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Undergraduate Course: Topic in Latin Literature 1 (LATI10041)

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 Latin Literature. 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 Latin 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. ¿Statius¿), genres (¿Latin pastoral¿), themes (¿Food and Banquets in Latin Literature¿), or periods (¿The Theodosian renaissance¿). The core aim of the course is critical engagement with a coherent corpus of Latin texts (normally involving between 2000-3000 lines of verse or about 20,000 words in prose to be read in Latin), 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, both in the context of other ancient literature 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 Students MUST have passed: Latin 2A (LATI08011) OR Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013) AND Latin 2B (LATI08012)
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 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam (including some element of translation): 60%
Coursework essay, no more than 4000 words: 40%
Feedback Students will typically give presentations with previous guidance and subsequent feedback from the course organizer, as well as feedback in discussion with peers; they will be encouraged to make appointments with the course organizer to discuss the direction and argument of their coursework; and they will receive written feedback on coursework essays which they will be able to discuss with the course organizer.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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), their language and style, 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 representing thoughts 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 Classics, including skills in linguistic and philological analysis of Latin and in making broader arguments about the ancient world, oral and written presentational skills (esp. in class discussion and the essay), skills and abilities in personal effectiveness and personal and intellectual autonomy (independent reading of Latin texts and the completion of an individual argument-driven piece of research to schedule).
Special Arrangements As standard for Subject Area
KeywordsTopic in Latin Literature 1
Course organiserDr Justin Stover
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767
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