CLAN3002 The Emergence of Greece

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit covers the years between the Homeric epics and the end of the Persian Wars, the period which shaped the main features of the Classical Greek world. Issues of social, literary, political, military and intellectual history and historiography are explored. The unit highlights social and political developments such as the phenomenon of tyranny and the evolution of oligarchy and democracy. The unit also explores the emergence of Persia as a world power and investigates how the confrontation between Persia and the city-states of mainland Greece entrenched Sparta as the major military power of Greece and gave Athens the naval power for her future development. The unit concludes with an exploration of pre-classical Greek intellectual culture.
Students are able to (1) explain and interpret key elements of the history (political, military and cultural) of archaic Greece; (2) demonstrate their understanding of the appropriate use of ancient historical sources (both literary and material) for informed scholarly debate, and synthesise diverse items of ancient evidence; and (3) articulate well-reasoned arguments on key issues concerning the history and culture of archaic Greece, demonstrating their familiarity with contemporary scholarship and with the written conventions of the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) source analysis; (2) essay; and (3) tutorial participation. 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
any Level 2 CLAN unit
CLAH2201 Emergence of Greece
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 10 weeks); practical classes: 1 hour per week (over 8 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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