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Undergraduate Course: Greek 1A (GREE08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces absolute beginners to the morphology and syntax of classical Greek.
Course description Ancient Greek is the language in which many of the basic concepts underlying Western society to this day found expression for the first time, and Greek culture and thought are at the root of many strands of modern thinking in Europe and beyond. This course will introduce absolute beginners to classical Greek in both lectures and tutorials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Greek 1C (GREE08005)
Other requirements Student who have studied the language extensively in the past (GCSE, at least, or equivalent) should normally enrol in Greek 1C and 1D. The Course Organiser will be responsible for assessing the students' language competence at the start of the course to ensure they are in the right course.
Additional Costs Textbooks
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesApproval is required from the Classics Teaching Director.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
Weekly exercises (25%)
Vocabulary and grammar quizzes (15%)

Two hour exam (60%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework; in the case of tutorial exercises, this will be within days of handing in the work. There is further scope for discussion of feedback with the Course Organiser, Lecturers, Instructors or Tutors in lectures, tutorials, office hours, or by appointment.
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. have a sound understanding of the essentials of classical Greek grammar and syntax;
  2. translate from the original Greek texts into English, as well as basic sentences from English into Greek;
  3. demonstrate basic skills in understanding classical Greek literary texts in the original language;
  4. improve their linguistic abilities in general, and their analytical skills in particular.
Reading List
Wilding, L.A. (1997) Greek for Beginners. 2nd ed. Bloomsbury: Bristol Classical Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Please note that graduate students intending to study beginners' Greek must select the Elementary Greek course (course code: PGHC11088), not Greek 1A.
KeywordsGreek 1A
Course organiserDr Calum MacIver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
Course secretaryMiss Marketa Vejskalova
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