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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Intermediate Greek (PG) 1 (PGHC11269)

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 Greek 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 Greek skills of those intending to undertake doctoral research in Edinburgh or elsewhere.
Course description The aim of this course is to consolidate and build on the elementary Greek attained by the students (either at Edinburgh or elsewhere), and to bring the students to the stage at which they will be able, by the end of the course, to read Greek more independently. Students will read one prose and one verse author (5 weeks for each author) in Greek, in a range of lectures and translation classes. In tutorials the students will consolidate their syntactical and linguistic knowledge with quizzes, prose composition, and literary exercises.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Greek 1C (GREE08005) OR Greek 2A (GREE08007) OR Greek 2a Ex-Beginners (GREE08009) OR Greek 2Ha (GREE10027)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  4
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:
Tutorial work (best 7 out of 8 exercises and best 7 out of 8 tests) (20%)
2500 word end of term essay on one of the set texts (40%)

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 Greek grammar and vocabulary to read and translate passages of moderate difficulty without a dictionary, or to translate simple English passages into Greek;
  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
Denniston, J.D. (1954) The Greek Particles, Oxford

Goodwin, W.W. (1965 repr. from 1875) Syntax of the Greek Moods and Tenses (Walton-on-Thames)

Goodwin, W. W. (1997 repr. from 1894) Greek Grammar, Walton-on-Thames

Probert, P. (2003) A New Short Guide to the Accentuation of Ancient Greek, London

Smyth, H.W. (1979) Greek Grammar, Cambridge, Mass.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with Greek 1C (GREE08005)
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 hour(s) per week for 11 week(s).
Course organiserDr Benedikt Eckhardt
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501
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