Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Classical Civilisation 2A Online Version: The Civic Discourse Of Classical Athens CLASSIC2010

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course studies the literature, history and politics of classical Athens. After an initial face- to-face meeting, this course will be taught online.


One face to face meeting at the start of the course; Weekly online group work and discussion; viewing of 21 online lectures

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in one of the following: Classical Civilisation 1A (CLASSIC1001 or 1011), Classical Civilisation1B (CLASSIC1002 or 1012), Classical Greek Civilisation 1B (ADED 1017E), Latin 1A (LATIN1001), 1B (LATIN1002), Greek 1A (GREEK1001), 1B (GREEK1002), Archaeology 1A (ARCH 1001), Archaeology 1B (ARCH 1002), New Testament Greek (TRS1004)

Excluded Courses





Peer review of essay draft (1,500 words) - 30%

Essay (3,000 words) - 70%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study political organisation in the Greek world;

■ explore dissent, debate and dialogue within the Athenian radical democracy;

■ examine ideology and propaganda within the polis;

■ relate the physical environment of Athens to its political processes;

■ set approaches to Greek drama in their historical and cultural context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ identify the formal and structural elements of Athenian drama, oratory, monuments and space

■ relate the textual and visual evidence of the period to its social, political, cultural and material context

■ analyse arguments made in oratorical, dramatic, historical or philosophical texts

■ explain the processes by which Greek political discourse developed

■ evaluate modern approaches to politics and ideology in democratic Athens

■ develop, individually and in groups, their own interpretations of the textual and material evidence in relation to the politics of the period, and evaluate those of peers

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.