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HCA8000 : School Wide Independent Study With Language (ancient or modern)

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Federico Santangelo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


A 10 credit module designed to support and augment the learning of any PGT in History, Classics or Archaeology student taking 40 credits of languages (ancient or modern) below Level 7.

The aim is to provide an opportunity for a student to undertake an independent investigation of a selected topic in History, Classics and Archaeology and demonstrate a critical understanding (appropriate to their level of language learning) of the importance of source materials in a language other than English.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus content will depend on the research topic agreed by the student and supervisor. It will involve the use of source materials in a language other than English, commensurate with the student’s language ability.

Examples (for guidance only) could include:

• Critical discussion and reflection on a source in a foreign or ancient language (a student with an advanced level of linguistic ability)
• Critical discussion of a source in a foreign or ancient language, along with critical discussion of existing translations and the translator’s approach, manuscript traditions, authorial, historical and historiographical context (a student with an introductory level of linguistic ability).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision11:001:00Introductory meeting with Module Leader and Supervisor.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:00Meetings with supervisor
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials will provide the student with an opportunity to engage with their supervisor in a dedicated one-to-one session. This will allow them to clarify points of discussion, receive support with the specifics of their topic and receive advice about the suitability of their approach.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2A100One research paper of 2000 words including notes, but excluding bibliography.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MDiscipline-specific skills exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students undertaking 40 credits of sub-Level 7 language modules require a further 10 Level 7 credits in order to meet the threshold of 150 Level 7 credits required for a Masters degree in the UK. This module is designed to address this need in Semester 2 by enabling students to apply their language skills (of whatever ability) to the needs of their academic programme. It is only to be taken by students registered for 40 credits of ancient or modern languages.

Students will develop advanced experience in a particular area of historical research requiring knowledge of a language other than English. This area may have been identified as a particular training need.
Students will be able to develop more tailor-made research opportunities for their taught MA programme prior to the

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

This module is not available to Erasmus, Study Abroad, Loyola or other students attending Newcastle University as part of an exchange.

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