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Unit information: Approaches to Greek History in 2020/21

Unit name Approaches to Greek History
Unit code CLAS20039
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Edwin Shaw
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will simultaneously introduce students to the study of a specific named period of Greek History (Archaic Greece or Classical Athens) and will introduce them to some of the main theoretical approaches for understanding that period. Examples of theoretical approaches that could be covered include: anthropology; archaeological theory; economic models; gift exchange; gender; kinship; political realism. The unit will be taught with either the period Archaic Greece or the period Classical Athens.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate detailed knowledge of a specific period of Greek history;
  2. identify and use a range of ancient sources to help them understand that period;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of different theoretical approaches for understanding different aspects of the period in question;
  4. explain and apply, and critically evaluate these theoretical approaches in order to enhance their understanding of the period;
  5. respond to a question or problem at a standard appropriate to level I within a specified period of time.

Teaching details

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, long- and short-form lectures, and discussion. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis. Feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessments, and this will be supported by meetings with tutors.

Assessment Details

2,500 word essay (100%). [ILOs 1-5].

Reading and References

Finley, Moses. 1985. Ancient History: evidence and models London: Chatto & Windus

Humphreys, Sarah C. 1978. Anthropology and the Greeks London: Routledge