CLAS 4002 - Honours Classics Common Course

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course is designed to give students a broad overview into Classics and its sub-disciplines and to provide students with advanced training in research methodology. The course is divided into four sections: introductory methods and research skills; literary studies; historical/cultural studies; archaeology. A key issue or problem relating to the Classical world will be tackled in the weekly seminar; students are expected to contribute to the seminars by doing the set readings and participating in the discussion. They will also give a presentation and submit research papers on two of the topics during the semester.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 4002
    Course Honours Classics Common Course
    Coordinating Unit Classics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit major in Classics and a credit average or better result. Students doing combined Honours (eg with English or History) may be permitted to enrol in this course without a Classics major.
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program. Students from other Honours programs may be permitted to enrol provided that they have sufficient skills and experience.
    Course Description This course is designed to give students a broad overview into Classics and its sub-disciplines and to provide students with advanced training in research methodology. The course is divided into four sections: introductory methods and research skills; literary studies; historical/cultural studies; archaeology. A key issue or problem relating to the Classical world will be tackled in the weekly seminar; students are expected to contribute to the seminars by doing the set readings and participating in the discussion. They will also give a presentation and submit research papers on two of the topics during the semester.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Clarke

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of a wide range of Classics related fields and the issues and problems associated with them.

    2. Show proficiency in applying different research methodologies within the various sub-disciplines of Classics.

    3. Present clear and coherent expositions, both verbally and in writing, of complex problems associated with the Classics discipline
    and possible solutions to them.

    4. Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills in analysing and synthesising knowledge and skills in presenting clear and coherent
    expositions of that knowledge.



    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    An Honours coursebook with all the information, including questions and required reading will be issued at the beginning of February each year; it will also be available online.
    Online Learning
    Students will have a session with the subject librarian in order to develop their online research skills.



  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There will be a weekly two hour seminar which all students will prepare for and participate in. This will involve reading the primary and secondary sources associated with the week's question and may also involve looking for additional material, particularly if the student is presenting and writing on the question.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1x 2 hour seminar per week 26 hours
    10 hours seminar preparation per week (mandated reading and critical evaluation of sources; writing notes for discussion)



    130 hours
    12 hours assessment work per week



    156 hours
    TOTAL 312 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    The weekly seminars expose students to a wide variety of complex problems and issues associated with Classics and its sub-disciplines (literary studies, history, cultural studies and archaeology). Students’ preparation for these weekly seminars will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the various areas of Classics; their participation in the seminar discussions will develop their ability to express and defend their ideas and debate issues; their presentations on two seminar topics will hone
    their skills in presenting problems and potential solutions clearly and succinctly; their research papers on two seminar topics will develop their skills in analysis and synthesis of various materials (secondary sources and a wide variety of primary source materials) and prepare them for writing postgraduate standard research papers. 



  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Asessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcomes
    Seminar Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 3, 4
    Research and presentation on two chosen topics Formative and Summative 10% 2, 3, 4
    4000 word seminar paper 1 Formative and Summative 40% 2, 3, 4
    4000 word seminar paper 2 Formative and Summative 40% 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Detail
    The main weight of assessment is on the research papers which prepare students for writing the thesis in second semester but the seminar participation mark encourages students to debate and defend their ideas in an academic forum while the presentation mark rewards them for presenting on their research topics.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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