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BA Classical Civilisation and Philosophy

Programme code:BA-CLCV&PHILUCAS code:Q805
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:


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 Philosophy is published by QAA as ‘Philosophy 2007’, and is available online at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/Philosophy.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 PRHS 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 International Degree. The opportunity to apply for a work placement degree is also available. 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 Philosophy, 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:

PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

CLAS1300The Greek World: an Introduction20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS1610After Troy: Homecoming in Greek Epic and Tragedy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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

CLAS1400The Roman World: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS1620Latin Literature: Republic and Empire20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students must choose at least one of the following modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

In addition, students may spend some or all of their Discovery credits on the following optional modules:

CLAS1100Ancient Lives20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS1200Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS1250Intermediate Latin (Level 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS1650Introduction to Classical Archaeology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS1810Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 1)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS1910Beginners Latin20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1045Introduction to the History of Science10 credits 
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


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 module:

CLAS2800Evidence and Enquiry in Classics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

CLAS2600Virgil's Aeneid20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS2700Homer's Iliad20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS2900Ancient Empires: Power and Control20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates may also choose further modules from among the following:

CLAS2120Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2200Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS2250The Athenian Empire20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS2260Intermediate Latin (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS2350Herodotus and the Beginning of History20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2360Ovid the Innovator20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS2390The Rise of Rome: Myth and History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS2410Roman Comedy20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2420Augustus and his Legacy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS2430The Ancient Greek Novel20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2450Screening Antiquity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS2510Pompeii: Past, Present and Future20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2595Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2650The Image of Sparta20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2660The Art of Persuasion20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2710Plato on Love20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2790Greek Tragedy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS2810Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS2890The City in the Roman World20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS2910Beginners Latin (Level 2)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL3045Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

NB. Not all modules will run in every year.

Students will be required to study a minimum of 40 credits of the following optional modules, including at least one module from each list.

List A

PHIL2121Introduction to the Philosophy of Language20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2122Formal Logic20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

List B

PHIL2212History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz and Hume20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2232History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley20 creditsNot running in 202122
PHIL2295Ethics of Life and Death10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2321Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2322Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools20 creditsNot running in 202122
PRHS2333Thinking About Race10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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, which includes a 40-credit Final Year Project Module. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects: the Final Year Project module can be taken in - and count towards - either of their two subjects. Any remaining credits should be taken as optional modules in either of the named subjects, or as Discovery modules.
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).

Optional modules:

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

CLAS3200Major Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3700External Placement: Beyond the University40 creditsNot running in 202122

If students take PRHS3000, PHRS3001 or PRHS3700 , they must take at least 40 credits from the list below:

CLAS3050Advanced Ancient Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS3120Traversing Time: The Voyage of Argo20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3230Intermediate Ancient Greek (Level 3) 20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS3250The Athenian Empire20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS3260Intermediate Latin (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS3350Herodotus and the Beginning of History20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3360Ovid the Innovator20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS3370Satyrs and Donkeys: The Latin Novel20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3390The Rise of Rome: Myth and History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS3420Augustus and his Legacy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CLAS3430The Ancient Greek Novel20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3440Understanding Aristotle's Poetics20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3450Screening Antiquity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CLAS3460Subversive Desires: Roman Love Elegy20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3510Pompeii - Past, Present and Future20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3650The Image of Sparta20 creditsNot running in 202122
CLAS3815Beginners Ancient Greek (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS3915Beginners Latin (Level 3)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CLAS3940Making Athens Laugh: Aristophanes & Comedy20 creditsNot running in 202122
ITAL3045Introduction to Dante's Comedy (in Translation)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

NB. Not all modules will run in every year.

If students have taken CLAS3200, they must take at least 40 credits from the list below:

PHIL3112Kant20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3723War, Terror and Justice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3865Philosophy of the Social Sciences20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PRHS3200Moral, Rational Selves: Perspectives on Human Nature20 creditsNot running in 202122
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 creditsNot running in 202122

Discovery modules:

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

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