CLAS 3029 - Classical Mythology III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course functions as an extension of CLAS 2032 Classical Mythology. It provides insight into the definition of myth, the changing role of myth and mythical thought in Greek and Roman society, but also how myth operates today. In addition, it offers an opportunity to apply modern theories (e.g. the structuralism of Levy-Strauss; Jung's archetypes) to ancient myths. Key mythical figures (for instance Prometheus, Heracles and monsters such as the Minotaur and Medusa) and important mythical concepts (the labyrinth and the underworld) will be evaluated and analysed within the context of the ancient societies of Greece and Rome and their reception in the modern world. Students will be given the opportunity to self-direct their own learning within the course by leading group discussions and locating additional primary and secondary sources on myth which they will analyse and present within small group tutorials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CLAS 3029
    Course Classical Mythology III
    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
    Incompatible CLAS 2032
    Course Description This course functions as an extension of CLAS 2032 Classical Mythology. It provides insight into the definition of myth, the changing role of myth and mythical thought in Greek and Roman society, but also how myth operates today. In addition, it offers an opportunity to apply modern theories (e.g. the structuralism of Levy-Strauss; Jung's archetypes) to ancient myths. Key mythical figures (for instance Prometheus, Heracles and monsters such as the Minotaur and Medusa) and important mythical concepts (the labyrinth and the underworld) will be evaluated and analysed within the context of the ancient societies of Greece and Rome and their reception in the modern world. Students will be given the opportunity to self-direct their own learning within the course by leading group discussions and locating additional primary and secondary sources on myth which they will analyse and present within small group tutorials.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Clarke

    Professor Han Baltussen
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Clearly articulate the nature and value of myth


    2. Confidently apply various theoretical approaches to myth to elucidate understanding of them


    3. Appraise the ways in which Classical myth functioned within Ancient Greek and Roman society and contributed to their social structures and ways of thought


    4. Identify mythological narrative patterns both within Classical Myth and within the mythic narratives of other cultures and show how Classical mythological archetypes and mythological ways of thinking still function within modern day society


    5. Analyse, evaluate and compare ancient (’primary’) literary evidence and modern (‘secondary’) theories and reconstructions, both on myths and on literature


    6. Explore, articulate and debate their views in small-group seminars and confidently lead a group discussion


    7. Deliver sustained and persuasive written arguments that exhibit a scholarly approach to analysis and presentation of ideas


    8. Undertake self-directed research to locate, evaluate and analyse additional primary and secondary source material on myth


    9. Employ learning technologies relevant to the University’s learning environment and technologies specific to research in Classics



    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
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    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
    6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7, 8, 9
    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
    4
    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
    6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Anthology of Classical Myth: Primary Sources in Translation 2nd edition edited and featuring new translations by Trzaskoma, Smith and Brunet (Hackett, Indianapolis, 2016)
    Recommended Resources
    Good general introductions to Classical myth can be found in pp. 3-41 of Stephen L. Harris and Gloria Platzner:Classical Mythology: Images and Insights (Mountain View, Calif. 1995) and pp. 1-51 of William Hansen: Classical Mythology (Oxford 2004).

    If you are not very familiar with Classical myth also try Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction by H. Morales (Oxford, 2007) and/or Classical Mythology: The Basics by R. Martin (Oxford and New York, 2016). These are both available as ebooks via the library website.
    Online Learning
    The powerpoints and recordings of lectures with be placed on MyUni.
    Recordings, however, sometimes fail and students are advised not to rely on these as a sustitute for lecture attendance.

    Most of the reading material for each tutorial will be placed on MyUni or information will be provided on how to access it.

    All written assessment tasks will be submitted and marked online.

    Students are expected to consult the announcements board at least twice a week and must closely read all emails sent via MyUni.

    Guidelines to formatting footnotes and bibliography are placed upon MyUni. Students are expected to read and consult these.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The tutorials focus upon questions which are designed to develop material covered in the lectures.
    Workload

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

     
     



    2 x 1-hour lecture per week
      = 24 hours


    1 x 1 hour tutorial or equivalent per week

     = 12 hours


    1 x 4 hours reading and seminar preparation per week

     = 48 hours


    1x 3 hours research per week

     = 36 hours


    1 x 3 hours assignment preparation per week

     = 36 hours




    Total = 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Besides the lectures, the learning activities are largely centred around the tutorials which involve close reading of and discussion of a number of ancient texts and/or text excerpts that feature Classical myths and mythological figures. Topics include creation myths, studies of various deities such as Zeus, Prometheus, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, various heroic figures such as Heracles and Theseus and mythical monsters such as Medusa and the Minotaur. Mythic depictions in art and film will also be explored.
    Specific Course Requirements

    In order to facilitate discussion, students are expected to bring the relevant primary source texts or text excerpts to each tutorial.
    Small Group Discovery Experience

    Many tutorials will contain an element of small group discovery (for instance group analysis and application of mythic theories, analysis and evaluation of mythic archetypes and stories). Some lectures may also experiment with small group discovery activities; for instance, the lecture on Myth in Art.
  • 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 Graduate Attributes
    1 1800 word tutorial essay Formative and Summative 25% 1, 2, 5
    1 250 word tutorial summary Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 5
    1 400 word primary source analysis Formative and Summative 15% 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6
    Leading a group discussion Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    A 3000 word research essay OR a take home exam Summative (may be formative on request) 40% 1, 2, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend the lectures and tutorials.


    Students are required to read the primary sources and primary source excerpts for all the seminars in preparation for the discussion that will occur. They are also required to bring the relevant primary sources or primary source excerpts to the seminars to refer to them during the discussion.

    For the tutorial and research essays, students are expected to follow the guidelines to footnotes and bibliographies set out on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    See MyUni
    Submission
    All written assessment tasks will be submitted via MyUni.
    Course Grading

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

    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

    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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