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SECTION 1: MODULE SPECIFICATIONS

1. The title of the module

CL685/CL686 Torture and Sacrifice: the Literature of Early Christianity



2. The Department which will be responsible for management of the module

SECL


3. The Start Date of the Module

Autumn 2011, Revised for September 2014



4. The number of students expected to take the module

20 students



5. Modules to be withdrawn on the introduction of this proposed module and consultation with other relevant Departments and Faculties regarding the withdrawal

None


6. The level of the module

Intermediate and Higher



7. The number of credits and ECTS value which the module represents

30 credits (15 ECTS)



8. Which term(s) the module is to be taught in

Autumn or Spring



9. Prerequisite and co-requisite modules

No prerequisites.



10. The programmes of study to which the module contributes

BA in Classical & Archaeological Studies, BA Ancient History (JH and SH). Also available as a wild module


11. The intended subject specific learning outcomes

By the end of the module, I and H students should have:


11.1 acquired knowledge and critical understanding of the development of early Christianity

11.2 obtained a conceptual understanding of the literature this movement engendered

11.3 displayed a conceptual understanding of asceticism and martyrdom

11.4 demonstrated a systematic understanding of how this literature reflects the society within which it developed.

 

In addition, H level students will have:



 

11.5 demonstrated a systematic understanding of how the political, cultural and historical aspects learned can be applied to other areas of study.

11.6 displayed conceptual understanding of how the literature of early Christianity reflects the political, cultural and historical situation in the later Roman Empire.

12. The intended generic learning outcomes

By the end of the module, I and H students should have:


12.1 demonstrated the ability to engage in vigorous academic debate

12.2 demonstrated a systematic understanding of material relevant to a particular question

12.4 displayed conceptual understanding of the usefulness of secondary sources

12.5 extended their knowledge of primary and secondary sources in order to produce written and oral analysis


In addition, H level students should have
12.6 displayed knowledge of controversy in technical literature

12.7 displayed conceptual understanding of the issues surrounding different translations of the texts



13. A synopsis of the curriculum

The module is intended to give students an introduction to the literature of early Christianity.

A variety of texts will be read – the gospels, apocryphal gospels, early martyrdom texts, edifying tales and hagiography - to show the variety of genres that existed and the intertextual fluidity of these genres. The texts will be contextualised against the historical developments of the Roman Empire. Social and cultural issues will also be raised, such as the new roles of women and men in an emerging Christian world and the concepts of pain, sacrifice, authority, virginity and asceticism will be examined.

14. Indicative Reading List

P. Brown, The cult of the saints (Chicago, 1982)

E. A. Castelli, Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making (Columbia, 2004)

W. H. C. Frend, Martydom and persecution in the early church (Oxford 1965)

H. Musurillo, The acts of the Christian martyrs (Oxford 1972)

15. Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement of the intended learning outcomes

There will be three contact hours per week consisting of one lecture and a two-hour seminar for ten weeks. This will address learning outcomes 11.1-6 and 12.1-7

Total contact hours: 30 hours

Total Study hours: 300

The student will be expected to prepare reading for seminars. This will take between 3-5 hours of preparation per week. This will provide them with 2-5 hours per week for further private study

16. Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended learning outcomes

100% coursework

40% creative assignment (max 2000 words)

I level: creating a martyrdom.

This will address Learning outcomes 11.1-3 and 12.2

H level: creating a hagiography

This will address Learning outcomes 11.1-3 and 5-6 and 12.2

60% long essay (max 3000 words)

This will address Learning outcomes 11.1-6 and 12.1-7

The essay questions are differentiated at I and H level with different questions appropriate to the level.


17. Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space

None


18. The School recognises and has embedded the expectations of current disability equality legislation, and supports students with a declared disability or special educational need in its teaching. Within this module we will make reasonable adjustments wherever necessary, including additional or substitute materials, teaching modes or assessment methods for students who have declared and discussed their learning support needs. Arrangements for students with declared disabilities will be made on an individual basis, in consultation with the University’s disability/dyslexia support service, and specialist support will be provided where needed.

  1. Campus(es) where module will be delivered:

Canterbury

SECTION 2: MODULE IS PART OF A PROGRAMME OF STUDY IN A UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT

Statement by the Director of Learning and Teaching: "I confirm I have been consulted on the above module proposal and have given advice on the correct procedures and required content of module proposals"

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Director of Learning and Teaching
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Statement by the Head of Department: "I confirm that the Department has approved the introduction of the module and, where the module is proposed by Departmental staff, will be responsible for its resourcing"

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SECTION 3: MODULE IS PART OF A PROGRAMME IN AN ASSOCIATE COLLEGE

(Where the module is proposed by an Associate College)



Statement by the Nominated Officer of the College: "I confirm that the College has approved the introduction of the module and will be responsible for its resourcing"

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Nominated Responsible Officer of the Associate College

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