Ancient History BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V110
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • 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 weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) To be familiar with a number of myths circulating in ancient Greece and to appreciate their social, religious, and political dimensions.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) To gain knowledge of a range of literary, artistic and archaeological evidence, and use it for learning about Greek society.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) To show some awareness of the cultural and social context of these events

    (LO3) To show some awareness of relevant source material

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Using library resources effectively

    (S5) Creating bibliographies

  • 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

    (LO1) Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to analyse examples of ancient visual culture from a range of different perspectives.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Students will be able to assess the relative contribution and importance of visual culture to the wider picture of the ancient world.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

  • 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 students 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 students 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 students 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 analysis in written and in oral form.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) Accustomed to using a variety of primary and secondary material to answer (and formulate) historical questions relating to political events, warfare, society and culture.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S5) Information skills - Evaluation

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

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

    (LO1) To identify basic features in the shape and structure of ancient Greek language and to develop a strong command of encountered vocabulary.

    (LO2) To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and 'real' texts.

    (LO3) To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources to study ancient Greek (and other foreign languages) successfully.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Language skills: Identifying components in a sentence and how they relate to one another, and knowing how to translate them

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Working in groups and teams: Problem solving

  • Ancient Greek Ib (CLAH502)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    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; 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; 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and 'real' texts.

    (LO3) To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources to study ancient Greek (and other foreign languages) successfully.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Language skills: Identifying components in a sentence and how they relate to one another, and knowing how to translate them

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Working in groups and teams: Problem solving

  • Bronze Age Civilizations: Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean (ALGY106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East and Aegean from ca. 4,000 to 800 BC;

    To familiarize students with the causes and consequences of the world's earliest examples of urbanization, state-formation, literacy and imperialism and the role that geography, culture and history played in this diversity;

    To introduce students to the possibilities and problems of combining the evidence from ancient texts and archaeological materials to produce interpretations of developments in the past.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students successfully completing the module will achieve a basic understanding of the archaeological record of Mesopotamia and the Aegean from ca. 4,000-800 BC, and a particular appreciation of the important evidence this region supplies for issues of global significance, such as the origins of writing, urbanism, state-formation, and imperialism.

    (LO2) Students successfully completing the module will gain significant experience in absorbing, synthesising, and using unfamiliar archaeological and historical evidence for the purposes of investigating questions of general historical and cultural significance.

    (LO3) Students successfully completing the module will further develop their ability to construct and express effective verbal and written argument.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S7) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

  • From VIllage to City: the Origins of Chinese Civilisation (ALGY112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Chinese prehistory and the archaeological record in China 10,000 to 2,000 BC;

    To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of concepts relating to social and political hierarchy, early states, complex economies;

    To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of  archaeological methodologies involved in the appearance of village farming and early urbanism;

    To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of early Chinese social practices and religion.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge of Chinese prehistory and the archaeological record in China 10,000 to 2,000 BC.

    (LO2) Knowledge of concepts relating to social and political hierarchy, early states, complex economies.

    (LO3) Knowledge of archaeological methodologies involved in the appearance of village farming and early urbanism.

    (LO4) Knowledge of early Chinese social practices and religion.

    (S1) Ability to analyze questions

    (S2) Ability to construct a coherent and logical written argument

    (S3) Ability to research a topic in detail and identify key issues

    (S4) Critical reflection on own work in the light of peer review

    (S5) Ability to engage in critical analysis of the arguments of others

    (S6) Ability to contribute to development of oral discussion

  • 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 eat s' ) 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) 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

    (S1) grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

    (S2) awareness of English grammar

    (S3) translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Students who take this module will consolidate knowledge acquired in CLAH401be trained in the use of:relative clausesdemonstrative pronounscomparative and superlative adjectivescomparative and superlative adverbsablative absolutesubjunctive clauses (purpose, result, indirect command, indirect question, conditional, cum + subjunctive)

    (S1) grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

    (S2) awareness of English grammar

    (S3) translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

  • 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The students should be able to discuss Homer's Odyssey (in translation) in an informed manner

    (LO2) The students should be able to extrapolate, illustrate and contextualise cultural and socio-historical issues from the material of the Odyssey

    (LO3) The students should be able to engage with modern scholarship in order to construct interpretation of the ancient text(s) in translation

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S7) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S8) Personal attributes and qualities - Integrity

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S10) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including. referencing skills)

  • 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 two and three.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Acquire some understanding of the concept of genre and literary structures and approaches.

    (LO3) Develop skills of reading with understanding, analysis, and argument, written communication and oral discussion, and coherent expression of their own responses to texts.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) To understand and translate setences and passages of ancient Greek from the course book and ancient texts.

    (LO3) To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources for language learning, including the Greek-English lexicon.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Language skills: Identifying components in a sentence and how they relate to one another, and knowing how to translate them

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Working in groups: Problem solving

  • 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

    (LO1) To master the core morphology, grammar and syntax of ancient Greek language, and develop a strong command of vocabulary.

    (LO2) To understand and translate sentences and passages of ancient Greek from the coursebook and ancient texts.

    (LO3) To use appropriate terminology, methods, techniques and resources (including the Greek-English lexicon) for language learning.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Language skills: Identifying components in a sentence and how they relate to one another, and knowing how to translate them

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Working in groups: Problem solving

  • 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

    (LO1) Good knowledge of the contents of Herodotus Histories, and the intellectual, social and cultural environment from which the work arose.

    (LO2) Understanding of the issues to be addressed in using Herodotus' Histories as a historical source.

    (LO3) Knowledge of the history and institutions of the Persian Empire and of the range of non-Greek sources available for its study

    (LO4) 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

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

  • 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 CLAH401 and CLAH402 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) This module is designed to master the following transferable skills:Knowledge: to recall morphological sets, grammatical rules, and vocabulary.Understanding: to be able to to use morphology and rules to transalte sentences and passages accurately. To be aware of un-English word order principles. To be aware of un-English pronoun usage. To be aware of un-English sound. To be aware of different sociological frames for some lexical items. To be able to use principle translation strategies (top down-bottom up; information sequencing; need-to-know; phrase building; prediction; chunking). To be aware of different learning methods.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

    (S2) awareness of English Grammar

    (S3) translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

  • 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 CLAH403 to cover further elemen ts 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

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) This module is designed to foster the following transferable skills: Knowledge: recall morphological sets, grammatical rules, and vocabularyUnderstanding: 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.

    (LO3) Students who take this module will revise basic forms and constructions and further be trained in the use of: Prevention clauses, impersonal passives, generic subjunctive, scansion of elegiac couplets and word accentuation.

    (S1) grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

    (S2) awareness of English Grammar

    (S3) translation skills; awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style

  • Latin IVa (CLAH423)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module consolidates knowledge of grammar and syntax from CLAH405 and CLAH406 (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 the translation of passages from and into Latin, but also the study of a book of late Republican or Augustan Latin literature to be determined in each year.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students who take this module will improve their ability to use traditional grammar to analyze sentences.

    (LO2) Students will improve their ability to translate unseen passages of Latin.

    (LO3) Students will improve their ability to read and translate a work of late Republican or Augustan Latin literature

    (LO4) Students will begin to be able to place literary texts in their social and literary background and recognise characteristic features of their linguistic style.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Translation skills: awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style.

    (S3) Grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • Latin IVb (CLAH424)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module consolidates knowledge of grammar and syntax from CLAH423 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, butalso (ii) the study of a book of post-Augustan Latin literature.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students who take this module will improve their ability to use traditional grammar to analyze sentences.

    (LO2) Students will improve their ability to translate unseen passages of Latin

    (LO3) Students will be able to read and translate a book of post-Augustan Latin literature, placing it in its social and literary background and recognising characteristic features of its linguistic style.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Translation skills: awareness of translation strategies and appropriateness of style.

    (S3) Grammatical skill (recall and application of morphology and syntax)

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) The students should be able to illustrate and discuss ethical situations found in select Greco-Roman texts

    (LO2) The students should be able to recognise and distinguish between the alternative ethical systems advanced by ancient philosophers

    (LO3) The students should be able to construct interpretation of and comparison between ethical outlooks attested for Greco-Roman antiquity

    (LO4) The students should be able to analyse and evaluate knowledge, structure and stylistic quality of academic writing on topics relevant to the module

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S9) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Ovid's Metamorphoses (CLAH212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond 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

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) 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

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Politics & the Architecture of Power in 5th Century Bc Athens (CLAH220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to approach fifth-century Athenian history and archaeology by investigating contemporary or near-contemporary monuments, public spaces and literary 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

    (LO1) Students will possess an improved idea of the ‘narrative’ of imperial Athens;

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) Students will be able to write coherent and well - argued essays, and prepare presentations, making use of documentary evidence and modern studies.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S5) Information skills - Critical reading

  • 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, eg kingship, tyranny, democracy, imperialism, civil war, and revolt, from a comparative perspective .

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To be aware of different 'historical' sources from antiquity for politics in the ancient world, and to compare their character, contents, contexts and purposes.

    (LO2) To understand the active role of history in conversations and debates about politics, from antiquity to today.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

  • 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

    (LO1) 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), f rom a range of periods.

    (LO2) To understand the terminology and methods of ‘reception’ studies, and analyse material from a receptions perspective.

    (LO3) To be able to identify how Trojan narratives are defined by compositional (e.g. generic, narrative, aesthetic), social and political issues.

    (LO4) To recognize the significance of Troy in the imagination of antique and post-antique cultures.

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S4) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

  • Rome in the Late Republic (CLAH268)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aim of the module is to introduce students to the key social, religious, and political practices or institutions governing communal and private life in the Rome of the Late Republic and acquaint them with the variety of written and archaeological evidence;

    The module also aims to familiarize students 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge 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.

    (LO2) A critical understanding of current scholarly debates

    (LO3) The capacity to critically read, contextualise, and interpret documentary and literary evidence

    (LO4) 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,

    (LO5) The acquisition of written / oral communication and presentation skills, time management, and team working capabilities

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S6) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

  • Ruling the Roman Empire (CLAH261)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce to students how the Roman Empire worked;

    To introduce students to the main institutions of government, finance, and commerce;

    To introduce students to a wide range of historical sources, with the aim to develop their skills of synthesis, interpretation, and, through coursework and exams, historical argument.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the institutions of government in the Roman Empire, of differing social groups within the empire, and of the financial, agricultural and economic life of the Roman world.

    (LO2) Students will be able to show the ability to read and analyse a range of ancient primary evidence, be aware of instances were this evidence is controversial or contradictory, and be able to deploy such evidence in answer to historical questions.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to present historical argument in both oral and written form.

    (LO4) Students will be able to show an understanding of recent and appropriate theoretical approaches to the study of the Roman Empire.

    (LO5) Students will develop transferable skills (not all directly assessed) such as note-taking skills, analytical reading, synthesize and analyze historical evidence, an awareness of controversy in modern literature, lucid and detailed written argument, and time management.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

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

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will be able to use appropriate research tools and techniques.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) By the end of the module, students will be able to cite sources and use appropriate academic conventions for referencing them.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

Year Three Optional Modules

  • More Than Civil Wars: Lucan's Epic of Rome (CLAH327)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The module aims to give students an understanding of Lucan's Civil War; and of its place in the epic tradition. (Students are required to have taken CLAH102, since prior knowledge of Virgil's Aeneid is required.)

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Successful students will be familiar with the content of the Civil War.

    (LO2) Develop an understanding of the poem and a sense of wider literary issues surrounding Latin epic

    (LO3) Improve 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).

    (S1) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Screening Antiquity (CLAH330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module introduces students to the reception of antiquity on screen.  As well as enabling students to build knowledge and understanding of key strategies and themes in the representation of ancient Greece and Rome in film, television and video games, it encourages them to develop theoretical approaches and analytical skills for evaluating their shape and significance.  Over the course of the module, students become active critics of the depiction of the ancient world in popular culture.  Through the Group Project, they have an opportunity to produce a written scene for an ancient world film of their own invention and to reflect critically on their own creative processes. For students in Ancient History, Classics and Classical Studies, this module advances perspectives and understanding developed during CLAH 200 Politics of the Past and CLAH 211 Rebuilding Troy, by exploring the representation of the ancient history and myth in contemporary contexts.  Students on the Film Studies pathway will bring their methodological know-how and subject expertise to bear on a distinctive 'genre' of film, reaching out to the related media of television and video games.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop knowledge and understanding of the range, character, and inter-relationships of representations of the ancient world on screen, i.e. in the popular audio-visual media of film, television and video games and, hence, in the Western cultural imagination

    (LO2) To appreciate how the representation of ancient Greece and Rome on screen is informed by developments in technology and responds to and impacts upon contemporary politics and society

    (LO3) To acquire and apply theoretical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the reception of antiquity on screen, with attention to adaptation, translation and intertextuality (between ancient and modern material, and between genres and media)

    (LO4) To acquire and apply theoretical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the reception of antiquity on screen, with attention to technical and formal properties of audio-visual media and their representational strategies

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Syria: From Alexander the Great to Constantine and His Successors (CLAH358)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims to provide the student with knowledge on the history, society, and religion of Syria not only by looking at textual evidence but monuments and iconography as well.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge of history, society, and religion in Hellenistic and Roman Syria

    (LO2) Understanding complexity of cultural interactions

    (LO3) Understanding role of power in shaping adaption / adoption of (distinct / foreign) culture

    (LO4) Capacity to analyse texts and iconographic material

    (S1) Communication (oral, written, visual)

    (S2) Research skills - all information skills

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S4) Time and project management — Personal organisation

  • The Age of Justinian (CLAH356)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module aims to examine the age of the Emperor Justinian, a fascinating period which is particularly well-attested through a number of different sources;

    To shed light on features such as the life of a Late Classical court, diplomatic relations between great powers,religious conflict and change;

    To trace the processes that changed the ancient world of late antiquity in the 6th century AD, which is a period of transition and change, in which the beginning of the Medieval Mediterranean took shape.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Successful students will be able to evaluate a range of ancient evidence that relates to the study of the emperor Justinian and his era.

    (LO2) Successful students will be able to evaluate a range of ancient evidence that relates to the study of the wider Mediterranean world and the Near East during the era of Justinian.

    (LO3) Successful students will have a strong understanding of modern scholarly debate and concepts that relate to the study of the emperor Justinian and his era.

    (LO4) Successful students will have a strong understanding of modern scholarly debate and concepts that relate to the study of the wider Mediterranean world and the Near East during the era of Justinian

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S3) Research skills - All information skills

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 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 currently engaged at excavations in Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Zambia (to name a few), many of our students have been able to gain their experience further afield.