CLAN4102 Researching the Classical World 2—the Research Seminar in Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Classics and Ancient History [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit provides a strongly practical introduction to and training in research as it is practised in the discipline of Classics and Ancient History. Students take an active part in the communal matrix where research is initially presented and refined through supportive criticism and discussion. For decades Classics and Ancient History has run a series of research seminars every semester at which staff members, students (postgraduate and honours) and visiting scholars have presented their research in progress and listened to the developing ideas of others. The unit formalises honours participation in the research seminar, presenting it as a microcosm of the larger process of research and review which operates through the discipline across the world. Students are required to participate in this process, to introduce speakers and to initiate discussion, and to make their own presentation to the research seminar, based on their dissertation.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate, by their participation, an understanding of the collaborative nature of research processes and (2) show appropriate levels of skill in the different roles the research seminar system requires (e.g. presentation of research, discussion of its strengths and weaknesses, weighing up different judgements, placing research in a larger context of individual career or of the advancement of knowledge).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation in seminars; (2) an introduction of speaker and topic; (3) a critical response to a paper; and (4) an oral presentation of a student's own research dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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