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CL4433   Religions of the Greeks

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: TBC

Religion reached into virtually every corner of life in the ancient Greek world, from the family home to the political assembly, from the field of battle to the neighbourhood feast. This module will examine the range of religious practice and experience in Greece primarily between ca 500 and ca 300 BCE. The civic and political roles of religion will be considered, from local heroes to panhellenic festivals, as will the role of religion in the home and in the life-cycle of the individual. Divination and healing-cults will also be discussed. Attention will be paid throughout to questions of method and interpretation, with regard both to the handling of ancient evidence and to the relative merits and demerits of the competing modern approaches. The overall aim is to attempt to understand a key element of ancient Greek mentality.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): As stated in the school of classics undergraduate handbook

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Induction meeting in Orientation Week followed by 2 hours of lectures and seminars, and 1 coursework consultation hour per week.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr R T Anderson
Module teaching staff: Dr R Anderson