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CX247 - Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity

  • Module code: CX247
  • Module name: Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity
  • Department: Classics and Ancient History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module studies the nature of Greek sexuality and the position of women in Greek society, assessing ‘modern interpretations of Greek sex and gender’ as much as ‘Greek sex and gender’.

Principal learning outcomes

"Knowledge The course is intended to give students knowledge of: the texts and materials which relate to the study of gender and sexuality in Ancient Greece; modern theories of sexuality, including the work of Michel Foucault; ancient debates and discourses of sexuality; modern debates about ancient sexuality and the use of ancient material to support different positions; Analysis and Critique. The course is intended to enable students: to assess ancient and modern debates critically; to construct their own arguments based on their assessment of modern debates and ancient materials; to communicate their ideas in the form of written essays; to engage in constructive debate with other members of the group, defending and/or modifying their arguments. "

Timetabled teaching activities

There will be one weekly two-hour long lecture

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CX247-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 25%
Assessed Course Work 25%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Italian and Classics (RQ38) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (Part-Time) (VV17) - Year 2