Classical Language and Texts: Latin III (CLA1254)

StaffProfessor Rebecca Langlands - Lecturer
Dr Katharine Earnshaw - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level6
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

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 teaching activities66Classes (3 x 1 hour 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
EssaysEssays1-5August refer/defer period
ExamExam1-5August refer/defer period
TestsTests1-5August refer/defer period

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