CLAN2001 The Golden Age of Athens

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • 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
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) source analysis; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) essay. 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)
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