Myths, Fictions, And Histories Of Alexander The Great CLASSIC4003
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course explores the literary sources for Alexander the Great with particular emphasis on the grey area between historiography, mythology, and fiction in which these texts operate
Two one-hour sessions per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours
options in Classics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are
available on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Classics, Greek or Latin, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.
Examination (90 minutes duration) - 50%
Essay (3,000 words) - 50%
Main Assessment In: April/May
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable
Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.
This course will provide the opportunity to:
■ Become familiar with the history of Alexander the Great
■ Engage closely with the literary sources for the life of Alexander the Great and evaluate their historical worth
■ Explore the grey area between historiography, mythology, and fiction in which these texts operate
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Describe the historical events of the life of Alexander the Great
■ Place these events in their larger historical context
■ Analyse and evaluate the literary sources for these events
■ Summarize ancient and modern theories of history, historiography, and narrative and use these to formulate your own arguments
■ Formulate your own interpretations of the sources and argue them in a lucid and scholarly manner
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.