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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS3100 Researching the Ancient World

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Emma Stafford
Email: e.j.stafford@leeds.ac.uk

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

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Participation in a final year Single or Joint Honours programme in the Department of Classics; approval via the procedure outlined in the Classics Module Choice Booklet.

Module replaces

CLAS3000 Classical Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

To provide an opportunity to explore one or two chosen topics in Classics or Classical Civilisation independently. The student may choose one of two options:
i) The dissertation option requires the student to design their own 6000-word project on any topic, subject to approval from a potential supervisor and the module coordinator. The objective of this option is that the student should gain experience in the planning and execution of a substantial independent research project.
ii) The extended essay option requires the student to choose two topics from a list of pre-set titles on a range of subjects, and to explore each in a 3,000-word essay. The objective of this option is that the student should gain experience in the execution of two smaller, but still substantial, independent research projects.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module are expected to have acquired:
- an enhanced knowledge of their chosen topic(s);
- an understanding of the methodological issues and problems involved in the study of their chosen topic(s).

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 critically various forms of primary evidence.
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including written expression, the organisation of personal study, and use of printed and online information sources.


Syllabus

Either: i) an approved topic in Classics or Classical Civilisation.
Or: ii) two topics chosen from a list of pre-set titles.

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
Supervision31.003.00
Private study hours197.00
Total Contact hours3.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading/online research (as appropriate to the chosen topic) + writing up.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

E-mail and face-to-face contact with supervisor throughout the year. Students will receive a total of 3 hours' one-to-one supervision, distributed throughout the year by arrangment with their supervisor. Submission of 500-word plan in December and draft chapter (or equivalent) before the Easter vacation.

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
Essay or DissertationDissertation of approx. 6,000 words or 2 essays of approx. 3000 words. Details of procedure and advice on deciding between the two options, and choosing a topic or topics, are provided in a module handbook supplied to the student no later than Week 12 of Semester 2 in their second year. Most will receive the handbook earlier than this, via a special lecture in the related Level 2 core module CLAS2800 Evidence and Enquiry in Classics.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 14/06/2010

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