CLAS 3027 - Pagans, Saints and Magic in Late Antiquity
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code CLAS 3027 Course Pagans, Saints and Magic in Late Antiquity Coordinating Unit Classics Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study including at least 3 units of Level II Classics courses Incompatible CLAS 2103 Course Description This is a cultural history course that looks at issues that were at the centre of social change in Late Antiquity (3rd-6th centuries AD). The later Roman empire witnessed major cultural upheavals and political collapse; according to many contemporaries, the rise of Christianity and its attempts to be the only religion within the empire was at the centre of much of this change. Debate spilled out onto streets as civil riot, pogroms and vandalism in places such as Athens, Alexandria and Antioch.
European views of religious (in)tolerance, orthodoxy, heresy and magic developed within this period, as did the notion of the 'holy man', power of the 'relic' and personal asceticism as an ideal. In particular, this course will use literary sources in translation to examine the history of pagan religions in Late Antiquity, their reactions and challenges to the rise of Christianity. We will study the rise of the cult of the martyr and of asceticism, using contemporary poetry, letters and biographies. Finally, the intertwining concepts of magic and miracles will be explored in the context of Christianity and a variety of pagan and philosophical groups, with an emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean world.
Course Coordinator: Dr Margaret O'Hea
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
There will be one lecture per week for 12 weeks and one two-hour seminar per week for 10 weeks, starting in week 2.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 understand the historical sequence of the main developments in Late Antique religious history 2 develop a scholarly approach to the historical analysis of primary sources, both literary and documentary 3 encourage wider readings and the application of a broader “historical” perspective to contemporary issues, such as religious tolerance and intolerance in Europe and of freedom of speech 4 engage productively and respectfully with their peers via problem solving and the sharing of information 5 use learning technologies relevant to the University’s learning environment
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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 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, 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 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
3 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
Required ResourcesIf possible, purchase the following set of primary sources:
Valantasis, R. (2000) Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
NB: Paperbacks can be ordered from Booktopia, Angus and Robertson etc, but there is currently no ebook, and availablility may be limited. Buy a second-hand copy if you can.
A copy of this book will be placed in Reserve in the Library for short-term loans, and other primary sources will be made available online in MyUni.
If you cannot get your hands on this, another, less comprehensive but cheaper sourcebook is
MacMullen, R. (1992) Paganism and Christianity 100-425 C.E.. Fortress Press.
Recommended ResourcesFor those who want to go further, buy the ebook of:
Cameron, A. (2010) The Last Pagans of Rome.
Another older, but readable optional purchase is:
MacMullen, R. (1999) Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries. Yale: Yale University Press
Online LearningReading lists, websites and other resources will be made available online in MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will provide background to the seminar topics. These two-hour classes will rely heavily on the readings of both primary and secondary sources by students, but they will also build on the previous weeks' readings. They are intended to create both a knowledge base and establish practice in historical analysis.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
1 Lecture pw (structured learning) 12
2-hr seminar pw (structured learning) 20 (10 weeks only)*
6 research (reading and note-taking) hrs pw 72
4.333 assignment prep hours pw 48
Average pw = 13 hrs* Total = 156 Hours
Learning Activities SummaryLecture topics may vary from published schedule, which will be provided online in MyUni at the start of the semester. The seminar programme will be available online and in downloadable form on MyUni at the start of semester.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE within seminars throughout semester on topics within programme.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar paper Formative and Summative See My Uni - choice of seminar topics in first half of semester 20% 1-4 Research Essay Formative and Summative Monday Week 9 40% 1-4 Written exam (3 questions in 2 hrs, covering the full seminar programme) Summative Formal exam period 40% 1-3
Assessment DetailResearch essay: students will be required to write a 2750 word research essay due in Week 9 (topics to be detailed in MyUni) = 40% weighting.
Seminar paper: ca 1250 word seminar paper on one of the topics in the first half of the semester (for programme, see MyUni) = 20% weighting
Exam: a 2-hour exam in the format of essay-type answers, to be held during the university exam period = 40% weighting
SubmissionAll will be submitted online as attached essays in Word (doc, docx) or pdf. Details about times will be online in MyUni before the start of semester.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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