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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Classical Civilisation

Programme code:BA-CLCVUCAS code:8G42
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Bev Back Contact address:b.back@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

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:

Languages Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

Classics is defined as the study of the Greek and Roman world. The broad chronological limits of that study are the period between the earliest surviving Greek literature (approximately the 8th century BC) and the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, but it also covers the reception of ancient culture in a variety of media, including art, literature and film, going right up to the present day.

Likewise the subject has broad geographical limits: it covers the entire area eventually occupied by the Roman empire, from Britain in the north-west to Mesopotamia in the south-east, from the country of the Rhine and Danube in central Europe to the whole northern edge of Africa. Within those limits anything within the culture is a legitimate topic of study: its literature and languages, its art and philosophy, its history and society: these may be studied through textual or material remains as appropriate.

This includes some of the foundational texts and ideas, and some of the most inspiring artistic works of European culture, whether the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil, the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, the stories of Greek mythology, or key historical events such as the Persian Wars and the creation of the Roman Empire.

Classical Civilisation is the degree that offers the broadest approach to this general area of study, and students have freedom within the programme to choose their own paths so as to specialise in literary, historical and social or philosophical aspects of the subject, or to opt for interdisciplinary combinations. Texts are studied in translation, although there are opportunities to take up the study of Greek and Latin, and we certainly encourage students to do so.

The programme includes general overviews of Greek and Roman history and culture, and a particular focus on Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid, as the key texts for understanding the classical world. But a wide variety of other options are on offer, and students are given the opportunity to select among them.

Leeds has leading researchers in many of the central fields of classical study who teach in their own areas of specialism; it also has first-rate library and IT facilities, of which students are encouraged to make the fullest use.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CLAS1300The Greek World: an Introduction20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS1400The Roman World: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS1610After Troy: Homecoming in Greek Epic and Tragedy20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS1620Latin Literature: Republic and Empire20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits from the following 20-credit 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:

Up to 40 credits of the optional modules listed above may be replaced with discovery modules taken from other programmes of study.


Year2 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 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:

Candidates will be required to study the following 20-credit compulsory modules:

CLAS2800Evidence and Enquiry in Classics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 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 will be required to study between 40 - 60 credits from the following 20-credit optional modules:

CLAS2120Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2200Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2250The Athenian Empire20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS2260Intermediate Latin (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2350Herodotus and the Beginning of History20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2360Ovid the Innovator20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2390The Rise of Rome: Myth and History20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2410Roman Comedy20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2420Augustus and his Legacy20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS2430The Ancient Greek Novel20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2450Screening Antiquity20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS2510Pompeii: Past, Present and Future20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2595Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2650The Image of Sparta20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2660The Art of Persuasion20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2710Plato on Love20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS2790Greek Tragedy20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS2810Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS2890The City in the Roman World20 creditsNot running in 202021
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.

Discovery modules:

- Up to 40 credits of the optional modules listed above may be replaced with discovery modules taken from other programmes of study.
- Candidates may take no more than a total of 60 discovery credits offered by other programmes of study over Levels 2 and 3.


Year3 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. 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:

Candidates will be required to study the following 40-credit compulsory module:

CLAS3200Major Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study up to 80 credits from the following 20-credit optional modules:

CLAS3050Advanced Ancient Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3120Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3230Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3250The Athenian Empire20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS3260Intermediate Latin (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3350Herodotus and the Beginning of History20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3360Ovid the Innovator20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3390The Rise of Rome: Myth and History20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3420Augustus and his Legacy20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3430The Ancient Greek Novel20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3440Understanding Aristotle's Poetics20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3450Screening Antiquity20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS3510Pompeii - Past, Present and Future20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3595Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3650The Image of Sparta20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3660The Art of Persuasion20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3710Plato on Love20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3740Greek Religion20 creditsSemester 1
CLAS3790Greek Tragedy20 creditsSemester 2
CLAS3815Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3890The City in the Roman World20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3900Roman Comedy20 creditsNot running in 202021
CLAS3915Beginners Latin (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CLAS3940Making Athens Laugh: Aristophanes & Comedy20 creditsNot running in 202021
ITAL3045Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2

NB. Not all modules will run in every year.

Discovery modules:

- Up to 40 credits of the optional modules listed above may be replaced with discovery modules taken from other programmes of study.
- Candidates may take no more than a total of 60 discovery credits offered by other programmes of study over Levels 2 and 3.
- Candidates must have passed at least 100 credits at Level 3 to graduate.

Last updated: 22/09/2020 17:56:02

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