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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Students MUST NOT also be taking Latin 1C (LATI08009) OR Latin 2a Ex-Beginners (LATI08013) OR Latin 2Ha (LATI10030)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  6
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2,500 word essay (40%)
Tutorials (20%)

Two hour exam (40%)
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. read and understand the set texts of the semester and develop skills in reading independently;
  2. demonstrate 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 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. identify and assess bibliography both in English and other modern European languages;
  5. 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 Laura Donati
Course secretaryMrs Shannon McMillan
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