Classical Language and Texts: Latin III (CLA1254)

StaffDr Nicolo' D'Alconzo -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesLatin A Level, CLA1252/2252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • This module aims to study set texts, Latin language work and the practice of literary criticism together in a single integrated module.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a basic grasp of Latin language both through translation from and into Latin and through the close study of number of prose and verse texts.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. Identify, describe and manipulate a range of linguistic forms and structures
  • 3. With guidance, interpret and analyse works from an advanced literary culture of an earlier era

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 4. With guidance, be able to work out the meaning of complex, demanding texts and to apply linguistic skill by writing in an ancient language
  • 5. Demonstrate an ability, in their preparation, for independent study, as well as the ability to work in groups in literary discussion and in working on translation and grammar

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Each week the 3 classes will be divided as appropriate between the following a) close reading pre-prepared sections of the set text and tackling difficult passages, b) discussing secondary literature and key themes of the set text, c) practicing unseen translation, including the related “beta texts” and tackling advanced grammar issues. An overview of the class schedules will be discussed at the start of each term, and guidance will be provided about the required preparation for each class.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching663 x 1 hour classes per week
Guided independent study234Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Prepared language assignmentsWeekly1-5Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Two essays302000 words each (15% each)1-5Mark and written comments
Two unseen tests20In-class1-5Mark and written comments
Exam503 hours1-5Mark and written comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssaysEssays1-5Referral/Deferral period
ExaminationExamination1-5Referral/Deferral period
TestsTests1-5Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Two texts, to be confirmed by the module tutor. Students will be given a list of beta texts to be read in conjunction with these works by the lecturer.

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Key words search

Classics, Latin, Language