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BA Classical Civilisation and History

Programme code:BA-CLCV&HISTUCAS code:Q810
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Martin Thomas Contact address:m.thomas@leeds.ac.uk

The programme can be studied on a part-time basis over a period of 6 years.

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The relevant benchmark statement for Classical Civilisation is published by QAA as 'Classics and ancient history (including Byzantine studies and Modern Greek) 2007', and is available online at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/classics.pdf

The relevant benchmark statement for History is published by QAA as 'History 2007', and is available online at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/history07.pdf

Programme specification:

Students on this programme will benefit from contact with leading scholars in their field in both of the partner subjects. The Schools of History and LCS are both internationally recognised research leaders in their fields, with long-established reputations for excellence in research and teaching.

The programme begins with structured foundational study across a small number of compulsory modules, but also offers a high degree of module choice at levels 2 and 3. Students are exposed to a broad range of different fields of study within the two disciplines, innovative assessment methods (e.g. online discussion forums, wikis, student surveys, posters) and a considerable element of research-based learning culminating in an independent research project at level 3.

Students on this programme may apply for transfer to an Industrial or International Degree. Those students who are accepted may participate in one of our Erasmus/Socrates schemes or go to one of a range of universities with which the University of Leeds has established links.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 40 credits in History, 40 credits in Classical Civilisation and 40 credits of Discovery modules. The discovery credits may take the form of either further modules in one or both main subjects or of one or more modules chosen from other subject areas.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules.

HIST1055Historiography and Historical Skills20 creditsSemester 1
HIST1300Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules.

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

CLAS1300The Greek World: an Introduction20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS1610After Troy: Homecoming in Greek Epic and Tragedy20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

CLAS1400The Roman World: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS1620Latin Literature: Republic and Empire20 creditsSemester 2

In addition, candidates may choose to take up to 20 credits of the following optional modules:

CLAS1100Ancient Lives20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS1200Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS1250Intermediate Latin (Level 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS1650Introduction to Classical Archaeology20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS1810Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS1910Beginners Latin20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of Discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects. Of the remaining credits, 20 credits should be taken in one of the named subjects; the final 20 credits may be taken as discovery modules or in either of the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CLAS2800Evidence and Enquiry in Classics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following core optional modules:

CLAS2600Virgil's Aeneid20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2700Homer's Iliad20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2900Ancient Empires: Power and Control20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates may also choose further modules from among the following:

CLAS2120Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2200Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2260Intermediate Latin (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2350Herodotus and the Beginning of History20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2390The Rise of Rome: Myth and History20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2410Roman Comedy20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2430The Ancient Greek Novel20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS2510Pompeii: Past, Present and Future20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS2595Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2650The Image of Sparta20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS2660The Art of Persuasion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2710Plato on Love20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2810Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2890The City in the Roman World20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2910Beginners Latin (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL3045Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB. Not all modules will run in every year.

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following History option modules, including at least one module from each group. These MUST be taken in different semesters.

GROUP A

Candidates are required to study 20 credits from the list below:

HIST2005Rule and Reform under Charlemagne and his Successors, 768-98720 creditsSemester 1
HIST2006Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-100020 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2030The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2031The Crusades and Medieval Christendom20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2035Medieval Masculinities: Sex, Violence and Learning 1000-120020 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2065The Tudors: Princes, Politics, and Piety, 1485-160320 creditsSemester 1
HIST2080Voices of the People: Speech, Language and Oral Culture in Early Modern Europe20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2110The Cult of Saints in Medieval Europe c.400-c.150020 creditsSemester 2
HIST2112Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2115Charles the Great to Alfred the Great: Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the Ninth Century20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2117Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-113520 creditsSemester 2
HIST2120Environment and Environmentalism in Britain, c. 1750-197220 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2121Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour, 1660-187020 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2125Britain and the Atlantic World20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2135Britain and the Industrial Revolution20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2160Queens and Queenship in Medieval Europe, 11th - 15th Centuries20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2170Patient Voices: Medicine and Healthcare in the Middle Ages20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2180Heretics, Witches and Conspirators: Toleration and Persecution in Early Modern Europe20 credits 
HIST2210English History 1066-1216: Creation and Destruction of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2220The Body, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-175020 creditsSemester 2
HIST2305Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-185720 creditsSemester 1
HIST2308Life and Death in British India, 1690-187120 creditsSemester 1
HIST2421Southeast Asia, c. 1350-1880: from Commerce to Conquest20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2433The Global Caribbean, 1756-184820 creditsSemester 1
MEDV2085Medieval Narratives in the Modern World: Nationalism, Terrorism, Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 2

GROUP B

Candidates are required to study 20 credits from the list below:

HIST2077Colonial Encounters: France and its Empire, 1830-194520 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2079The Republic in Crisis: Conflict and Identity in France since 187020 creditsSemester 1
HIST2100Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-186520 creditsSemester 1
HIST2101Victorian England: Aristocracy and Democracy, 1865-190120 creditsSemester 2
HIST2140Imperial Germany 1871-191820 creditsSemester 1
HIST2152Spain, 1898-1936: Disaster, Reaction and Reform20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2195Britain and Decolonisation - from the Western Front to the Present Day20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST229020th Century Britain: The Burdens of Conflict 1900-194520 creditsSemester 1
HIST229120th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-199020 creditsSemester 2
HIST2293Britain in the Shadow of the Second World War, 1938-195420 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2301The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-199320 creditsSemester 2
HIST2309Communist Eastern Europe, 1945-8920 creditsSemester 2
HIST2310Russia under the Romanovs, 1812-191720 creditsSemester 1
HIST2320The Lucky Country? The Social History of Australia in the Twentieth Century20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2353America and the Sixties20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2420Nationalism, Colonialism and 'Religious Violence' in India, 1857-194720 creditsSemester 2
HIST2422Southeast Asia c.1880-1970: From Colonial Rule to Cold War20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2430The History of Africa since 190020 creditsSemester 1
HIST2435The Popular Caribbean: A History20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2441Race, Gender and Cultural Protest in the US since 186520 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2442Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2600Brazil and Cuba from Colonies to Republics20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST2645The Rise of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Present Day20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2653American Business History20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2654Global Business History20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2658Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present20 creditsSemester 1

The following modules offer you the chance to explore the diversity of approaches to the study of the past. Some of the modules give you the chance to research and practise History in collaboration with others, both within and outside the University.

These modules are excellent preparation for the final year dissertation.

FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST2500Students as Scholars20 credits 
HIST2535Historical Research Project20 credits 
HIST2540History Students in Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST2550Research Collaboration, Communication and Enterprise20 credits 
HIST2557Thinking about History20 creditsSemester 1
HIST2560History on the High Street20 creditsSemester 2
HIST2570History in the Media20 creditsNot running in 201920

Students cannot take level 3 modules at level 2. Students are only permitted to take a maximum of 20 credits below their year of study at levels 2 and 3, with the exception of special skills Discovery modules. STUDENTS WISHING TO TAKE HIST3500: HISTORY DISSERTATION AT LEVEL 3 MUST NOT TAKE MORE THAN 60 CREDITS IN HISTORY AT LEVEL 2.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of Discovery modules or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects, plus at least 40-credits as a Final Year Project which can be taken in and count towards either subject. Any remaining credits can be taken in either of the named subjects or as discovery modules. A maximum of 20 credits of discovery modules may be taken in level 3. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following Final Year Project modules:

CLAS3200Major Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3500History Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study between 20-60 credits from the following modules:

CLAS3050Advanced Ancient Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3120Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3230Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3260Intermediate Latin (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3350Herodotus and the Beginning of History20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3390The Rise of Rome: Myth and History20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3430The Ancient Greek Novel20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS3440Understanding Aristotle's Poetics20 creditsNot running in 201920
CLAS3510Pompeii - Past, Present and Future20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS3595Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3650The Image of Sparta20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS3660The Art of Persuasion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3710Plato on Love20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3815Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3890The City in the Roman World20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3900Roman Comedy20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3915Beginners Latin (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3940Making Athens Laugh: Aristophanes & Comedy20 creditsNot running in 201920
ITAL3045Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB. Not all modules will run in every year.

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following Special Subject modules:

HIST3001Conquest, Convivencia and Conflict: Christian and Muslim Spain, 711-121240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3002Back to School in the Middle Ages: Schools, Teachers and Pupils in north-western Europe 700-120040 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3030The Norman Kingdom of Sicily40 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3220Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3235Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-195240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3240The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-194040 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3260Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-196440 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3270The Third Reich, 1933-194540 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3287Caribbean Mobilities: Travel, Culture and Politics, 1838-193940 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3290Popular Belief in the Medieval West 1000-c.150040 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3300Chartism: Popular Politics and Authority in Northern England, 1838-185840 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3302Ordinary People: The Everyday Lives of Men, Women and Children in Britain, c. 1920s-50s40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3315Citizens of the World: British Merchants in the Long Eighteenth Century40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3330Europe in an Age of Total Warfare40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3332The Spanish Civil War, 1936-193940 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3352Cultural Encounters: Spain, Portugal and the Wider World in the Late Middle Ages40 credits 
HIST3362American Consumer Society in Historical Perspective40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3382The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-179740 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3385Gendering the Raj: Women, Imperialism and Nationalism in Colonial and Postcolonial India40 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3387The Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1945-197040 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3388Teaching & Learning in Early Modern England: Skill, Knowledge, and Education40 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3390The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-196840 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3391De Tocqueville and the Democratic Regime40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3392Eastern Subjects: British Attitudes to India, 1757-185740 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3395The Troubles: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-Present40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3396The Hidden Atlantic: Pirates, Sailors, and the Slave Traders, 1807-186740 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3498Early Modern Media: Printing and the People in Europe c.1500-c.180040 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3580Empire, State and Society: Britain's Imperial Experience, c. 1870-191440 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3590White Africans: Intimacy, Race and Power40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3650Stalin and Stalinism40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3665France and Algeria from 1830 to the Present40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3685Georgians at War40 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3686The Tudor Discovery of Russia, 1553-160340 credits 
HIST3687The Later Elizabethan Age: Politics and Empire40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3688The French Wars of Religion40 credits 
HIST3695The Korean War40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3697Colonising Animals: More-than-Human Histories of Empire in Asia40 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3740Alliance Without Backbone: Germany, its Allies and Satellites Before and During World War Two40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3743From Byron to Bin Laden: Transnational War Volunteers40 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3745Secret Service: The World of British Intelligence40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3746War on Tribe or War on Terror? Historicizing Afghanistan and Pakistan40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3747The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 197940 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3750Canada, America and the Origins of the Cold War 1945 - 194940 credits 
HIST3785Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-5940 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST3888The Global Vietnam War40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:

HIST3453The Body in Australian History, 1788-200720 creditsSemester 1
HIST3455Consumer Society in Historical Perspective20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3460Inventing the Barbarians20 credits 
HIST3470Memories: Autobiographies and Memoirs as Historical Sources20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3493War, Regicide and Republic: England, 1642-166020 creditsSemester 2
HIST3495Read All About It! Understanding News, c.1500-Present20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3497Printing and Books in Early Modern Europe20 credits 
HIST3510Pastors and Prelates: Bishops in England, France and Germany, 950-110020 creditsSemester 1
HIST3515The Baltic Crusades: The Conquest and Conversion of North-Eastern Europe, 1180-141020 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3689Order and Disorder in Early Modern France: Understanding the French Wars of Religion20 creditsSemester 2
HIST3708Britain, The Empire and the Wider World, c. 1815-1914 (Part 2)20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3710Nazism, Stalinism and the Rise of the Total State20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3726In the Shadow of Franco: Terror and its Legacy in Spain, 1936-Present Day20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3728The Breaking of Contemporary Britain: Challenges from the Post-War Period20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3732Men and Masculinity in Britain, c.1860-1960: War, Work and Home20 creditsSemester 2
HIST3734Missionaries, Abolitionists and Colonial Philanthropists: Evangelical Attitudes to Empire, 1765-186520 creditsSemester 1
HIST3735Crime and Punishment in Colonial Southern Asia20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3736Caste and Politics in 20th Century India20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3737Afterlives of Empire: A History of the Present20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3738The Hungry Empire: Indian Commodities That Built Britain's Global Empire, c.1750s-193020 creditsSemester 2
HIST3880'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World20 creditsSemester 1
HIST3887Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-5520 creditsSemester 2
HIST3891Sweet Enemies? Britain and France from Waterloo to the Present20 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST3900The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-199120 creditsSemester 2
HIST3999Doomed to Failure? European Great Power Politics from Bismarck to the Outbreak of World War I20 creditsSemester 2
MEDV3411Medieval Women Mystics: Visionaries, Saints and Heretics20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules. These modules offer you the chance to explore the diversity of approaches to the study of the past. Some of the modules give you the chance to research and practise History in collaboration with others, both within and outside the University.

HIST2500Students as Scholars20 credits 
HIST2540History Students in Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST2550Research Collaboration, Communication and Enterprise20 credits 
HIST2557Thinking about History20 creditsSemester 1

Students are only permitted to take a maximum of 20 credits below their year of study at levels 2 and 3, with the exception of special skills Discovery modules.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of Discovery modules or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Candidates may choose up to 40 credits of discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 15/11/2019

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