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BA Classical Literature and English

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and competencies some of which will be informed by current research/scholarship in the discipline;
- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of current research and/or scholarship;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the discipline;
- make appropriate use of scholarly literature and primary sources;
- conform to disciplinary boundaries and norms where applicable.
- show a further enhanced knowledge of Greek and Latin literature: the aspect(s) involved will depend on choice of options.

In addition to the outcomes achieved in Years 1 & 2, on completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a familiarity with the main concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of two disciplines;
- use generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
present a structured and coherent argument;
have knowledge of critical terminology;
have knowledge of linguistic terminology (if language modules are selected) ;
- have experience of a large amount of English literature from a wide range of periods and places, including study of periods before and after 1800;
- have an awareness of the importance of the literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read;
- have a basic knowledge of the structure of English, and how to apply concepts of the structure and history of English to analysis of texts(if language modules are selected) ;
- develop and use critical skills.
- develop analytical skills and apply them to texts.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature;

This may typically include, to an extent commensurate with the level of study: independence of thought; capacity for critical reflection; capacity for critical judgement; ability to gather, memorise, organise and deploy information; ability to extract key elements from data and identify and solve associated problems; ability to select and apply appropriate methodologies; ability to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking; ability to engage in lateral thinking; ability to marshal argument; ability to present material orally; ability to present material in written form; ability to work with others; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; basic IT skills.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline;
- work that is typically both evaluative and creative;
- demonstrating the knowledge and application of concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to construct an argument;
- demonstrating knowledge of two disciplines;
- demonstrating the ability to be critical of scholarly work.


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