Classics 114: Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity

Clara Hardy
Faculty Member: Clara Hardy
Class Description:
In both ancient Greece and Rome, gender (along with class and citizenship status) largely determined what people did, where they spent their time, and how they related to others. This course will examine the ways in which Greek and Roman societies defined gender categories, and how they used them to think about larger social, political, and religious issues. Readings from epic, lyric, and drama, as well as ancient historical, philosophical, and medical writers.

Watch/Download Full Video (MP4 Video 68.2MB Jul31 17): 30:26 min

Class Video

Chapter 1: Course Goals: Creating Connections (MP4 Video 8.7MB Jul28 17) (4:05 min)
Clara discusses the importance of teaching students the process of reading disparate texts from antiquity in a deeper context and how she helps students connect discussions from class to class.

Chapter 2: Fielding Questions (MP4 Video 7.7MB Jul31 17) (3:36 min)
Clara talks about the importance of asking good questions and responding with an appropriate level of detail for the context of the class.

Chapter 3: Questions that Connect (MP4 Video 7.2MB Jul28 17) (4:05 min)
Clara articulates the filters students need to use when thinking about ancient culture.

Chapter 4: Using Visuals to make the Abstract Concrete: What Role Technology (MP4 Video 8.5MB Jul28 17) (4:47 min)
Clara talks about how she uses classroom technology to enhance the learning in class, and how big themes get pulled together through the organization of the course.

Chapter 5: Using Moodle (MP4 Video 4.7MB Jul31 17) (2:04 min)
Clara discusses how she uses the course management system, Moodle, to monitor how students are thinking about course material.

Chapter 6: Small Groups (MP4 Video 5.4MB Jul31 17) (2:25 min)
Clara considers the importance of varying the tempo in a long class session and in allowing quieter members to speak in a less intimidating venue.

Chapter 7: Watching Yourself Teach (MP4 Video 7.4MB Jul31 17) (3:10 min)
Clara reflects on the perils and discomfort of seeing oneself in front of a class.

Chapter 8: On Tweaking Course Design (MP4 Video 5.3MB Jul31 17) (2:20 min)
Clara talks about why she "tweaks" courses every time she teaches and the importance of keeping the material fresh.

Chapter 9: Three Months Later: Reflection on Student Feedback and Learning Outcomes (MP4 Video 8.6MB Jul31 17) (3:04 min)
Clara reflects, several months after the course has ended, on how her students' learning was affected by her redesign efforts.