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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V110
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Greek Myth and Society (CLAH115)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To explore ancient Greek myth in its social, political, and religious contexts, focusing primarily on the Archaic and Classical periods (7th - 4th C BC).
    • ​To investigate the nature of myth and its role within Greek society, and to thereby develop an understanding of ancient Greek society
    • ​To introduce a broad range of literary, artistic, and archaeological sources for Greek myth and society, and to use them as evidence for social history.
    • ​To assess the importance of Greek myth in later societies, including our own.
    Learning Outcomes

    To be familiar with a number of myths circulating in ancient Greece and to appreciate their social, religious, and political dimensions.

    To understand how literary and artistic retellings of myth shape ancient Greeks'' experience of the world, their society, and relationships; and to be aware of how and why Greek myths are retold in later societies.

    To gain knowledge of a range of literary, artistic and archaeological evidence, and use it for learning about Greek society.

    ​To be able to read and evaluate modern resources and ancient sources in order to research issues and answer questions of interest to the social historian.

  • From Hannibal to Severus: An Introduction to Roman History (CLAH105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • The aim is to give the student a basic outline of Roman history.
    • ​To give the student an introduction to some central social and economic themes in the Roman world.
    • ​The module also serves as an introduction to academic skills required for studying the classical world and ancient history
    Learning Outcomes

    The objectives are that with reasonable diligence during the course of study the student will be able to: narrate and show some understanding of the main course of events in the Roman world from the Punic Wars through to c. AD 200.

    To show some awareness of the cultural and social context of these events

    ​To show some awareness of relevant source material

  • Using VIsual Culture (CLAH114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • Far from relying upon written texts alone, ancient societies typically employed a wide variety of visual media to communicate shared ideas and beliefs. The aim of this module is to acquaint you with the diverse ways in which ancient cultures (Greek, Roman, and their mediterranean conexts) could express themselves visually – encompassing everything from sculpture, painting, and architecture to the images stamped on coins.
    • ​To encourage the development of the critical and methodological skills needed to ‘read’ ancient visual culture and interpret it in wider socio-cultural contexts, both ancient and modern.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to analyse examples of ancient visual culture from a range of different perspectives.

     

    ​They will be able to critically evaluate objects and images in different contexts, ancient and modern, and to understand the continuities and differences between them.

    ​Students will be able to assess the relative contribution and importance of visual culture to the wider picture of the ancient world.

    ​Students will acquire specific skills necessary to talk and write about ancient visual culture, students will also develop a broader skills base, with a particular focus on different kinds of written communication (e.g. book reviews, reflective responses, essays) and library and other research skills.

  • Warfare, Politics, and Society in the Greek World, 510-323 B.c. (CLAH104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • The aim of this module is to acquaint you with the history and society of the ancient Greek world from 510 BC until the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC). The module also has as its aim to enable you to engage critically with scholarship dealing with the central historical questions of that period, and to foster core skills in using and evaluating primary evidence.
    • to enable you to learn to read and evaluate a range of advanced secondary scholarship  ​
    • to foster core skills in using and evaluating primary evidence.
    • to develop your skills in presenting historical anal​ysis in written and in oral form
    Learning Outcomes

    You will have a sound knowledge of the broad sweep of Greek history from 510 to 323 BC, including not only the history of events but also a range of key themes in social and cultural history

    ​Accustomed to using a variety of primary and secondary material to answer (and formulate) historical questions relating to political events, warfare, society and culture.

    You will have developed a variety of transferable skills including: oral discussion; listening and note-taking skills; analytical reading of set texts; identification and deployment of material relevant to a particular question; engagement with primary evidence; written exposition; effective time-management.

Year One Optional Modules

  • Ancient Greek Ia (CLAH501)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • To give students the knowledge, comeptence and confidence to start reading written documents and literature from ancient Greece in their original language, working with the coursebook and unadapted (''real'') texts.

  • ​To introduce the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences, taking students through the alphabet, articles (''the'', a''), cases, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, verb forms and uses, and the present tense in active and middle voices.

  • ​To familiarize students with appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning.

  • To prepare students for research with ​texts written in ancient Greek, and to make them better equipped for the study of ancient Greek literature, society and culture.

  • Learning Outcomes

    To identify basic features in the shape and structure of ancient Greek language and to develop a strong command of encountered vocabulary.

    ​To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and ''real'' texts.

    ​To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources to study ancient Greek (and other foreign languages) successfully.

    To be familiar with some classical Greek concepts and idioms in the original language, and so gain insights into ancient Greek literature, society and culture.

  • Ancient Greek Ib (CLAH502)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    1. Building on the work of CLAH 501, to give students the knowledge, competence and confidence to start reading written documents and literature from ancient Greece in their original language, working with the coursework and unadapted (''real'') texts.

    2. ​To continue to introduce the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences, taking students through new tenses (imperfect, future, aorist), additional noun types, comparative and superlative adjectives, further verb forms, infinitives, imperatives and case usage.

    3. ​To familiarize students with appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning.

    4. ​To prepare students for research with texts written in ancient Greek, and to make them better equipped for the study of ancient Greek literature, society and culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    To identify more complex features in the shape and structure of ancient Greek language and to continue to develop a strong command of the encountered vocabulary.

    ​To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and ''real'' texts.

    ​To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources to study ancient Greek (and other foreign languages) successfully.

    To be familiar with some classical Greek concepts and idioms in the original language, and so gain insights into ancient Greek literature, culture and society.​

  • Latin Ia (CLAH401)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • This module introduces Latin to students who have not necessarily studied a foreign language in depth before.
    • With the help of standard terms for classifying and analysing the elements of the language''s fabric, the module shows how words in Latin interact with each other (''Grammar'') and how they change their shapes (cf. English, ''I eat, he eats'') as part of this process (''morphology''), forming phrases and building into sentences.
    • ​The module builds on the step by step addition to knowledge of grammar and uses practice sentences and passages, aimed at developing the student''s ability to translate Latin of increasing literary and linguistic sophistication.
    • ​Students are expected to memorise Latin words and build their vocabulary. The module also aims to begin the process of learning about Roman history and culture via engagement with concepts and words in the original language.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse sentences in English and Latin, and to read and translate short passages of Latin prose.

    ​Transferable Skills.This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills, not all of which are directly tested in the assessment:

    Knowledge: recall morphological sets and grammatical rulesRecall vocabularyUnderstanding: Be able to use morphology and rules to translate sentences and passages accuratelyBe aware of un-English word order principlesBe aware of un-English pronoun usageBe aware of un-English language soundBe aware of different sociological frames for some lexical itemsBe able to use principle translation strategies (top-down bottom-up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase-buildingBe aware of different learning methods

    Students who take this module will be trained in the use of:

    Grammatical terminology and analysis. Use and formation of nouns (5 declensions) Use and formation of verbs (4 conjugations and sum esse) Use and formation of adjectives (decelension 1/2 and 3) Transitive and intransitive sentences Apposition Use of prepositions Temporal clauses with ubi/postquam Formation and use of participles Verbs in the passive Indirect speech construction Use of volo, nolo, possum + infinitive
  • Latin Ib (CLAH402)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • This module aims to continue to cover fundamental elements of Latin Grammar, phonology and morphology and their terminologies, the analysis of compound sentence structure, translation of sentences from and into Latin, and short passages from Latin.
    • ​A continuous reading text is introduced, the anonymous latin Romance, Apollonius of Tyre. This has been adapted to produce a seamlessly increasing complexity in the expression of narrative, and an arena for the application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the language classes.
    • To help students build a more extensive vocabulary of Latin words.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse sentences in English and Latin, and to read and translate short passages of Latin prose.

    ​Transferable Skills.This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills, not all of which are directly tested in the assessment:

    Knowledge: recall morphological sets and grammatical rules; recall vocabularyUnderstanding: Be able to use morphology and rules to translate sentences and passages accuratelyBe aware of un-English word order principlesBe aware of un-English pronoun usageBe aware of un-English language soundBe aware of different sociological frames for some lexical itemsBe able to use principle translation strategies (top-down bottom-up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase-buildingBe aware of different learning methods

    ​Students who take this module will

    • consolidate knowledge acquired in CLAH401
    • be trained in the use of:

    relative clauses

    demonstrative pronouns

    comparative and superlative adjectives

    comparative and superlative adverbs

    ablative absolute

    subjunctive clauses (purpose, result, indirect command, indirect question, conditional, cum + subjunctive)

     
  • The Worlds of Odysseus (CLAH101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • ​To make students familiar with ​one of Homer''s epics, in an analytical way
    • To stimulate students'' awareness of interpretative problems in Homeric epic and of the scholarly approaches to these texts
    • ​​To provide students with a sense of cultural and historical context of Greek literature and civilization​
    • ​To foster core academic skills (close reading, research, written communication, academic integrity when using sources) which students will use in their subsequent study (Years 2-3)
    Learning OutcomesThe students should be able to discuss Homer''s Odyssey (in translation) in an informed manner​


    ​The students should be able to extrapolate, illustrate and contextualise cultural and socio-historical issues from the material of the Odyssey

    ​​​​The students should be able to engage with modern scholarship in order to construct interpretation of the ancient text(s) in translation
  • Virgil and the Age of Augustus (CLAH102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module aims to focus on the literary output of the early Augustan period at Rome, with a focus on the Aeneid, an epic poem by Virgil and a core text for the study of Latin literature. As well as the works themselves, students explore the literary, social, and political contexts of their creation and other aspects of artistic expression at this period. This module aims to offer a foundation for further study of Latin poetry, epic poetry, and literary culture at Levels 2 and 3.

    Learning Outcomes

    In the course of the this module, students will: Become familiar with Virgil''s Aeneid and understand its literary shape and the contexts of its production.

    ​Acquire some understanding of the concept of genre and literary structures and approaches.

    ​Develop skills of reading with understanding, analysis, and argument, written communication and oral discussion, and coherent expression of their own responses to texts.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Class and the Ancient World (CLAH202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    ​This module deals with class in Greek and Roman antiquity. Students taking this module will cover a range of topics and types of ancient evidence.

    Learning Outcomes

    Successful students will be familiar with a range of ancient evidence that relates to the study of class in the ancient world.

    ​Successful students will improve their understanding of modern scholarly debate and concepts that relate to the study of class in the ancient world.

  • Herodotus, Persia and the Greeks (CLAH207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • The aim of this module is to introduce students to Herodotus'' Histories, the first major piece of historical prose to survive from antiquity.
    • ​Through an analysis of the Histories alongside a range of other (Egyptian, Persian) evidence to explore the historical societies for which his work is central evidence. The module focuses on the Persian empire and its expansion through Asia and the Mediterranean World; culminating in the Persian wars of 490-79 BC.
    • To examine in depth a number of key themes in Herodotus'' Histories: for example, his representation of foreign peoples, or of Athenian or Persian imperialism, the role of religion in the Histories, and the causes of the Persian wars.​
    Learning Outcomes​Good knowledge of the contents of Herodotus ​Histories, and the intellectual, social and cultural environment from which the work arose.

    ​Understanding of the issues to be addressed in using Herodotus'' ​Histories as a historical source.

    ​Knowledge of the history and institutions of the Persian Empire and of the range of non-Greek sources available for its study

    Basic understanding of the cultural similarities and differences between the Greek world and the Ancient Near-East and the prejudices that coloured their reactions one to another

  • Politics of the Past in the Ancient World (CLAH200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module seeks to introduce a range of written and material sources through which histories of the ancient world were narrated in the Near East, Greece and Rome: for example, historiography, biography, poetry, philosophy, oratory, inscriptions and monuments. The module will explore the methods and techniques by and purposes for which histories were ​​​​​​​​​created ​​​by those with power and those commenting on or challenging it. It will ​examine the political functions of historical narratives, including ​​the exploration of issues surrounding political power and ​ideology in antiquity and today.

    The module will allow students to ​​​investigate the dynamics of political power in the ancient world, especially in Greece and Rome, and ​​​build understanding of political phenomena​​​​​​​​​ and events, e.g. kingship, tyranny, democracy, imperialism, civil war, and revolt, from a comparative perspective.

       

    Learning Outcomes

    ​To be aware of different ''historical'' sources from antiquity for politics in the ancient world, ​​and to compare their character, contents, contexts and purposes.

    ​To understand the active role of history in conversations and debates about politics, from antiquity to today.

    ​​To ​​build ​​​knowledge of political events, individuals involved in politics, and debates about political issues and ideologies in the ancient world, and to compare modern scholars'' perspectives on them.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Ancient Greek IIa (CLAH503)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • To improve student knowledge, confidence and competence in reading written documents and literature from ancient Greece in the original language, working with the coursebook and unadapted (''real'') texts.

  • ​To expand understanding of the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences, guiding students through the passive voice, optative mood, relative pronouns, -mi verbs, new types of adjectives, comparative and superlative adverbs, the genitive absolute, indirect speech and conditional sentences.

  • To consolidate students'' ability to use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning, including the Greek-English lexicon.

  • ​To prepare students for research with texts written in ancient Greek, and to better equip them for the study of ancient Greek literature, society and culture.

  • Learning Outcomes

    To identify more complex features in the shape and structure of ancient Greek language, including compound sentences, and to develop a strong command of vocabulary.

    ​To understand and translate setences and passages of ancient Greek from the course book and ancient texts.

    ​To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning, including the Greek-English lexicon.

    To be familiar with short passages from selected ancient texts and start to become aware of language choice from the perspective of author, genre, structure, purpose and socio-historical context.

  • Ancient Greek IIb (CLAH504)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • To improve student knowledge, confidence and competence in reading written documents and literature from ancient Greece in the original language, working with the coursebook and unadapted (''real'') texts.

  • ​To expand understanding of the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences, guiding students through the perfect and the pluperfect tenses, the subjunctive mood, select optatives and -mi verbs, -teos verb-forms, and more complex sentence constructions such as conditional sentences, indirect speech (introducing the sequence of tenses), purpose clauses, indefinite clauses, and deliberative questions.

  • ​To consolidate students'' ability to use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning, including the Greek-English lexicon.

  • ​To prepare students for independent research with texts written in ancient Greek, and to better equip them for the study of ancient Greek literature, society and culture. 

  • Learning Outcomes

    To master the core morphology, grammar and syntax of ancient Greek language, and develop a strong command of vocabulary.

    ​To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and ancient texts.

    ​To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources (including the Greek-English lexicon) for language learning.

    ​To be familiar with short passages from selected ancient texts and start to become aware of language choice from the perspective of author, genre, structure, purpose and socio-historical context.

  • Ancient Greek IIIa (CLAH505)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • ​To improve comprehension, competence and confidence in reading and translating ancient Greek languauge.

  • ​To consolidate and expand knowledge of the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences by reading ancient texts.

  • ​To familiarize students with resources for developing their understanding, including the Greek-English lexicon, grammar books, and commentaries.

  • To foster strategies for consolidating knowledge and understanding for independent learning.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    To read and translate passages of ancient Greek texts independently, recognizing features of the language, i.e. vocabulary, grammar and syntax.

    ​To build knowledge of the shape and structure of ancient Greek language.

    ​To undertake linguistic, literary, genre-based, and contextual analysis of written texts from ancient Greece.

    ​To be familiar with resources and strategies for independent study of ancient Greek language.

  • Ancient Greek IIIb (CLAH506)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • To improve comprehension, competence and confidence in reading and translating ancient Greek language, with increasing speed and accuracy. 

  • ​To consolidate and expand knowledge of the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences by reading ancient texts, reflecting actively on possible translations.

  • ​To increase student ability to use resources for developing their understanding, including the Greek-English lexicon, grammar books, and commentaries.

  • ​To foster strategies for translation by reflecting consciously on methods and processes, through the prism of existing translations and personal experience.

  • Learning Outcomes

    To read and translate passages of ancient Greek texts indepedently with increasing fluidity and accuracy, recognizing features of the language, i.e. vocabular, grammar and syntax.

    ​To build knowledge of the shape and structure of ancient Greek language.

    ​To undertake linguistic, literary, genre-based, and contextual analysis of written texts from ancient Greece.

    ​To be familiar with resources and strategies for independent study and translation of ancient Greek language.

  • Rebuilding Troy (CLAH211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • To familiarize students with a range of source material, ancient and modern, that engages with and creates myths of Troy.
    • ​To introduce students to methods of analysis for evaluating ‘receptions’ of Troy within and beyond antiquity.
    • ​To examine the generic, narrative, aesthetic, and socio-political features and contexts for individual versions of the Trojan myth, with a view to understanding their historical significance.
    • ​To understand the contingency, fluidity and malleability of Troy as imagined by cultures from antiquity to today and the various purposes new retellings of Trojan narratives serve.
    Learning Outcomes

    To become aware of and be able to account for the diversity of Trojan narratives in different media (including epic, sculpture, figured pottery, tragedy, inscriptions, painting, film), from a range of periods.

     

    To understand the terminology and methods of ‘reception’ studies, and analyse material from a receptions perspective.

    ​To be able to identify how Trojan narratives are defined by compositional (e.g. generic, narrative, aesthetic), social and political issues.

    To recognize the significance of Troy in the imagination of antique and post-antique cultures.

  • Politics & the Architecture of Power in 5th Century Bc Athens (CLAH220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims
    • The module aims to approach fifth-century Athenian history and archaeology by investigating contemporary or near-contemporary  monuments, public spaces and lieterary representations in Athens of cultural and political life during a period of democratic imperialism that characterised the city between the Persian Wars and the fall of the Empire in 403 BC.
    • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the possible relationships and issues in exploring political power, wealth, and the development of culture.
    • ​To provide an appreciation of the built environment of Athenian fifth century political life: the role of finance in the state, the use of public writing.
    • In the final third of the module you will investigate the influence of the ancient world on the development of later political systems and the infrastructure of democracies, including the construction of contemporary democratic spaces. You will also learn about the principal forms of Greek architecture and art along with their stylistic development and socio-political context.
    • ​To improve students'' critical analysis of primary sources, their writing of critical and analytical essays, and their presentation skills; and their engagement with spatial data.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will possess an improved idea of the ‘narrative’ of imperial Athens;

    Students should be familiar with key episodes and with written and visual evidence that reflects interaction between the political environment (discrete events and political ideologies) and culture.​

    ​Students should be able to read and evaluate written and visual documents produced in Athens and be aware of the problems they may present as sources.

    ​Students will be able to write coherent and well - argued essays, and prepare presentations, making use of documentary evidence and modern studies.​

  • Women in Antiquity (CLAH251)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To acquire knowledge and understanding of the lives and experiences of women, and expectations for and attitudes towards them, in ancient Greece and Rome.

  • ​To undertake analysis of a wide range of ancient sources with a view to understanding representations of women in their historical contexts and to evaluate their historical significance.

  • ​To become familiar with methods for and issues driving the study of women in antiquity today.

  • Learning Outcomes

    To understand the lives and experiences of women in ancient Greece and Rome, and the expectations for and attitudes towards them.

    ​To become familiar with a wide variety of ancient literature and art, and show sensitivity to issues of genre and context when using this material to answer questions about women in antiquity.

    To apply methods of analysis to critically interpret and evaluate women in a wide variety of written and visual material.

  • Rome in the Late Republic (CLAH268)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • The aim of the module is to introduce you to the key social, religious, and political practices or institutions governing communal and private life in the Rome of the Late Republic and acquaint you with the variety of written and archaeological evidence.

  • ​The module also aims to familiarize you with the current debates and controversies on the driving actors and factors of imperial expanison, on agricultural change in the second century, or the political transformation of the Republic.

  • Learning OutcomesKnowledge of the social, economic, and political institutions of the Late Republic and to be able to summarize the impact of imperial expansion on these institutions.

    ​ A critical understanding of current scholarly debates

    ​The capacity to critically read, contextualise, and interpret documentary and literary evidence

    ​The ability to write a coherent essay on a set topic  based on the critical analysis of written evidence and an awareness of current scholarship,

    The acquisition of written/oral communication and presentation skills, time management, and team working capabilities

  • Nature and VIrtue: Ancient Ethics (CLAH299)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • ​​To familiarise the students with the core ethical concepts and terminology relevant to Greco-Roman antiquity
    • To familiarise the students with the main ideas of ancient philosophical ethics
    • To widen the students'' knowledge and understanding of ancient literature and thought
    • ​To stimulate reflection on ethical values in historical context(s)
    • ​To stimulate evaluation of academic writing on topics relevant to the module
    Learning OutcomesThe students should be able to illustrate and discuss ethical situations found in select Greco-Roman texts
    ​​The students should be able to recognise and distinguish between the alternative ethical systems advanced by ancient philosophers
    ​​The students should be able to construct interpretation of and comparison between ethical outlooks attested for Greco-Roman antiquity 

    ​The students should be able to analyse and evaluate knowledge, structure and stylistic quality of academic writing on topics relevant to the module

  • Latin IIa (CLAH403)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in CLAH 401-402 to cover further elements of Latin Grammar, phonology and morphology and their terminologies, the analysis of further compound sentence structure, translation of sentences from and into Latin, short passages from Latin, and preparation of sections of continuous reading material.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse complex sentences in English and Latin, and to read and translate short passages of Latin prose. They will become more aware of the differences in structure between two languages. They will be able to translate prepared material of some length, both in writing and orally.

    ​This module is designed to master the following transferable skills:

    Knowledge:
    recall morphological sets, grammatical rules, and vocabulary

    Understanding:
    Be able to to use morphology and rules to transalte sentences and passages accurately
    Be aware of un_English word order principles
    Be aware of un-English pronoun usage
    Be aware of un-English sound
    Be aware of different sociological frames for some lexical items
    Be able to use principle translation strategies (top down-bottom up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase building; prediction; chunking)
    Be aware of different learning methods

    ​Students who take this module will revise basic forms and constructions and further be trained in the use of:

    subjunctive in indirect speech

    gerunds

    gerundives

    impersonal verbs

    scansion of hexameters

    word accentuation

     

  • Latin IIb (CLAH404)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in CLAH 403 to cover further elements of Latin Grammar, phonology and morphology and their terminologies, the analysis of further compound sentence structure, translation of sentences from and into Latin, short passages from Latin, and preparation of sections of continuous reading material.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who take this module will be able to use traditional grammar to analyse complex sentences in English and Latin to read a set text comprising a representative sample of Augustan Latin verse, and to read and translate short passages of unseen Latin prose. They will become more aware of the differences in structure between two languages. They will be able to translate prepared material of some length, both in writing and orally

    ​This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills:

    Knowledge: recall morphological sets, grammatical rules, and vocabulary
    Understanding: Be able to to use morphology and rules to use morphology and rules to translate sentences and passages accurately; Be aware of un-English word order principles; Be aware of un-English pronoun usage; Be aware of un-English sound; Be aware of different sociological frames for some lexical items; Be able to use principle translation strategies (top down-bottom up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase building; prediction; chunking); Be aware of different learning methods.

    ​Students who take this module will revise basic forms and constructions and further be trained in the use of:

    Prevention clausesimpersonal passivesgeneric subjunctivescansion of elegiac couplets and word accentuation
  • Latin IVa (CLAH423)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • This module consolidates knowledge of grammar and syntax from CLAH 405-406 (or equivalent level of study elsewhere) and seeks:
      To enhance comprehension, competence and confidence in reading Latin at an advanced level
    • ​To strengthen and extend knowledge of the shape and structure of Latin by reading ancient texts.
    • ​To enable students to develop their understanding through independent use of lexicons, grammar books, and commentaries
    • ​To enable students to conduct independent research using Latin texts.It involves not only (i) the translation of passages from and into Latin, but also (ii) the study of a book of late Republican or AugustanLatin literature  to be determined in each year.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who take this module will improve their ability to use traditional grammar to analyze sentences.

    ​Students will improve their ability to translate unseen passages of Latin.

    ​Students will improve their ability to read and translate a work of late Republican or Augustan Latin literature

    ​Students will begin to be able to place literary texts in their social and literary background and recognise characteristic features of their linguistic style.

  • Latin IVb (CLAH424)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • This module consolidates knowledge of grammar and syntax from CLAH
      423 and seeks further:
      To enhance comprehension, competence and confidence in reading Latin at an advanced level.
    • ​To strengthen and extend knowledge of the shape and structure of Latin by
      reading ancient texts
    • ​To enable students to develop their understanding through independent use of lexicons, grammar books, and commentaries
    • ​To enable students to conduct independent research using Latin texts
      It involves not only (i) the translation of passages from and into Latin, but
      also (ii) the study of a book of Augustan lyric or satire.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who take this module will improve their ability to use traditional grammar to analyze sentences.


    ​Students will improve their ability to translate unseen passages of Latin

    ​Student will be able to read and translate a book of Augustan lyric or satire, placing it in its social and literary background and recognising characteristic features of its linguistic style.

  • Ancient Greek IVa (CLAH523)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • To develop skills in reading and translation to an advanced level, through continued reinforcement of knowledge and skills in Greek grammar, phonology and morphology, by reading an extended section (approx. 1,000 lines) of an ancient text: Sophocles'' Trachiniae.

  • ​To encourage detailed engagement with the play, drawing upon modern scholarly comment to enhance individual analysis.

  • ​To build awareness of stylistic, linguistic, dramatic and thematic features of Sophocles'' Trachiniae, as an example of Athenian tragedy and as a product of its social, political and historical context.

  • Learning Outcomes

    To read and translate ancient Greek texts (seen and unseen passages) independently with fluency and accuracy, using the Greek-English lexicon and modern commentaries to develop a nuanced understanding of linguistic and grammatical issues.

    To be able to respond intellectually (orally and in writing) to Sophocles'' Trachiniae, giving attention to issues like linguistic and stylistic register, literary allusion, metre, dramatic design, and literary function.

    ​To understand features of ancient Greek tragedy, by exploring the linguistic and literary character, themes and social, political and historical contexts of Sophocles'' play.

  • Ancient Greek IVb (CLAH524)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • To develop skills in reading and translation to an advanced level, through continued reinforcement of knowledge and skills in Greek grammar, phonology and morphology, by reading extended sections (approx. 1,000 lines) of an ancient text: Herodotus, Histories.
    • ​To encourage detailed engagement with Herodotus'' work as a literary and historical text, drawing upon modern scholarly comment to enhance individual analysis.
    • ​To build awareness of stylistic, linguistic and thematic features of Herodotus'' Histories, and to understand the methods and character of the first written history.
    Learning OutcomesTo read and translate ancient Greek texts (seen and unseen passages) independently with fluency and accuracy, using the Greek-English lexicon and modern commentaries to develop a nuanced understanding of linguistic and grammatical issues.

    ​To be able to respond intellectually (orally and in writing) to Herodotus'' Histories, giving attention to issues like linguistic and stylistic register, dialect, and literary and historical methods.

    ​To understand features of ancient Greek history-writing, by exploring the linguistic and literary character, themes, methods, and social, political and historical contexts of the Histories.

  • Ancient Greek Language IIb (CLAH654)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    1. ​To improve student knowledge, confidence and competence in reading written documents and literature from ancient Greece in the original language, working with the coursebook and unadapted (''real'') texts. 
    2. ​To expand understanding of the shape and structure of ancient Greek words and sentences, guiding students through the perfect and the pluperfect tenses, the subjunctive mood, select optatives and -mi verbs, -teos verb-forms, and more complex sentence constructions such as conditional sentences, indirect speech (introducing the sequence of tenses), purpose clauses, indefinite clauses, and deliberative questions.

    3. ​To consolidate students'' ability to use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning, including the Greek-English lexicon. 
    4. ​To prepare students for independent research with texts written in ancient Greek, and to better equip them for the study of ancient Greek literature, society and culture. 
    Learning Outcomes

    To master the core morphology, grammar and syntax of ancient Greek language, and develop a strong command of vocabulary.

    ​​To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and ancient texts. ​​To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources (including the Greek-English lexicon) for language learning.​ ​To be familiar with short passages from selected ancient texts and start to become aware of language choice from the perspective of author, genre, structure, purpose and socio-historical context. 
  • Ovid's Metamorphoses (CLAH212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    • This module sets out to explore Ovid''s Metamorphoses: one of the most influential and important works of Latin literature, it encompasses myth and history, and exemplifies Ovid''s narrative and poetic modes.
    • Students will gain a good knowledge of this poem by reading it in detail.
    • Students will be able to set the poem in its literary and socio-historical context, and to account for its distinctive and inherited features.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain a sound knowledge of the central text, the Metamorphoses, alongside a range of other literary and cultural material, including Ovid''s earlier works. They will develop their ability to read and interpret an ancient literary text in detail, and to assess other interpretations of that text in later scholarship. Students will be able to place the Metamorphoses in its wider literary and cultural context, and will be encouraged to reflect upon the poem''s importance for our understanding of the use of myth in antiquity and in later periods. Using the knowledge obtained through lectures, and through selecting and synthesizing information in independent study, students will develop both their written and oral communication skills, in order to construct coherent, relevant and persuasive arguments.

    The module also enables students to foster transferable skills (not all of which are directly tested in the assessment), e.g. :  Information: access, recall, and select factual information about: author, corpus, literary, cultural, historical, and social context. Knowledge acquisition: finding own factual material

     

    ​Analysis: be able to relate specific cases to broader contexts. Identify typical/characteristic and individual/distinctive features. Use appropriate measuring/comparative units and techniques. Assess conflicting evidence/viewpoints. Assess comparative merits of evidence-quanta. Identify with another culture and be aware of difference. Set own understanding in context of scholarly literature. Assimilate own knowledge findings with broader picture

     

    ​Communication: convey propositions clearly in appropriate style and with fit structures. Efficient use of punctuation and grammar, topic sentences, introduction, conclusion. Use evidence with good references. Prioritize/profile arguments in terms of relative importance/productiveness

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation (CLAH450)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • The purpose of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the student can identify and critically explore a research-related issue or problem.

  • Students will work independently to design and conduct a scheme of work to answer a chosen research question.​

  • Students will assemble and analyse both academic literature (references) and primary evidence (sources) to explore their chosen research question.​

  • Students will present a coherent set of data and arguments in order to analyse and interpret evidence relevant to their research question.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, students will be able to use appropriate research tools and techniques.

    By the end of the module, students will be able to present information and interpretations clearly and systematically, and produce a text written and presented to a professional standard.​

    By the end of the module, students will be able to cite sources and use appropriate academic conventions for referencing them.​

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Augustus and the Foundation of Empire (CLAH301)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide an understanding of the history, politics, and culture of Augustan Rome and its empire, through rigorous study of literary, documentary, and archaeological evidence and modern bibliography.

    Learning Outcomes

    Through lectures, tutorials, discussion, and written assessments (essay and examination), students who complete this course of study will acquire: an understanding of Augustan Rome and its empire.

    ​A practical familiarity with the direct handling of evidence and the problems of interpreting such evidence.

    ​An understanding of ideology and rhetoric in the visual and written sources of the Augustan age.

    ​An understanding of the different perspectives from which it can be viewed.

  • The Seven Against Thebes: Statius, Thebaid (CLAH305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
    • To introduce students to post-Augustan literature and Introduction to Statius.
    • To introduce the twelve books of the Thebaid
    • To examine politics in the Thebaid, Violence,Intertextuality in the Thebaid , Gods and heroes in the Thebaid, Closure in Ancient Epic
    Learning Outcomes

    Successful students will be familiar with the content of the Thebaid.

    ​Develop an understanding of the poem and a sense of wider literary issues surrounding Latin epic

    Improve their ability to engage in informed private reading (applying the content of the lectures and seminars to their set text) and to express their own insights and responses both in close reading of particular passages (in the summative commentary exercise and the commentaries in the examination) and in framing an argument and discussion on a wider topic (in class discussions and in the examination essay).
  • Rules for the Muse: Ancient Literary Criticism (CLAH314)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • ​To familiarise the students with the history and principles of literary criticism in Greco-Roman antiquity
  • ​​To widen the students'' knowledge and understanding of ancient literature and thought
  • ​To stimulate reflection on interpretative approaches and practices

  • ​To stimulate evaluative juxtaposition of layered primary material and modern scholarship
  • Learning OutcomesThe students should be able to describe, illustrate, and appraise the methods and procedures used by literary critics of Greco-Roman antiquity

    ​The students should be able to comprehend, contextualise, and evaluate the appropriateness and validity of the ancient interpretative efforts

    ​​The students should be able to construct interpretation of and comparison between critical approaches attested for Greco-Roman antiquity
    ​​The students should be competent in coordinating distinct sets of sources intelligently and analytically
  • Rome's West: Life in Provincial and Italian Communities, 27bc-ad 250 (CLAH357)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • To provide students with an elementary introduction to the current debates on political, social, economic, and cultural integration of conquered communities into the Roman Empire ("Romanization"); an understanding of the governmental actors, local elites, and political bodies structuring social and economic life in the provinces and in Italy; and knowledge of local modes of adapting or resisting Roman cultural and social practices.

  • ​Students will also acquire knowledge of

    · different types, contents, and archaeological contexts of Latin inscriptions; · of the basic research instruments and bibliography; · and gain an understanding of the function of inscriptions as vital part of public self-presentation and problems related with reading and interpreting these sources.
  • Learning Outcomes

    An understanding of social and political structures in the western provinces and the primary evidence.

    ​Knowledge of the ‘Romanization’ debate and critical understanding of current approaches.

    ​The capacity to critically analyse literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence.

    The ability to write a coherent essay using  literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence and present a reasoned argument.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Your learning will flourish through lectures, seminar discussions, practical classes, oral presentations and tutorial sessions, encompassing both individual study and group work. You’ll be working with a wide range of evidence including ancient texts in translation and physical remains. Students on archaeological programmes may have the opportunity to take placements in the Garstang Museum of Archaeology or National Museums Liverpool. Single Honours, Major and Joint Honours students can develop an individual piece of research on a topic of your own by undertaking a dissertation in the final year. An academic adviser will help you focus on and hone the topic, and meet with you regularly to discuss progress and direction. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in archaeology and/or museology. With staff engaged at excavations in Turkey, Southern Africa, Egypt, Greece and Sicily (to name a few), many of our students have been able to gain their experience further afield.