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CL205 “Heroes” Offered Spring 2017

Posted by Tim on November 2, 2016 in Academics, Registration and Seminar Information, UB Curriculum

The Department of Classics will offer three sections of one of its CL (Composition and Literacy) 2 courses in spring 2017.  The course, Classics (also abbreviated CL) 205 “Heroes,” has been a very popular offering historically, and we believe that it will continue to be a course that students will find interesting and rewarding in its new life as a CL2 offering.  The course deals with heroic figures of antiquity and the Middle Ages, such as Achilles, Beowulf, the Arthurian knights, and so on, as presented in traditional literary sources, and also in more contemporary presentations (film, television etc.).

“Heroes” is a study of the heroic figure in ancient and medieval literature, and also in modern popular culture. Readings and writings will focus on heroic figures of the Odyssey and Iliad, the Mahabharata, Beowulf, and the Arthurian Cycle,  but will also incorporate non-Indo-European traditions such as those of Gilgamesh and the Bible. Contemporary portrayals in cinema, television and graphic media will be examined as well. This course is designated a Communication and Literacy 2 course and as such entails intensive student writing. On average, no less than 1/3 of class meetings will be devoted to writing instruction. Such instruction will entail discussion of Classics disciplinary genres, the various audiences and purposes of these genres, and library/research skills, as well as time devoted to in-class peer workshops, and also instruction in disciplinary style and citation practices, evaluation and integration of secondary sources into student writing, and so on.