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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1911 Latin Texts and Grammar 1

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Ken Belcher
Email: k.belcher@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Latin at A-Level or equivalent standard.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS1991Latin Texts and Grammar 1A

Module replaces

CLAS1211 Latin 1CLAS1221 Latin Texts 1

This module is approved as an Elective

This module is approved as a Special Skills Elective

Module summary

This module is suitable for students with an advanced level of Latin (A-Level standard or equivalent). The grammar classes provide more advanced instruction in Latin, as well as unseen translation practice. The text classes will focus on two key works of the Roman Republican period: Cicero's In Catilinam and Sallust's Bellum Catilinae. Handouts of the relevant texts will be given. The focus of the module is on the fluent and accurate reading of the Latin, which involves close attention to all aspects of the language. Due attention will be given, however, to thematic issues raised by the texts. The module is worth 20 credits and runs in semester 1 only, with three classes per week. For further information, visit us at the Electives Fair or contact the Department of Classics, situated on the first floor of the Parkinson Building, south end (email: classics@leeds.ac.uk; website: www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/; telephone: 0113 343 3537).

Objectives

The module combines Latin grammar and texts. On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- recognise and explain the use of aspects of advanced Latin grammar and syntax;
- translate texts sensitively and accurately and comment on their subject-matter from linguistic, stylistic, literary and thematic perspectives where appropriate.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module are expected to have acquired:
- a knowledge of aspects of advanced Latin grammar and syntax;
- an increased ability to translate texts accurately and sensitively;
- a knowledge of the linguistic, stylistic, literary and thematic issues pertaining to the given texts.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a range of subject-specific skills, including an ability to analyse Latin texts critically and produce fluent and accurate translations of those texts;
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including organisation of personal study and participation in oral discussion in class.


Syllabus

The grammar classes involve advanced Latin grammar and unprepared translation from Latin. The text classes involve study of selected parts of two key prose works from the Roman Republican period: Cicero's In Catilinam and Sallust's Bellum Catilinae. The focus is on the fluent and accurate reading of the Latin, which involves close attention to all aspects of the language. Due attention will be given, however, to thematic issues raised by the texts, in particular: the ways in which the character of Catiline is fashioned negatively by the two writers, and their reasons for doing so; the differing prose styles of these two Republican writers, who are noted for their exuberance and brevity respectively.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Tutorial301.0030.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparing translation of set books and grammar exercises = 104 hours
Two assessed assignments = 20 hours
Exam Preparation = 46 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Oral translation and discussion in class, two pieces of written coursework over the semester, and an end of semester exam.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentLanguage Exercise 115.00
AssignmentLanguage Exercise 215.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/05/2010

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