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Classical Mythology (ANCW20015)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeANCW20015
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will focus on mythical narratives from the ancient Greek and Roman traditions. Students will explore some of the central patterns and themes in classical mythology. These include narratives of birth and creation, war and the warrior, fire and flood, animals, gods and humans. We will explore how these symbolic themes are incorporated into a diverse range of myths, including stories of the birth of the cosmos, Zeus's rule over the world, the foundation of cities and peoples, and hero myths in which men confront monsters. We will also be concerned with the story of Troy, which is the quintessential Greco-Roman myth, and the many classical tales of metamorphosis. We will engage directly with these narratives in the surviving literary sources (especially epic and drama), and in classical art, which is a major source for the Greek and Roman myths.

This subject requires students to access reading and lecture materials online, the Winter offering also requires students to participate in regular online seminars.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of ancient Greek and Roman mythical narratives and the primary sources for these narratives;
  • identify and critically analyse the central patterns and themes of classical mythology;
  • identify and articulate the relationships between classical myths and the social, religious, and political contexts of their production;
  • identify and critically engage with scholarship on classical mythology;
  • communicate interpretations of classical mythological narratives effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • approach all evidence about Greek and Roman mythical narratives and the societies which produced these narratives with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the interpretation of classical mythology.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

ANCW20021

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

Winter term:

  • A 750 word document analysis due in week 2 (15%)
  • A 1750 word research essay due in week 4 (40%)
  • A 1500 word take home exam due in week 5 (35%)
  • Online quizzes due throughout the teaching period (10%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Students must participate in no fewer than 9 of 12 online seminars.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 6 online quizzes.
  • All pieces of written work (document analysis, research essay and take home exam) must be submitted to pass this subject

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Semester 1:

  • A 750 document analysis due in week 5 of semester (15%)
  • A 1750 word essay due in week 8 of semester (40%)
  • A 1500 word take home exam due in the end of semester examination period (35%)
  • Online quizzes due throughout the teaching period (10%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must participate in no fewer than 9 of 12 seminars.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 6 online quizzes.
  • All pieces of written work (document analysis, research essay and take home exam) must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 hour of online lectures and directed discussions per week for 12 weeks and a 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019
  • Winter Term
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA 1 hour induction seminar in week 1; 3 hours of online lectures and directed discussions per week and three 2-hour live seminars per week in weeks 1-4.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 26 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date 5 July 2019
    Census date12 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail26 July 2019
    Assessment period ends 5 August 2019

    Winter Term contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 16 February 2019