The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

AHIS2500

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

Ancient Greek myths have had a huge impact on history, religion, language and art, and these myths have continued to be important to contemporary understandings as well. This course will explore the origins and meanings of Greek myths and the insights they have provided to both classical and contemporary societies


Availability

Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.


Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3550. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3550 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2500.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Greek mythology.

2. Recognise common themes and patterns in various myths.

3. Display a critical understanding of how myths may be used by societies in different periods.

4. Evaluate and communicate modern interpretations of Greek myths.


Content

The course will  address the following content:

  • sources of myth;
  • creation myths;
  • myths concerning pre-Olympians (e.g. Prometheus and Pandora);
  • Greek pantheon;
  • myths of Dionysus;
  • the concept of the hero (e.g. Theseus, Heracles);
  •  the female warrior (e.g. Athene; Amazons); and
  •  classical and contemporary interpretations of myths.

 


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises 10%

Written Assignment: Short paper 20%

Written Assignment: Source analysis exercise 30%

Essay: Essay 40%