Module Catalogue 2022/23

CAG2002 : Level 2 Greek: Special Study

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CAG1011Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1
CAG1012Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2
CAG2001Level 2 Greek: Interpretation of Texts
Pre Requisite Comment

Normally a pass in the pre-requisites (or appropriate equivalent level of qualification in classical Greek)

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims:

1. To further develop and refine students' linguistic skills, as applied to reading and translating original literary texts in Greek;
2. To further develop students' skills in interpreting and analysing Greek literary texts.
3. To familiarise students with a range of resources (traditional and digital) employed in the advanced study of Greek literary texts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students taking this module will work on selected literary texts in the original Greek, with a focus on further developing skills of interpretation and analysis. The texts studied will be determined on a yearly basis, taking into account the need to avoid overlap between a student's Stages 2 and 3.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. To read, understand, translate and critically comment on Greek texts;
2. To consolidate and put into practice knowledge of Greek grammar and vocabulary;
3. To understand literary works and their historical/cultural context;
4. To show an awareness of the process and methodologies of translation;
5. To show an awareness of key debates in modern scholarship in relation to the chosen set texts.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. To translate Greek texts fluently and accurately into clear and appropriate English;
2. To analyse and critically reflect upon literary texts in their original language;
3. To use a range of resources required for scholarly study of ancient Greek texts;
4. To recognise patterns (whether linguistic, stylistic, thematic or conceptual);
5. To apply learned knowledge and skills (selectively, where appropriate) in the completion of the module’s different assessment components.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion501:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading831:0083:00Module reading and resource list; Wider self-identified resources
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities52:0010:00Discipline-specific skills activities
Guided Independent StudySkills practice241:0024:00Grammar revision and consolidation; translation practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching301:0030:00Interactive language classes/seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:303:00Assessment and formative feedback session(s)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous small-group sessions are largely student-led, and provide the opportunity to collaboratively read, review and discuss the prescribed text(s), while further refining existing skills in:
- identifying and understanding a range of Greek linguistic and syntactical features;
- translating Greek into clear and fluent English;
- literary analysis.

Structured guided learning activities provide students with the opportunity to:
- acquire knowledge and understanding of broader themes, ideas and contexts (whether literary, historical, philosophical, socio-cultural);
- prepare for weekly synchronous sessions;
- further refine discipline-specific technical skills.

Guided independent study is intended as time for:
- skills practice;
- directed reading and research;
- preparing and completing any formative and summative assessments.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination752A25Inspera digital exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A75Portfolio of literary analysis and language work: 3,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MDiscipline-specific technical skills exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment is designed to assesses students' knowledge and interpretative understanding of the texts studied, with particular reference to the application of their linguistic knowledge, and their skills in presenting their views and analyses of key issues regarding the set text(s).

Formative assessment is designed to review, revise and consolidate key features of grammar and vocabulary on a continuous basis.

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


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.