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Core Module - Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture

CX 901-30

Convenor: Suzanne Frey-Kupper

Tutors: Helen Ackers, Alison Cooley, Suzanne Frey-Kupper

This is a core module for the Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture and Taught MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Rome. It is designed to introduce students to the major issues in the study of ancient visual and material culture, and to key methodologies and approaches. This module provides a broad grounding in the interpretation of the various different aspects of ancient material. It will help to develop students’ intellectual skills in the following areas:

  • Ability to select and respond to particular methodological approaches when dealing with material evidence
  • Appreciation of methodological issues in dealing with material evidence
  • Understanding of the ways that visual and material evidence has been studied since antiquity
  • Ability to present structured chain of argument drawing together evidence into cohesive whole
  • Ability to select & apply appropriate problem-solving methodologies
  • Ability to conduct independent research & analysis

It will also help to develop the following key transferable skills:

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to evaluate intellectual progress
  • IT skills - word processing/ use of internet

Schedule 2017

Autumn Term: Weeks 1-10 on Mondays (unless otherwise indicated) as below:

Week 1, Tues 03/10: 3-4pm S2.73 SFK Induction to MA students to the course
Week 2, Mon 9/10: 11am-1pm H2.04 HA topic on Art tbc
Week 3, Mon 16/10: 11am-1pm H2.04 HA topic on Art tbc
Week 4, Mon 23/10: 11am-1pm H2.04 AC Rediscovery of Antiquity
Week 5, Mon 30/11: 11am-1pm H2.04 AC The Kingdom of Naples
Week 6, Mon 06/11: AC&HA Visit to British Museum:
Epigraphy with AC 11am-1pm & Art with HA 2-4pm. Meet Alison at the museum at 11am: please arrange your own transport (Euston is the closest station) and book early to ensure cheap tickets. We will be finished by 4pm, though you might want to spend additional time in London/join the Institute of Classical Studies, which is very close.

Week 7, Mon 13/11: 11am-1pm No session because there is a double session in week 6.
Week 8, 20/11: 2.30-4.30pm: SFK Visit to Ashmolean Museum, Heberdeen Coin Room: Meet Suzanne at the main entrance of the museum at 2.30pm.
Week 9, Mon 27/11: 11am-1pm H2.04 Essay tutorials with appropriate member of staff / Essay writing seminar, SFK
Week 10, Mon 04/12: 11am-1pm H2.04 OMNES Essay presentations/discussion


5,000 word essay

Deadline for essay title to be approved by course coordinator, Prof. Suzanne Frey-Kupper:
Friday 1st December 2017, 12 noon
Deadline for essay to be submitted: Friday 19th January 2018, 12 noon

You can expect to receive feedback within 20 working days electronically via Tabula. You are also encouraged to attend a feedback tutorial with one of the module tutors.