• Class Number 5858
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Tatiana Bur
    • Dr Estelle Strazdins
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
    • Georgia Pike-Rowney
SELT Survey Results

This first-year course will offer a strong grounding in the history, politics, art and literature of Ancient Greece in the period from the Bronze Age to the rise of Macedon. Students will familiarise themselves with the better-known conflicts of the period such as the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, alongside the lesser-known bookends: archaic tyrants on one side, and the turbulent fourth-century BCE on the other. Students will appreciate the cultural products of this rich intellectual epoch from theatre, art and philosophy, to mathematics, engineering, and science. Elite perspectives and experiences will be put against those of women and enslaved agents; the stories of Athens and Sparta against other Greek city-states. Finally, students will learn about and question the legacy of the Classical World both short-term in the Roman Imperial period, as well as longer-term from the Renaissance through to the 21st century.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. analyse and evaluate primary historical sources;
  2. engage in critical thinking about Greece's history, literature, and culture and its legacy in the modern world;
  3. conduct research using the primary sources and modern scholarship;
  4. formulate logical arguments based on the primary source evidence; and
  5. communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written modes.

There is no prescribed textbook for the course. Each week, tutorial readings (ancient and modern) will made available online through the Wattle. However, for students wishing to familiarise themselves with the period and themes for study, I recommend the following:

As a general overview:

  • S.B. Pomeroy, S.M. Burstein, W. Donlan and J.T. Roberts. (2018). Ancient Greece: a political, social, and cultural history (New York, Oxford University Press). A copy has been placed on 2 hour reserve at Chifley Library.

Specifically on Greece in the Archaic Period:

Specifically on Greece in the Classical Period:

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Welcome! Lecture: Introduction to the course; Bronze Age background (TB/ES)Tutorial: Being an Ancient Historian
2 Lecture: Archaic Greek History (ES)Tutorial: Archaic Tyrants
3 Lecture: Archaic Greek Culture (ES) Tutorial: Archaic Song Culture
4 Lecture: The Persian Wars and their Reception (ES)Tutorial: Developments in Greek Pottery (Tutorial to take place in the ANU Classics Museum) Source analysis due Monday 14th August.
5 Lecture: The Delian League and Athenian Imperialism (TB) Tutorial: Allied Experiences
6 Lecture: The Peloponnesian War and Magna Graecia (TB)Tutorial: Herodotus and Thucydides Essay question 1 due Wednesday 30th August.
7 Teaching Break Essay question 2 due Wednesday 6th September.Essay question 3 due Wednesday 13th September.
8 Lecture: 'Classical Greece' and its Cultural Products I (ES/TB)Tutorial: Visual culture, Drama, Sophistry Tutorial presentations to take place this week.
9 Lecture: 'Classical Greece' and its Cultural Products II (TB)Tutorial: Philosophy, medicine, mathematics Tutorial presentations to take place this week.
10 Lecture: Socrates' death and the Fourth Century BCE (TB)Tutorial: Sparta
11 Lecture: Thebes and the Rise of Macedon (ES)Tutorial: Women and Enslaved peoples
12 Lecture: Ancient Greece in Rome to the Renaissance (ES)Tutorial: Ancient Greek Religion Essay question 4 due Wednesday 18th October.
13 Lecture: Ancient Greece in the Modern World (TB)Tutorial: Reception Essay question 5 due Wednesday 25th October.

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Source analysis (500 words) 15% 15 % 14/08/2023 1,2,3,4
Tutorial Participation 10% 10 % * 1,2,5
Research Essay (2000 words) 35% 35 % * 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 2 hours 40 % * 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 14/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Source analysis (500 words) 15%

Due Monday, August 14 (Week 4). Students are required to write a source analysis of a text or an artefact of approx. 500 words. More information and guidance will be given on this task during the first lecture and tutorial.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Tutorial Participation 10%

Active engagement with the material of this course is crucial to successful learning. Students will be assessed on their participation in the 12 tutorials in the course, as well as their tutorial presentation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay (2000 words) 35%

Students will be expected to write one 2000-word research essay on a topic relating to the tutorial material of weeks 4 to 11 and chosen in the first tutorial. Rolling due dates apply. The essay will be due 2 weeks following the tutorial in which the topic that the essay relates to is discussed. Please see the Wattle site for further details and come to Tutorial 1 to receive your essay topic.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam 2 hours

Two-hour exam to be held during the end-of-semester exam period. More information will be provided closer to the exam period.

Duration: 2 hours + 15 minutes reading time.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Tatiana Bur

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Dr Tatiana Bur

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Dr Estelle Strazdins

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Dr Estelle Strazdins

Georgia Pike-Rowney
Georgia Pike-Rowney Georgia.Pike-Rowney@anu.edu.au

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Georgia Pike-Rowney


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