Module Catalogue 2022/23

CAG3002 : Level 3 Greek: Special Study

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephanie Holton
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CAG3001Level 3 Greek: Interpretation of Texts
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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' independence in interpreting and analysing Greek literary texts.
3. To put into practice a range of resources (traditional and digital) in the advanced study of Greek literary texts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students taking this module will read an Ancient Greek literary text, with a focus on refining skills of interpretation and analysis. The text(s) studied will be determined on a yearly basis, taking into account staff expertise and 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 engage with the process and methodologies of translation;
5. To engage with 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 at a high level;
3. To independently use a wide range of resources in the scholarly study of ancient Greek texts;
4. 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 completion601:0060:00For all assessment components
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00Discipline-specific technical skills revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading451:0045:00Selections from Module Reading List / weekly assigned reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching331:0033:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00General consolidation activities
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAG8002MA Greek: Special Study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Weekly small-group teaching is student-led, and provides 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:
- review knowledge and understanding of broader themes, ideas and contexts (whether literary, historical, philosophical, socio-cultural);
- prepare for weekly 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 assessment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M401 x 1500 word essay (set list of questions)
Written exercise2A602000 word commentary project
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MIn-class group presentation (10 minutes)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessment is designed to practice skills which will be essential for the completion of any summative assessment, and to enable feedback at a crucial stage of the planning process. 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). This has been updated for 22/23 to avoid overlap with CAG2001/2 in both assessment type and content.

The essay allows students to engage in depth with their set text(s) on a specific question of interpretation, while practicing the fundamental academic skill of constructing an argument.

The commentary exercise enables students to collaborate on a project which is explicitly linked to their set text and the learning outcomes of the module. It also builds skills in project management and delivery: students will (with support) investigate the best medium and format for creating and disseminating their commentary, before undertaking a detailed linguistic and interpretative study of the set text. Students will work on the project for the duration of the course, completing a formative in-class presentation mid-semester to outline their initial plans for feedback and reflection, and submit the final version during the assessment period.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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