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Undergraduate Course: Latin 1Hb (LATI10018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis Honours course develops near beginners' knowledge of the morphology and syntax of classical Latin, their skill in reading original Latin texts, and their understanding of the common Latin roots of the Romance languages.
Course description This course is divided into two phases: Weeks 1-6 continue and complete a standard syllabus in morphology and syntax (typically Wheelock's Latin, Chapters 25-40), thereby equipping students to read unadapted classical Latin prose and poetry. In Weeks 7-11 students will read and study unadapted Latin literature of the classical period (e.g., selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses). The following may therefore be regarded as an indicative (but not exhaustive) schedule:

Week 1: Introduction and review; the Indirect Statement
Week 2: Subordinate Clauses using the Subjunctive Mood: Clauses of Purpose and Result
Week 3: More Subordinate Clauses using the Subjunctive Mood: Indirect Questions and Commands
Week 4: Conditional Sentences; Deponent Verbs
Week 5: Gerunds and Gerundives
Week 6: Clauses of Fearing and review
Week 7-11: Close-reading of selections of classical Latin
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Latin 1Ha (LATI10017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Latin 1B (LATI08008)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs Course text.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  5
Course Start Semester 2
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 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
Six tutorial exercises, marked best five (20%)
Written assignment (20%)

Practical Exam:
Midterm in-class test (20%)

Written Exam:
Two hour exam (40%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
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. comment intelligently on notable matters of form, style, and content;
  2. make judicious use of dictionaries, commentaries, works of reference, critical studies, and modern translations;
  3. demonstrate an informed understanding of the most important issues and scholarly approaches in the interpretation of the prescribed texts, as well as the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  4. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative, intellectual integrity and maturity, and an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Wheelock's Latin, Frederic M. Wheelock, revised Richard A LaFleur (7th edition, revised): HarperResource (HarperCollins), 2011

Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary, ed. James Morwood (3rd, revised edition): Oxford
UP, 2005
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements In addition to regular language work, students taking this class for honours level credit will be required to produce an assignment conforming to honours course criteria, on a subject TBA with the course organiser. This assignment uses their developing linguistic knowledge to deepen their understanding of their main degree subject, whether that is Classical Literature, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology. The assignment will thus be one that combines language skills with the other skills acquired during the degree, the one reinforcing and developing the other.
KeywordsLatin 1Hb
Course organiserDr Aaron Pelttari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3004
Course secretaryMr Rob Hutchinson
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