CLAN1002 Glory and Grandeur

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
In the broad sweep of world history, a handful of periods and cultures are of outstanding importance. Among these, the civilisations of the ancient Greeks and Romans stand out as times of remarkable achievements and significant technological advances. Many of the foundations of the modern world were laid in this period by such seminal figures as Homer, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Jesus Christ. Over two millennia the Greeks spread abroad and settled in numerous places around the Mediterranean, the foundations of modern democracy were laid, and the Roman Empire subsequently came to rule over much of the civilised world, in what has been called 'the boundless grandeur of the Roman peace'. Students are given an outline of the history of this period and are encouraged to achieve an understanding of the processes by which they can study it today from the written and archaeological evidence. Topics include urbanisation, political and social development, warfare and religion, and the enduring legacy of the period.

This unit is an excellent basis for further study in ancient history and provides a good background for studies in archaeology, European studies, history and philosophy. It aims to impart knowledge about the most significant periods in world history, to interpret and explain those features of it which are of enduring significance for our lives—'history', 'democracy', 'political structures', 'globalisation'. It offers a carefully structured program of lectures, identifying and tracing the development of such major social and political aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations, while a complementary series of tutorials and take-home assignments examine some of these aspects in depth. The unit emphasises the collection, analysis and criticism of the ancient source material and a written in-class assignment and tutorial discussion of this assignment deals specifically with this crucial aspect of ancient historical study. Although the Classical period is often presented as the bedrock of Western Civilisation, it is seldom taught in schools. The unit simultaneously surveys the broad period and identifies and explains its seminal contributions to our way of life, institutions and modes of thought.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify, interpret and describe key events from the Greek and Roman periods; (2) demonstrate familiarity with the geography and environment of the Classical world; (3) identify, interpret and describe the development of seminal social and political aspects of the ancient world and the impact of these on the modern world; (4) identify, interpret, describe and evaluate different types of evidence that contribute to our understanding of the ancient world; (5) read, comprehend, analyse and critique the primary and secondary written sources; (6) research skillfully using print and electronic resources; (7) develop reasoning and analytical skills; and (8) demonstrate an ability to communicate understandings using appropriate scholarly conventions in both written and oral media..
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) major essay; (2) tutorial performance; and (3) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lara O'Sullivan
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
CLAH1103 Glory and Grandeur
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (for 8 weeks)
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