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BA Ancient History and Philosophy

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

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

- demonstrate a broad understanding of the concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features in Philosophy and Ancient History;
- use generic and subject-specific qualities, i.e.,
- present a structured and coherent argument
- have sound knowledge of critical terminology
- show a sound grasp of central contexts, texts and theories in central areas of the two disciplines
- develop the ability to see interconnections between different areas of both disciplines, and to synthesise a view of their own.
- appreciate and employ the main methods of enquiry in the subjects and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of enquiry;
- apply generic and subject-specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;
- use a range of techniques to initiate and undertake the analysis of data and information;
- adjust to professional and disciplinary boundaries;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;
- develop and deploy judiciously a range of critical skills;
- develop and deploy judiciously a range of analytical skills;
- engage in comparative historical study of ancient empires, their character and the structures of power and control which sustained them;
- show an enhanced knowledge of Ancient Greek and / or Roman history: the aspect(s) involved will depend on choice of options.

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;
- decision making.

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 ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of the two disciplines/professions to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
- work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the two disciplines;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- demonstrating knowledge of Philosophy;
- demonstrating knowledge of Ancient Greek and / or 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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