As well as studying myth in antiquity, you will also explore the reception of mythical ideas and images in later European culture. The module's digital resources include interactive visual explorations of key ancient and modern sites, monuments and artefacts, together with audio interviews with experts tracing the influence of myth on, for example, drama, science and medicine.
What you will study
The main emphasis of the first two blocks is on obtaining knowledge of a specific range of myths, mythical characters and their function. Also on a critical analysis of the presentation of myths in a variety of sources, such as history, poetry, drama and art.
The later blocks add more detailed analysis of poetry and its very influential reception in medieval and Renaissance poetry and visual art. In the final block, philosophy is added to the range of sources to be studied and analysed.
As the module progresses, you're expected to develop a degree of independence in learning to the extent that you are able to complete independent analyses using the skills you have learned in the course of your study. This leads to you writing a project-type essay at the end of the module.
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The module content is as follows:
- The myth of Hippolytus and Phaedra
- Myth in Rome: power, life and afterlife
- Ovid and the reception of myth
- Myth and reason
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DisciplinesHistory Ancient History View 33 other Short Courses in History in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on the skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably at the OU.
- Although no particular modules are required before studying this one, we recommend that you should have taken at least two arts modules at OU levels 1 and 2. The OU level 1 module Discovering the arts and humanities (A111), or The arts past and present (AA100) (now discontinued) as well as a OU level 2 module would be ideal preparation. This is because this module has been designed to enable you to apply and develop skills in working with source material that you would get from an interdisciplinary or single-discipline OU level 2 module.
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International3168 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3168 GBP for the full programme
National3168 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3168 GBP for the full programme
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