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Undergraduate Course: Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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 three classes each week are devoted to reading and literary interpretation, while a fourth may be a class on a linguistic theme or an unseen. 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)
Pre-requisites 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-requisitesTwo 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 143 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2500 word essay (20%)
Tutorials (20%)

Two hour exam (60%)
Feedback 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.
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 a wider and deeper knowledge of the structure and idiom of the Latin language;
  2. locate works of Latin literature in their literary, social, historical, and intellectual contexts;
  3. analyse and pass informed critical judgement on specific works and passages;
  4. locate and use relevant forms of primary and secondary evidence in building up a coherent and relevant argument.
Reading List
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)
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 essay to schedule).
KeywordsLatin 2A Ex-Beginners
Course organiserDr Laura Donati
Course secretaryMrs Shannon McMillan
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