Classics 2E03 - The Ancient Wold in Film
I think this is a new course starting this fall term. A friend of mine took it this summer so hopefully I can help. Basically here's what you need to know:
In this course, you learn about greek myths from their greek translations. You do the readings of the myths in the course pack and then the prof explains the myth to you in class. Most importantly each class you watch a film relating to the myth you are covering that week. For example, my friend watched the film gladiator when they were talking about greek heroes and such. Then the prof discusses the relationship of the film with the readings. You look at the ancient world in old films and how it is portrayed in them. It seems like a very interesting class except for the fact that you mostly watch old films (1960s etc) which I do not particularly find that interesting. Overall, its looking at different versions of well-known greek myths and their portrayal in the media.
There are weekly quizzes based on the readings and films but they seem very easy (my friend got around 80 or above on all of them) but the prof sometimes adds in a couple of trick questions to make the quizzes hard if they seem too easy but they're still doable. There were no tests. The final had various options: take-home exam (4/10 questions to do, 1pg), essay (2000-3000 words), or a project (screenplay, graphic novel, comic strip, etc.). You got marks for attendance and participation in class and on avenue too. So, it's definitely possible to get a grade 12 easily in the course!!! but keep in mind this was in the summer term so some little things might change now.
extra info - the greek myths covered are well known stories like cyclops, electra, medea, etc. You look at the english translations of the myth from different historical greek writers (sophcles, homer, etc.). The readings are really long with a couple really short ones near the end of the term. The prof also explains greek and roman history too and talks about the politics that were happening the time the story was written so you will have to remember some important dates, wars/events, and political figures too. However, still the course is very easy and the prof is very nice and fair in comparison to most other profs you would in upper years.
The prof is Dr. Russell - great prof, interested in his work, willing to clarify things and answer questions, nice, and fair in terms of work load and grading.
I know it's a lot of info but hopefully it helps!!