CLAN3011 Sex, Gender, and the Body in the Greco-Roman World

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Classics and Ancient History; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit introduces students to ancient Greco-Roman attitudes towards sex, gender, and conceptions of the human body from the first century BC through to the advent of Late Antiquity. Students will have the chance to read and interpret evidence from Greco-Roman literature and material culture, including Imperial Greek and Latin poetry (in translation), plays, medical texts, religious writings, prose fiction, the plastic arts, and graffiti. By extension, this unit challenges students to think more deeply about the differences and similarities between ancient and modern approaches to these issues, and the uses of contemporary theoretical frameworks for interpreting the ancient evidence.
Students are able to (1) identify some of the key characteristics of Greco-Roman attitudes towards sex, gender and conceptions of the human body during the period of the Roman Empire; (2) evaluate the different types of evidence studied (literary texts, sub-literary texts, inscriptions, and material culture) that contribute to our understanding of Greco-Roman attitudes towards sex, gender, and conceptions of the body; (3) critically evaluate modern scholarship relevant to the area of study; (4) conduct research in this area of study using print and electronic resources; and (5) demonstrate critical reasoning and analytical skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination; (2) assignment; 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 Christopher Mallan
Unit rules
Any Level 2 CLAN, HIST
GEND unit
Advisable prior study:
CLAN1002 Glory and Grandeur
Contact hours
Lecture x 1 hr per week; Tutorial x 2 hrs per week (up to 3 hours per week)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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