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BA Classical Civilisation

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

demonstrate a broad understanding of the concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features in a range of aspects of the discipline;
- apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;
- appreciate and employ the main methods of enquiry in the subject and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of enquiry;
- use a range of techniques to initiate and undertake the analysis of data and information;
- adjust to disciplinary boundaries;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;

- engage in advanced study of at least two of: Virgil’s Aeneid; Homer’s Iliad; the comparative history of Ancient Empires and ‘Invisible Greeks and Romans’
- show an enhanced knowledge of classical antiquity: the aspect(s) involved will depend on choice of options and may be linguistic, literary, historical and/or philosophical.

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 and skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility and 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 and evaluative thinking, 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 and /or competencies of the discipline to complex aspects or cases of familiar material and simple cases of novel or atypical material;
- work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

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 of assessed essay work.


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