GRC20130 Study Tour of Ancient Greece

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module provides students with experience of the landscape, monuments and material culture of ancient Greece, facilitating a greater understanding of the societies that flourished in this region in the past. It consists of a 10-day study tour to mainland Greece, visiting key sites and museums, and is followed by related class sessions during Autumn trimester. The archaeological remains date from a range of periods, enabling an appreciation of the main chronological developments in Greek society from the Bronze Age, through Iron Age, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and into Byzantine. Sites on the itinerary include Mycenae, Tiryns, Corinth, Eleusis, Epidaurus, Delphi, Olympia, Bassae, Mystras and a number of important locations within Athens (e.g. Acropolis, Agora, Kerameikos). The tour is led by lecturers associated with the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (IIHSA), who provide guided tours at each site. The Autumn class sessions focus on building research skills and enabling you to carry out the module assessments: a travel journal and an individual research project relating to a site visited on the tour. This module is available as an elective. NB - this tour takes place in summer 2024 and students MUST have gone on the tour to take this module, which runs in Autumn trimester of 2024-25.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• Understand the sites of ancient Greece in relation to the landscape
• Demonstrate sound knowledge of the key sites and monuments of ancient Greece and of the main chronological periods of the Greek past
• Analyse archaeological evidence (sites, monuments, artefacts) from firsthand observation, and from the study of primary and secondary literature (i.e. ancient and modern sources)
• Communicate effectively about archaeological remains and their interpretation, orally and in writing, and reflect upon the variety of ways we can present the past
• Record and present photographs and illustrations in a way that complements written work

Indicative Module Content:

Class sessions in Weeks 1-6 support the production of a travel journal and research project based on the trip to Greece. Topics to be covered may include some or all of the following:
- travel writing and producing a travel journal
- structuring a research project
- bibliographic formatting and referencing
- imagined narratives and writing the past
- one-on-one meeting with module coordinator for project support
NB - content is indicative and subject to change

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Field Trip/External Visits


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module consists of two related elements: a study tour to Greece in August-September, and six seminars during Autumn trimester, led by the module coordinator. The seminars emphasise class discussion and participation. They will help you to produce the assessments (travel journal and research project), and equip you with transferable skills in research, bibliographic formatting, and different styles of writing. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students MUST have participated in the study tour during summer 2024 to take this module.

Learning Recommendations:

Students taking this module should have passed at least one Level 1 GRC module or otherwise be able to demonstrate interest in the history and archaeology of ancient Greece. Of particular relevance are GRC10200 Classical Greece and GRC10170 Lost Cities of the Ancient World. Completion of a selection of Level 2 or 3 modules offered by the School of Classics is also suitable. Priority will be given to students intending to register for further GRC modules in 2024-2025. Contact the module coordinator to discuss eligibility if you are uncertain.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Reflective Assignment: Travel journal of c.2000 words reflecting on your trip to Greece. n/a Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): A research project of c.2500 words on one of the monuments visited on the study tour. n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback sheets for each assessment will be uploaded to Brightspace for each student within 20 working days of submission. Students are welcome to arrange a meeting with the module coordinator to discuss their grade/feedback.