Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
College College Arts and Law
School History and Cultures
Department Classics, AH and Archaeology
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Classics Full-time
Programme Code 224B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme To enable students to develop proficiency in Ancient Greek and Latin relevant to an understanding and appreciation of the literature and culture of Greece and Rome.

To develop systematic knowledge and understanding of core aspects of Greek and Roman cultures, with a focus on their literature and thought, informed, where appropriate by the forefront of research in the discipline; to foster critical engagement with these cultures and with the scholarship associated with them; to encourage awareness of the issues involved in studying other cultures and of the similarities and differences between ancient cultures and our own.

To enable students to develop a range of critical approaches to ancient literature, and a broad knowledge of Greek and Roman literary texts.

To give students the opportunity to explore aspects of the exceptional range of the subject area, which can extend to the cultures of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East at one end, and from Britain to North Africa at the other, and can include the transformation of the classical world into the cultures of Christianity and Byzantium, and the language and literature of Modern Greece.

To foster a range of academic and personal skills which will produce graduates prepared for employment or further study, namely: effective communication skills, both written and oral.

To produce adaptable and mentally agile graduates who possess the qualities and skills necessary to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility; to make decisions in complex contexts; to undertake further training or research in a variety of professional contexts.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
1. Latin and Greek language: by the end of the programme students are able to translate passages of Greek and Latin at sight, and to apply their linguistic proficiency to creative close-reading and interpretation of texts in the original languages.

2. Core aspects of Greek and Roman literature and the methods associated with its study: students demonstrate familiarity with the stylistic and generic range of Greek/Latin texts, a detailed knowledge of particular areas, and an ability to analyse them critically and creatively.

3. Aspects of the reception and/or interpretation of material culture of either Greece or Rome: students demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on their own experience of Greek or Roman archaeological sites, museum displays or artefacts, and/or the history of their reception, and/or their relationship with the ancient literary culture of the relevant country.

4. Selected aspects of Greek and Roman history, art and archaeology, society, religion or philosophy, or the reception of classical antiquity: students demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on and engage with selected aspects and/periods beyond the literary and linguistic.
1. Set texts reading seminars; translation practice; unseen translation practice (for Latin). For Greek, depending on prior experience: ab initio intensive training followed by set texts etc as for Latin.

2. Lectures, seminars, workshop sessions, supervised independent research, group research.

3. Independent study tour in Greece or Italy, or where this is not possible equivalent research based in the UK, e.g. in museums or heritage sites.

4. Options and seminars offering a wide range of specialisms, including the chance for students of Classics to explore cognate disciplines such as Byzantine studies, or archaeology.
1. Commentary and translation exams; essay; presentation.

2. Essays, presentations, examination including commentary and essay, independent research.

3. Written and illustrated report or essay.

4. Essays, seminar presentations.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
1. Effective oral presentation skills.

2. Effective written presentation skills.

3. Research skills.

4. Critical judgment and reflection.

5. Ability to argue, extract key information, identify and solve problems.

6. Autonomy, demonstrated in self-direction, self-discipline, intellectual initiative.
1. Seminars, practice presentations, excellent presentation skills modelled by lecturing staff.

2. Practice essay writing with formative feedback.

3. Guided research in year 1 followed by increasing independence leading to dissertation.

4. Modelled in lectures, practised in seminar discussion, evaluated and refined through formative feedback.

5. Modelled in lectures, practised in seminar discussion, evaluated and refined through formative feedback.

6. Modelled in lectures, practised in seminar discussion, evaluated and refined through formative feedback, practised in team and individual research projects.
1. Presentations, in groups and individually.

2. Essay, exam, dissertation, other written assessments.

3. Essay, exam, dissertation, other written assessments, presentations.

4. Essay, exam, dissertation, other written assessments, presentations.

5. Essay, exam, dissertation, other written assessments, presentations.

6. Essay, exam, dissertation, other written assessments, presentations.