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EL2512: THE TRAGEDY OF KNOWLEDGE (2022-2023)

Last modified: 08 Dec 2022 11:50


Course Overview

This course traces the use of key Western myths from antiquity to the present to examine the way knowledge is often presented as both dangerous and compelling. As well as introducing students to a range of historical, social, and formal variations on the theme of knowledge, the course also highlights the role of storytelling and adaptation in the formation of knowledge and understanding.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Timothy Baker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

How do we know what we know? Are our lives shaped by our own efforts and learning, or are we subject to forces we cannot control? Does the acquisition of knowledge carry tragic consequences? Looking at a wide range of texts from ancient to modern, and including poems, plays, and novels, this course will introduce students to some of the central ethical and intellectual concerns found in literature, as well as providing a solid cross-period foundation for further study. Emphasising questions of adaptation and comparative study, the course focuses on the twin myths of the Fall and Prometheus as they have been interpreted by a wide range of authors, as well as other relevant narrative frameworks. Texts on the course include works by authors such as Nan Shepherd, Nnedi Okorafor, John Milton, and Mary Shelley.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 32, 34 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 32, 34 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Close-Reading Exercise

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Feedback

Written or verbal feedback will be provided. Additional informal feedback on performance is also given in tutorials.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Feedback

Written or verbal feedback will be provided. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is also given in tutorials.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Written or verbal feedback will be provided. Additional informal feedback on performance is also given in tutorials.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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