CAC3003 : Special Study in Ancient Culture (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Prof. Jakob Wisse
  • Owning School:
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The Special Study is a self-study module similar to a dissertation, but consists of two pieces of work, on two different topics, one in each Semester.
The goal of the module is to allow you to explore in some depth two topics that have your particular interest. You will do so largely independently, though under the guidance of a supervisor.

The aims of this module are:
1. To provide the opportunity for students to pursue independent work on classical topics beyond the taught syllabus, without necessarily undertaking a full-scale dissertation.
2. To provide the opportunity for students to explore in greater depth a topic studied in a taught module.
3. To develop skills associated with the undertaking of an independent research-style project, especially skills of initiative, organisation and adaptability in applying skills learnt elsewhere in the degree programme to new material.

Outline Of Syllabus

Your two topics will be chosen in consultation with the module leader and members of staff who will supervise each essay; they must be finally approved by the module leader.
There will be preliminary meetings with the supervisor to discuss the topic and to get suggestions for preliminary reading. There will be meetings during the research and writing to discuss progress. The student may submit a preliminary draft of each of the essays to the supervisor for general comment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion961:0096:0050% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading381:0038:0020% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study591:0059:0030% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:00Individual tutorials
Jointly Taught With
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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used to (1) emphasize and clarify the arrangements, to ensure that students have all the information needed to do their work independently; (2) summarize and discuss, and thereby reinforce, the skills needed for independent writing and researching as taught in the previous years (particularly in the Skills module CAC2001 that most or all students on this module took in their Stage 2): study skills, writing skills, and awareness of research methods and tools.
The tutorials are used to support students individually in formulating their research questions, in structuring their writing, in finding their way in the scholarly literature, and in analyzing the texts (and other materials) used in their project; and to encourage them in further developing their skills at independent work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50essay plan 300-1,000 words, due week 7 of Sem. 1 (2.5%); essay 3-4,000 words, due first Monday of Sem. 2 (47.5%)
Essay2M50essay plan 300-1,000 words, due week 4 of sem. 2 (2.5%); essay 3-4,000 words, due week 10 of semester 2(47.5%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students taking this module produce two pieces of independent work plus a plan for each, each on a topic:
either related to a module they are already taking or have previously taken, but exploring beyond the taught syllabus for that module; or on a topic of their choice from without the overall taught syllabus.
The piece of work could take the form either of an extended essay or of an extended commentary (or series of shorter commentaries).
The two submitted assignments assess students' knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic and of the issues involved in that topic; their ability to apply skills of analysis and interpretative tools to a topic beyond the taught syllabus; and their skills of initiative, planning, organisation and adaptability in selecting and defining an appropriate topic, assembling relevant primary and secondary material, outlining the approach to be taken and organising a schedule for completing the various stages of the project. It also assesses their skills in written communication.

ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.

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