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Unit of study_

ANHS1600: Ancient Greece: Societies, Concepts, Cultures

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

European culture, ideas, institutions and practices - literary genres, art, philosophy, historiography, democracy, political society and theory, war, law, science, mathematics, medicine, sport - the list is long - all have their beginnings in Ancient Greece. In this introductory unit basic foundations will be laid for the study of the Ancient Greeks and their world. Focus will be less upon events and individuals and more on the themes that run through the forms of Greek thought and society from the early Archaic period (750 BCE) to the beginning of the Hellenistic period after the death of Alexander the Great (300 BCE).

Unit details and rules

Unit code ANHS1600
Academic unit Classics and Ancient History
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ben Brown,
Lecturer(s) Ben Brown,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Final Take-Home Exercise
End of semester summative exercise
30% Formal exam period 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO2
Participation Participation
Tutorial Participation
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5
Assignment group assignment Tutorial Reflections
Weekly tutorial reflection journal
20% Progressive 4 x 250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO3 LO2 LO1 LO5
Assignment Documentary Research Assignment
Formative historical document analysis
40% Week 11
Due date: 09 May 2022 at 11:59

Closing date: 16 May 2022
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO1 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 The world of the Ancient Greeks Lecture (2 hr)  
[NO TUTORIAL IN WEEK 1] Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 02 Grand Narratives and Periodization Lecture (2 hr)  
Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic? How (and why) is history organized? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 03 In the beginning there was Homer... Lecture (2 hr)  
How do we (should we) read ancient texts? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 04 Early Greek Society: War and Eliteness Lecture (2 hr)  
'Drinking together' How do we (should we) read material evidence? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 05 Greeks in the Mediterranean Lecture (2 hr)  
What is a map? How to think about space historically Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 06 Political community and 'Politics': a Greek thing? Lecture (2 hr)  
Reading inscriptions: How does ancient democracy work? Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 07 [MID-SEMESTER EXAM] Lecture (2 hr)  
[NO TUTORIAL] Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 08 What is 'classical' about Classical Greece? Lecture (2 hr)  
Zones and Action in Ancient Greece Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 09 'Between and beyond the city': women, foreigners, slaves, and animals Lecture (2 hr)  
Problem-child: Women on stage in Ancient Greece Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 10 What is a god? How to approach Greek religion Lecture (2 hr)  
'Growing up Athenian' Religion and Adolescence in Ancient Greece Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 11 Was there a Greek 'intellectual revolution'? How to frame the history of Greek thought Lecture (2 hr)  
'Asking questions historically and philosophically' Two Greek Inventions: Philosophy and History Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 12 The World Alexander Made: Hellenistic Greece and Egypt Lecture (2 hr)  
What does 'Hellenistic' mean? Rethinking 'post-classical' Greece Tutorial (1 hr)  
Week 13 The big picture: Ancient Greece and Us Lecture (2 hr)  
[NO TUTORIAL IN FINAL WEEK] Tutorial (1 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There are no prescribed textbooks for this unit.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and explain the key periods of Ancient Greek History
  • LO2. demonstrate a basic familiarity with the form and content of Ancient Greek society, culture and thought
  • LO3. demonstrate a developing ability to understand and apply historical source analysis in Ancient Greek History
  • LO4. apply historical approaches and sensitivity toward an understanding of an historical culture remote from the present in time, thought and space
  • LO5. demonstrate an ability to comprehend and analyze contemporary scholarly approaches and viewpoints in Ancient Greek History
  • LO6. understand the ethical responsibility that comes with acquiring and applying historical knowledge
  • LO7. communicate with, persuade and influence others in the field of Ancient Greek History through different media
  • LO8. act civilly and with respect toward peers in the discussion of historical ideas

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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