquity.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To appreciate the relationship between the ancient Greeks and Romans and the spaces and places they build, occupied, moved in and imagined, with attention to their experiences and identities

(LO2) To become familiar with and critically evaluate a wide range of written and visual material relevant to the study of spaces and places in Classical antiquity, from including poetry, geography, ethnography, historiography, itineraries, visual artefacts and physical remains, in all their complexity and contexts

(LO3) To engage with specialist scholarship about landscapes, real and imagined, in antiquity and deploy it to build advanced in-depth knowledge and understanding of historical experience and society in ancient Greece and Rome

(LO4) To be able to formulate a research question, present key ideas and themes in oral presentation, and respond to feedback; and to undertake independent research communicate the results in writing

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

(S3) Research: the identification of sources and resources, the collection and manipulation of data, and the presentation of results, with the aid of information and communications technologies

(S4) Independence: self-direction and autonomy in the conception, implementation, pursuit and completion of tasks at a professional level

(S5) Sensitivity to diversity: understanding of and respect for different intellectual positions and other cultures, based on awareness of complexity and sensitivity to context


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Seminars
Description: Students prepare for each seminar by examining relevant ancient texts, visual material, and archaeological remains and by reading a wide selection of recommended scholarship, and they actively contribute to classroom discussion.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 9 x 1 hour seminars (1 x 1 hour introduction; 8 x 1 hour topic-based sessions)
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 81

Teaching Method 2 - Essay workshop
Description: The workshop provides students with a venue to present questions, ancient material, and modern theories relating to their chosen essay topic and to receive peer feedback on their progress so far.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Students prepare a 10 minute presentation detailing their proposed essay question, the key areas for investigation and evidence, along with any methodological or interpretative proble ms, the results of their research so far.
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 9


Syllabus

 

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

Rural idylls and pleasant places;

Panic Landscapes: mountains, deserts, and desolation;

Cities vs countryside;

Gardens;

The built environment;

Boundaries and divisions;

Travelling in antiquity;

Exploration and discovery;

‘Anachoresis’ to ‘asceticism’;

Religion in the landscape;

Mapping places and peoples;

Faraway lands and peoples;

Imaginary cities and spaces;

Utopias;

‘Stinking up the Great Outdoors’: environmental concerns;

Talking spaces;

Space, memory and history;

Ruins in antiquity and beyond.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   9

      1

81

9

100
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 50
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  -5000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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