Undergraduate Course: Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course advances students' knowledge of Classical Latin language and literature, and develops the ability to read Classical Latin literature independently with a linguistic and literary understanding of the original texts. The course is particularly designed for those who have previously taken an accelerated beginners' course.
This is predominantly a reading class with the aim of improving the linguistic ability of the students and developing their interpretative abilities. The course typically examines two set texts (or one longer one) in the semester. Typically two classes each week are devoted to reading and literary interpretation, while the third may be a class on a linguistic theme or a subject related to the set texts. In addition, there is a linguistically-based tutorial once a week, principally for consolidation of grammar, accidence, metre, and similar topics. While the course focuses mainly on linguistic improvement, the students will also study the literary, historical, and intellectual relevance of the text(s) and become acquainted with current scholarship on the subject.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Latin 1B (LATI08008)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Latin 2A (LATI08011)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Set texts, likely to be no more than ca. £40
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Two to four semesters of University level Latin: on the borderline students should consult the course organiser as to the best course for them.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Tutorial Exercises (20%)
2,000-2,500 word Essay (20%)
Final Assessment (60%)
Failure to submit the essay will result in a Force Fail for the course, even if the overall mark is above 40.
||Students will receive written feedback on coursework essays which they will be able to discuss with the course organiser. They will also be expected to contribute to reading, translating, and discussing the text in the course of classes and lectures and will receive immediate feedback. In tutorials, they will receive feedback on linguistic exercises submitted a couple of days before; in some classes, they will receive feedback on unseen translations that they have completed the previous week which will be marked (formative assessment) by the lecturer.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate in coursework and final assessment a wider and deeper knowledge of the structure and idiom of the Latin language;
- demonstrate in coursework and final assessment an enhanced ability to locate works of Latin literature in their literary, social, historical, and intellectual contexts;
- demonstrate in coursework and final assessment an ability to analyse and pass informed critical judgement on specific works and passages;
- demonstrate especially in their coursework essay an ability to locate and use relevant forms of primary and secondary evidence in building up a coherent and relevant argument.
|J.H. Gaisser, Catullus (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies) (Oxford, 2007)|
J. Morwood, A Latin Grammar (Oxford, 1999).
D. Thomson, Catullus (Toronto, 1997)
T.P. Wiseman, Catullus and his World: A Reappraisal (Cambridge, 1985)
|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 essay to schedule).
|Keywords||Latin 2A Ex-Beginners
|Course organiser||Dr Donncha O'Rourke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3771
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582