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2010/11 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS3100 Researching the Ancient World

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Steven Green

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

Year running 2010/11

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS3200Major Research Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The minor dissertation requires the student to design their own 6,000-word project on any topic, subject to approval from a potential supervisor and the module coordinator.


- To provide students with the opportunity to explore a chosen topic in Classics or Classical Civilisation independently.
- To give students experience in the planning and execution of a substantial independent research project.

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

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.


Directed reading for an approved topic in Classics or Classical Civilisation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours196.00
Total Contact hours4.00
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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation of approx. 6,000 words. Details of procedure and advice on choosing a topic 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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 27/04/2011


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