Module Catalogue 2020/21

CAG3002 : Level 2/3 Greek: Special Study Stage 3

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

A pass in Greek Level 2 (or appropriate equivalent level of qualification in Greek)

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims:
1. To further develop students' skills in reading, interpreting and analysing original literary texts in Greek;
2. To further develop students' knowledge and understanding of the nature of specific Greek literary
texts, and of problems and issues involved in the study of those texts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students taking this module will undertake work on two literary texts in the original Greek. The particular texts will be determined on a yearly basis, taking into account the need to avoid overlap between a student's Stages 2 and 3 (and, where relevant, their Master's stage).

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should have acquired:
1. a good working knowledge of the selected texts studied, and an understanding more generally of the place of those texts within the overall oeuvre of the author concerned or of the genre of Greek literature to which they belong;
2. an awareness of some of the important relevant points of debate in modern scholarship.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should have further enhanced, to a higher level than attained in CAG2002:
1. Skills in reading and translating Greek texts;
2. Skills in analysing and interpreting literary texts, with regard to (a) details of language and style, (b) broad patterns and overall issues of interpretation, and (c ) the relationship between (a) and (b);
3. Skills in evaluating modern scholarship and in testing its views against the ancient evidence;
4. Skills in presenting their views and analyses in written and oral form.
They will have further developed:
5. A range of key skills including written, interpersonal and oral communication, problem solving and adaptability in applying skills learnt elsewhere in the degree programme to new material
and in addition will have enhanced their skills of initiative, planning and organisation in preparing a topic for the assessed assignment requiring a higher degree of independent work.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion681:0068:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading681:0068:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent study
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAG2002Special Study in Greek Stage 2
CAG8002MA Greek: Special Study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures/classes:
(i) introduce overall topics, issues and themes involved in the study of the Greek texts/authors concerned;
(ii) take students through translation of the original Greek, encouraging them to look in more detail at key literary and linguistic aspects and techniques.

Students develop skills in tackling these aspects for themselves by
(i) preparing sections of the texts for translation and analysis in each lecture/class;
(ii) responding to questions in class;
(iii) preparing and submitting one assessed assignment on one of the texts studied.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination451A10translation only, of a set text for Sem. 1
Written Examination1202A50translation and interpretation of seen text(s) from Sem. 2
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CAG2002Special Study in Greek Stage 21N/A
CAG8002MA Greek: Special Study1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A401 x 2,000 words, literary analysis of text studied in Sem. 1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examinations assess students' skills in translating, and 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, on either text, 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. Topics set for Stage 3 students require a higher degree of independent work than topics set for Stage 2 students.

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

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 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 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.