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.

Greek Art CLASSIC5093

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the art and architecture of archaic and classical Greece, and to current and earlier approaches to understanding it in its historical and social context.


17 x1 hour lectures, 1x3 hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





Essay (3000 words) 40%

Exam (90 minutes) 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Study the principal surviving monuments of Greek Art dated between about 1000 B.C. and 323 B.C.,

■ Embed the visual materials in the culture and history of the societies which produced them

■ Enhance the understanding of some of the main and recent problems of methodology and interpretation, which attach to them.

■ Study other approaches to understanding the society whose history and literature they study elsewhere.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply detailed knowledge of primary visual material in all forms of assessment

■ Show in all forms of assessment an understanding of modern interpretative practices

■ Compare, contrast, and evaluate competing interpretations of the core material

■ Apply at a level appropriate to the assignment, knowledge of modern secondary literature to the interpretation of primary material

■ Evidence research, interpretative and argumentative skills in coursework essays and class discussion sessions

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.