Current Trends in Greek History - CLAS8004

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Csaba La'da checkmark-circle


This module takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to the history of the ancient Greek world. Organised around a specific period (e.g. Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Byzantine) and/or a key theme (e.g. politics, law, migration, colonisation, violence, inequality and social justice, race and ethnicity, the environment), the module will challenge students to fundamentally enhance their understanding of Greek history through comprehensive and nuanced analysis of the ancient evidence and by engaging critically with current scholarly debates.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 20
Private Study: 280
Total: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Presentation (30 minutes) – 20%
Research Portfolio (3,000 words) – 80%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework (5,000 words)

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

Indicative list:
Austin, M.M. (2006). The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest, A Selection of Ancient Sources in Translation, 2nd edn., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Bugh, G. S. (ed.). (2006). The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Crawford, M. (ed.). (2010). Sources for Ancient History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Gaskell, I. and Carter, S. A. (eds.) (2020). The Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
The Cambridge Ancient History, Volumes 1–14. 2nd–3rd edns. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1970–2001).
Pedley, J. G. (2012). Greek Art and Archaeology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Shapiro, H. A. (ed.) (2007). The Cambridge Companion to Archaic Greece. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding, through clear expression, of selected topics in ancient history and the relevant evidence in all its variety. These topics are likely to change from year to year, but may include politics and law, social and intellectual history, literary culture, and the body and material objects in the ancient world as well as their reception;
2. Demonstrate developed skills in exegesis, critical analysis, and assessment of a selection of textual and non-textual sources as well as material culture from the ancient Greek world in a wide sense;
3. Show command of a range of techniques and research methods, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, and the varieties of historical method;
4. Manage their learning through the use of primary evidence and current research in ancient history and related disciplines.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate academic material discussed in a classroom setting;
2. Evaluate their own academic performance and develop an ability to learn independently to ensure ongoing professional development;
3. Communicate clearly and effectively with peers using a variety of means;
4. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and work effectively to set deadlines.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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