Monday, January 18, 2016

Syllabus SFAI 2016

HUMN 224-01 Are We Not Men? Patriarchy in Greek and Roman Antiquity
Spring 2016
Wednesdays, 1-3.45, Chestnut 20B

Course Blog:
Instructor: Dale Carrico,
Office Hours: Before and after class, and by appointment.

Course Description:

The societies of Greek, Roman, and Christian antiquity were conspicuously patriarchal. Homeric heroes made history and conquered death with great words and deeds in an aspirational fantasy of masculine agency. The Roman paterfamilias, perhaps patriarchy's most quintessential expression, centered around the authoritarian male head of the household who held an unquestionable power of life and death over his children, female relatives, and household slaves. But in philosophy and in poetry, in Greek tragedies and in Roman comedies, we find glimpses of a considerably richer and more complicated world of gendered relations, erotic imagination, and human possibility, we encounter profound anxieties, ambivalences, and resistances to patriarchal practices and prejudices. This course will examine these tensions. We will be reading from Sappho, Homer, Thucydides, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Euripides, Cicero, Terence, Juvenal, Quintilian, Petronius as well as contemporary feminist and queer theorists and historians.

Course Requirements:  Reading Notebook, Five Weekly Questions/Comments, Short Reading (2-3pp.), Workshop Worksheet, Midterm Paper (4-5pp.), Course Narrative (2pp.), Final Paper (6-7pp.)
Attendance Policy:  Attendance and punctuality are expected. Necessary absences should be discussed in advance whenever possible.

Provisional Schedule of Meetings


Week One | 20 Introductions

Week Two | 27 Homer -- First and Last Chapters of the Iliad and an excerpt from Chapter IX posted on the blog.


Week Three | 3 Poems of Sappho (Post Close Reading before class)

Week Four | 10 Gorgias -- Encomium of Helen; Melian Dialogue

Week Five | 17 Euripides -- Hecuba

Week Six | 24 Workshop


Week Seven | 2 Plato -- Symposium (Hand in first paper)

Week Eight | 9 Plato -- Apology and "Allegory of the Cave" from the Republic; Aristotle on Women

Week Nine | Spring Break

Week Ten | 23 Aristophanes -- Wasps

Week Eleven |30 Thucydides -- Book II (Preferably all of it, but at least read Pericles' Funeral Oration in Book II) from Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War


Week Twelve | 6 Terence -- Eunuchus; Cicero -- Philippics; Hortensia -- in the Forum 
Supplement: Cicero, Against Cataline

Week Thirteen | 13 Marcus Cicero -- Commentariolum Petitionis; Suetonius -- Caligula; and Juvenal -- Satires

Week Fourteen | 20  Petronius -- Trimalchio's Feast from Satyricon (The link takes you to Chapter Six -- keep reading through Chapter Ten.)

Week Fifteen | 27 Workshop for the Final Paper


Week Sixteen | 4 Concluding Remarks Final Papers Due


Grades will be determined by the following numerical breakdown:

97-100:  A+
94-96:   A
90-93:   A-
87-89:   B+
84-86:   B
80-83:   B-
77-79:   C+
74-76:   C
60-73:   D / Failure

Academic Resource Center
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Students can make an appointment with a tutor by visiting (username is the first part of your SFAI email address; password is your last name). The Center is open throughout the semester (beginning after the add/drop period) from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday in the lower level of the Chestnut Street campus (at the Francisco Street entrance), with extended hours in the Residence Halls and at the Graduate Campus. Students are also welcome to drop by the Center any time during open hours to make use of the ARC’s writing reference library, computers, and study spaces.

Disability Accommodations
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In the case of any complaint related to disability matters, a student may access the student grievance procedures; however, complaints regarding requests for accommodation are resolved pursuant to Section IV – Process for Requests for Accommodations: Eligibility, Determination and Appeal.

The Accessibility Services Office is located on the Chestnut Campus in the Student Affairs Office and can be reached at

Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy
The rights and responsibilities that accompany academic freedom are at the heart of the intellectual, artistic, and personal integrity of SFAI. At SFAI we value all aspects of the creative process, freedom of expression, risk-taking, and experimentation that adhere
to the fundamental value of honesty in the making of one’s academic and studio work and in relationship to others and their work. Misunderstanding of the appropriate academic conduct will not be accepted as an excuse for academic dishonesty. If a student is
unclear about appropriate academic conduct in relationship to a particular situation, assignment, or requirement, the student should consult with the instructor of the course, Department Chair, Program Directors, or the Dean of Students.

Forms of Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another’s words, ideas, or information. At SFAI academic writing must follow conventions of documentation and citation (6.1; MLA Handbook, Joseph Gibaldi ch.2). Students are advised to seek out this guideline in the
Academic Support Center, to ask faculty when they are in doubt about standards, and to recognize they are ultimately responsible for proper citation. In the studio, appropriation, subversion, and other means of challenging convention complicate attempts to
codify forms of acknowledgment and are often defined by disciplinary histories and practices and are best examined, with the faculty, in relationship to the specific studio course.

Cheating is the use or attempted use of unauthorized information including: looking at or using information from another person’s paper/exam; buying or selling quizzes, exams, or papers; possessing, referring to, or employing opened textbooks, notes, or other
devices during a quiz or exam. It is the responsibility of all students to consult with their faculty, in a timely fashion, concerning what types of study aids and materials are permissible in their specific course.

Falsification and Fabrication
Falsification and fabrication are the use of identical or substantially the same assignment to fulfill the requirements for two or more courses without the approval of the faculty involved, or the use of identical or substantially the same assignment from a previously completed course to fulfill requirements for another course without the approval of the instructor of the later course. Students are expected to create new work in specific response to each assignment, unless expressly authorized by their faculty to
do otherwise.

Unfair Academic Advantage
Unfair academic advantage is interference—including theft, concealment, defacement or destruction of other students’ works, resources, or material—for the purpose of gaining an academic advantage.

Noncompliance with Course Rules
The violation of specific course rules as outlined in the syllabus by the faculty or otherwise provided to the student.


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