Module Catalogue 2022/23

CLA2002 : Level 2 Latin: Special Study

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sophie Ngan
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CLA1012Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 2
CLA2001Level 2 Latin: Interpretation of Texts
Pre Requisite Comment

Normally a pass in CLA1012 / CLA2001 (or appropriate equivalent level of qualification in Latin )

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 Latin;
2. To further develop students' skills in interpreting and analysing Latin literary texts.
3. To familiarise students with a range of resources (traditional and digital) employed in the advanced study of Latin literary texts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students taking this module will undertake work on literary texts in the original Latin. The particular texts will be determined on a yearly basis, taking into account
(i) availability of staff to supervise a particular option.
(ii) Students’ preferences and previous reading.
(iii)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 Latin texts;
2. To consolidate and put into practice sound knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary;
3. To show a clear understanding of the chosen set text in terms of style, function, content;
4. To understand literary works and their historical/cultural context.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. To translate Latin texts 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 Latin 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 completion741:0074:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00part of student contact hours (11 lecture recordings and materials, available online)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading571:0057:00Module reading and resource list; wider self-identified resources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Synchronous in-person sessions to be replaced by online synchronous sessions, if necessary
Guided Independent StudySkills practice181:0018:00Grammar revision and consolidation
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Directed online discussion space for preparation for synchronous sessions
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 Latin linguistic and syntactical features;
- reading and translating Latin;
- 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 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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A602500 words
Portfolio2M401500 word translation portfolio
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MDiscipline-specific skills quizzes
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).
Portfolio is designed to test students' translation skills.
Essay 1 assesses skills in interpretation, based on the text in the original.

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.