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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS2800 Evidence and Enquiry in Classics

20 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Prof Malcolm Heath
Email: m.f.heath@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Module replaces

CLAS2500 Methods and Perspectives in Classics

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- Display a knowledge of the scope of Classics as a discipline and of the various practical sub-disciplines which it embraces (e.g. numismatics, textual criticism) and the techniques of investigation appropriate to each, and an awareness of the information resources available to students of antiquity;
- Give an account of a range of critical approaches to classical literature, choose appropriately from among them and apply them effectively;
- Demonstrate research skills developed and enhanced so as to give them the capacity to pursue independent research at Level 3.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a range of subject-specific skills relating to the range of types of evidence available for the study of the ancient world, including the ability to identify, locate, analyse critically and combine as appropriate the evidence relating to particular aspects of antiquity;
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, particularly those required to pursue independent research, including written expression and information literacy.


Syllabus

The module will begin with a survey of Classics as a discipline today, followed by a survey of classes of evidence, beginning with material sources and progressing to textual ones, which will lead in to considerations of textual transmission, editing and texts in translation, and semester 1 will conclude with a practical library session.

The second semester will continue with an introduction to ancient literary criticism, followed by an overview of modern critical theory, and will conclude with practical sessions on research skills such as compiling bibliographies (including electronic resources), academic writing and structuring extended written work.

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
Lecture191.0019.00
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

76 hours - reading per lecture (19 x 4 hours)
60 hours - research and writing per written assignment (3 x 20 hours)
45 hours - work on practical exercises

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through assignments distributed through the module (particularly where students do more than the minimum number of exercises), which are all essentially formative, though summative for the particular topics or skills in question.

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
EssayNot more than 1,200 words20.00
AssignmentBibliographic exercise20.00
PracticalExercise20.00
PracticalExercise20.00
Source AnalysisNot more than 1,200 words20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

6 practical exercises will be set, of which students must do at least 2 (at least one in either semester) and may do up to 4, the best two marks counting for assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/10/2008

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