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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Classical Literature in Translation

Undergraduate Course: Topic In Classical Literature 2 (CLTR10023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to introduce students to the study of a particular topic in Classical Literature, to be studied in English translation. The topic is chosen by the course organiser for each outing of the course.
Course description This course aims to introduce students to the study of a particular topic in Classical Literature. The topic is chosen by the course organiser for each outing of the course. Topics may include (but are not restricted to) authors (e.g. 'Herodotos'), genres ('Greek and Roman Letter Collections'), themes ('The Autobiographical Turn in Late Antiquity'), or periods ('Literature of Periklean Athens'); courses on the reception of Classical literature may also be taught under this rubric ('Milton and Classical Epic'). The core aim of the course is critical engagement with a coherent and substantial corpus of texts in translation, with consideration of relevant problems from the point of view of philology, literary criticism, and political, intellectual, or social history. A further aim is to teach students how to approach the study of a defined corpus of texts, in the context of other ancient literature, the history of the ancient world, and of modern scholarship, and how to identify important questions for study.

Specific thematic information for each outing of this course will be provided during the course selection process.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Set texts, likely to be no more than 50
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 Classical Literature at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show in coursework, exam, and class discussion their familiarity with the set text(s), and their literary and historical context.
  2. Show in coursework, exam, and class discussion their awareness of the particular problems associated with the set text(s) and of the modern debate on the text(s), and their ability to take an independent and well-argued stance on such issues.
  3. Show in coursework, exam, and class discussion that they are aware of the challenges of reading texts formulated in the context of one language and culture through the medium of another language in a different cultural context.
  4. Show in a research-led, argument-driven coursework essay their ability to conduct a sustained individual enquiry into a particular aspect of the topic.
Reading List
There is no predetermined reading list because the bibliography will change with each outing of the course depending on the chosen course topic.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course is designed to develop the skills of the students in all areas listed under the Graduate attributes of the degree of MA in Classical Studies, including broad knowledge and understanding of ancient cultures and ancient literary genres, oral and written communication skills (esp. in class discussion and the essay), skills and abilities in personal effectiveness and in personal and intellectual autonomy (the completion of an individual argument-driven piece of research to schedule).
Special Arrangements In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3582 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsTopic Class Lit 2
Course organiserDr Gavin Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3581
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
Tel: (0131 6)50 4580
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