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CAG2001 : Level 2 Greek: Interpretation of Texts

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The overwhelming majority of source material for the study of the classical world is written in Greek. The ability to read, understand, translate and analyse Greek texts contributes greatly to the further study of the ancient world. Therefore the aims of this course are to provide students with the ability to understand, translate and critically analyse both unseen and seen Greek texts (both poetry and prose).

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module you will:
(a) Read a varied and representative selection of Greek poetry and prose texts
(b) Do exercises in translation, analysis and interpretation of these texts for example in the form of writing commentaries on selected passages;
(c) Do exercises in unprepared translation of Greek prose and verse texts.
(d) receive training in the use of scholarly resources for understanding and analysing classical Greek texts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00Small group language class
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading741:0074:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes fulfil several functions: continuous monitoring of students' translation of set text by round-the-class translation; practice in unseen translation; practice in critical analysis and appreciation of the set texts; return of exercises done in students' own time.

6 classes per semester will also cover important subject-specific skills including use of scholarly resources such as commentaries, apparatus criticus etc..

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A25N/A
Written Examination602A25N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M201,000-1,200 words of detailed linguistic and interpretative commentary on one of the set texts.
Essay2M201,000-1,200 words of detailed linguistic and interpretative commentary on one of the set texts.
Written exercise2M10In-class timed unseen translation exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses students' skills in translating, analysing and interpreting Greek texts in the original, and their adaptability in applying those skills, through translation and commentary questions on passages taken from the set texts.

The submitted work assesses students' knowledge and understanding of the text, its place within the field of Greek literature, their awareness of and ability to comment critically on scholarly debate, and their skills in presenting their views and analyses in written form.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.


All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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