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BA Ancient History and Philosophy

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

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

- demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of Philosophy and Ancient History;
- use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
- present a structured and coherent simple argument
- be able to communicate the results of their work;
- assess arguments and detect irrelevance;
- construct and defend their own point of view;
- discuss their point of view in a reasoned fashion;
- write focussed and structured essays;
- show familiarity with some basic concepts, problems and arguments in some central areas of the discipline;
- develop critical skills;
- develop analytical skills;
- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;
- demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries;
- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem-solving within the two disciplines;
- demonstrate basic knowledge of Philosophy: the aspect(s) involved will depend on choice of options and may include logic, history, metaphysics and ethics;
- interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the study of ancient Greek and Roman History;
- demonstrate basic knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman History.

Transferable (key) skills

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

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;

These may typically include, to an extent commensurate with the level of study:
- independence of thought;
- capacity for critical reflection and critical judgement;
- ability to gather, memorise, organise and deploy information and to extract key elements from data and identify and solve associated problems;
- ability to select and apply appropriate methodologies;
- ability to engage in analytical, evaluative and lateral thinking and to marshal argument;
- ability to present material orally and in written form;
- ability to work with others, under pressure, and to 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 knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the two disciplines;
- demonstrating the ability to construct an argument;
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies;
- demonstrating some knowledge of Philosophy.
- demonstrating some knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman History.

Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the syllabuses of the modules chosen within those specified for the year/programme, but will typically include elements of both formal examination and assessed essay work.


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