CLAN4101 Researching the Classical World 1—Problems and Resources

6 points
(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.

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
  • Honours core unit in Classics and Ancient History [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit is focused on contemporary research in the classical world of Greece and Rome, recognising the multidisciplinary nature of this research and the broad range of specialised skills which are needed to pursue it. Students work with specialists in a range of fields such as archaeology, literary and linguistic analysis, and historical traditions. Emphasis is placed on the locating and utilising of resources to solve problems and to find up-to-date information quickly, and the strengths and weaknesses of particular resources are always a focus of discussion. Particular areas to be covered include the basic elements of archaeology, an introduction to textual transmission, the use of epigraphy and classical systems of time-reckoning.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a realisation that much of the research being done in Classics and Ancient History depends on an interconnected range of skills, and show a comprehensive outlook when analysing problems; (2) develop a detailed appreciation of the resources and methodologies available within their own specialist areas; and (3) gain a good understanding of where information can be found in areas with which they are less familiar but which may still be relevant to their research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an exercise analysing the different disciplinary resources used in one piece of published research connected with the student's own dissertation; (2) a 2000-word essay requiring in-depth discussion of one of the areas covered in the unit's seminars; and (3) a two-hour examination requiring coverage of three of the seminar areas. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lara O'Sullivan
Unit rules
enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History
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