Module Catalogue 2020/21

CLA3002 : Level 2/3 Latin: Special Study Stage 3

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jakob Wisse
  • 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
Code Title
CLA2001Level 2 Latin: Interpretation of Texts
CLA2002Level 2 Latin: Special Study Stage 2
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims:

1. To further develop students' skills in reading, interpreting and analysing original literary texts in Latin, to a more advanced level than achieved in CLA2001 and 2002.
2. To further develop students' knowledge and understanding of the nature of specific Latin 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 Latin. The particular texts will be determined on a yearly basis, taking into account:
1. The availablity of relevant background teaching in the menu of CAC options taught in that year.
2. Availablity of staff to supervise a particular option.
There will be a broadly alternating two-year cycle of texts to ensure no overlap between a student's Stage 2 and Stage 3.

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 'oevre' of the author concerned or of the genre of Latin 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 CLA2002:
1. Skills in reading and translating Latin 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,
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:
1. A range of key skills including written, interpersonal and oral communication, problem-solving, and an 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading681:0068:0045% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent study
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CLA2002Level 2 Latin: Special Study Stage 2
CLA8002MA Latin: Special Study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures (i) introduce overall topics, issues and theories involved in the study of the Latin texts/authors concerned; (ii) look in more detail at aspects of particular texts, illustrating methods, approaches and analytical skills which can be used in assessing these works; (iii) support students' private reading of the texts in the original by providing guidance on linguistic difficulties and techniques of translation and linguistic analysis.

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 seen text from Sem. 1
Written Examination1202A50translation and interpretation of seen text(s) from Sem. 2
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CLA2002Level 2 Latin: Special Study Stage 21N/A
CLA8002MA Latin: Special Study1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A40One 2000 - word piece on the Sem. 1 text
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. The examinations assess students' skills in translating, analysing and interpreting Latin texts in the original, and their adaptability in applying those skills, through translation and commentary questions on passages taken from the set texts.

2. The submitted work, on the Semester-1 text, assesses students' knowledge and understanding of the text, its place within the field of Latin 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


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