The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

AHIS3663

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

This cultural history course introduces students to the rich and varied traditions of folklore and fairy tales in ancient Greece and Rome.


Availability

Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the traditions and genres of folk and fairy tale in ancient Greece and Rome;

2. Develop an in-depth understanding of the earliest forms of transmission of folk and fairy tales - both local and migratory;

3. Compare various definitions of terms such as 'folklore and fairy tale' with related terms such as 'myth' and 'legend';

4. Analyse the knowledge gained of ancient cultures, including belief systems and ritual practices, based on studying folk and fairy tales;

5. Apply research skills at advanced undergraduate level.


Content

This course covers the earliest transmission of materials pertaining to folklore and fairy tales in order to gain knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman cultural beliefs and practices. Written or literary, epigraphical and archaeological evidence is discussed and analysed to provide information on facets of popular culture in antiquity, ranging from folk customs and rituals, folk wit and wisdom, fables and anecdotes, medicine, magic, jokes and riddles. The typical figures of folklore, including nymphs, bogeymen and other fantastical beings, are also discussed in relation to beliefs and practices.


Assumed knowledge

AHIS1000 or other Ancient History or History courses at 1000 level


Assessment items

Written Assignment: 3 seminar papers (@15% each = 45%) *

Project: Presentation of an example myth or fairytale to an early education audience (15%) *

Essay: Major Essay (40%) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Project: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.