UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CLAN2001 The Golden Age of Athens

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit explores the history and culture of Athens in the fifth century BCE. Students are introduced to the major cultural achievements of this period, ranging across literature (both prose and drama), architecture, scientific enquiry and philosophy, and are encouraged to understand these achievements within the broader political context of Athens—a context forged by the twin imperatives of radical democracy and empire. The unit focuses on the ancient sources, both material (for example, the archaeological remains) and literary (principally Thucydides, but also playwrights such as Aristophanes).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate their understanding of the use of historical sources (both literary and material) from fifth-century Athens; (2) formulate arguments about the key cultural and political achievements of fifth-century Athens, and present these arguments in written form and in discussion with their peers; and (3) demonstrate acquaintance with a body of modern scholarship concerning fifth-century Athens.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assignments; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) an 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
Prerequisites: any Level 1 CLAN unit
Incompatibility: CLAH2202 Age of Thucydides
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week (over 10 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/CLAN2001/SEM-2/2017

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