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Undergraduate Course: Cicero the Advocate (LATI10019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLatin Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course will provide an introduction to Roman forensic oratory through a study of a selection of Cicero's defence speeches, to be read partly in Latin and partly in English translation. The course will set the various trials in their historical context, consider whether the defendants are likely to have been guilty, and examine how Cicero rises to the challenge of speaking in his clients' defence. Particular attention will be paid to matters of rhetoric and style.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Latin 2A (LATI08011) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Latin) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses but Elementary or Intermediate Latin courses will not count. Students beyond Intermediate level but with less Latin than the prerequisite should consider taking either Latin 2A/2B.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate in tutorial discussion, in coursework and in the written degree examination that they have acquired the following specific academic competences:
- an informed understanding of Roman politics and law, of Roman oratory, and of the art of persuasion;
- skills of historical and literary analysis of classical texts;
and an informed understanding and appreciation of a selection of Cicero's forensic speeches studied in Latin and in English translation.

In addition, they should be able to demonstrate, again through tutorial discussion, coursework and the written degree examination, that they have acquired the following specific transferable skills:
- gathering material independently on a given topic and
organising it into a coherent set of data;
- comparing differing sets of data and drawing conclusions from them;
- evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material, and making critical choices between them
- expressing ideas and arguments clearly;
- and organising their own learning, managing their workload and working to a timetable.

They should also have developed their general competences as follows, and be able to demonstrate them by the means stated above:
- general historical understanding;
- general literary appreciation;
- general linguistic ability.
Assessment Information
Coursework (one essay) - 40%; Degree Examination - 60%.

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
Coursework (one essay) - 40%.
Subject Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of Degree Examination, to take place in Week 12 (see the current course handbook for further details) - 60%.
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiserDr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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