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GK4117   Lies, History and Ideology

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

We shall examine stories about the Athenian past, particularly the myth of 'autochthony', according to which the Athenians' native land gave birth to their ancestors. We shall consider the role played by these stories in shaping Athenian civic identity; our focus will be on the sophisticated exploration of and response to these stories in Athenian literature, rhetoric and philosophy. An important theme discussed by these texts is the political expediency of telling falsehoods about the past. The set texts will be Euripides' Ion, selected parts of Isocrates' political writing, Plato's Menexenus and selected parts of Plato's Republic.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Induction in Orientation Week then 2 hours of lectures and seminars, and 1 coursework consultation hour each week.

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Unseen test = 15%, Coursework = 45%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 55%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 45%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Unseen test = 15%, Coursework = 45%


Module teaching staff: Dr A Long