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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Intermediate Latin (PG) 1 (PGHC11267)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed for the many postgraduate students who arrive with skills in the ancient languages above those of a beginner, but not yet sufficient to read Latin literature wholly independently (typically those with one or two years of the language at university, or A-level or equivalent). The course consists of reading and language classes with linguistically based tutorials on subjects including prose composition and metre. The aim is to improve the Latin skills of those intending to undertake doctoral research in Edinburgh or elsewhere.
Course description This is essentially a reading class with the aim of improving the linguistic ability of the students. The course typically examines two set texts in the semester. Two classes each week are devoted to reading and language, the third is a lecture on a subject of related interest. In addition, there is a linguistically based tutorial once a week for subjects such as grammar study, unseen translation, prose composition and metre. While the course focuses mainly on linguistic improvement, the students will also study the literary, historical and intellectual relevance of the texts and become acquainted with current scholarship on the subject.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  8
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by a 2000-2500 word scholarly essay on one of the set texts (40%), continuous assessment of tutorial work (20%) and an exam of 2 hours focused on translation (40%). This will typically include two passages from the set texts for translation and one unseen passage.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, that they have read and understood the set texts of the semester and developed skills in reading independently;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge and understanding of these texts in their literary (and historical and intellectual) context; and of the scholarly literature dealing with them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an adequate acquaintance with Latin grammar and vocabulary to read and translate passages of moderate difficulty without a dictionary, or to translate simple English sentences into Latin;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to identify and assess bibliography both in English and other modern European languages;
  5. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain independent scholarly argument by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course.
Reading List
The bibliography depends on the texts chosen.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with Latin 1C (LATI08009)
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 hour(s) per week for 11 week(s).
KeywordsIntermediate Latin 1
Course organiserDr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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