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CLA2002 : Level 2 Latin: Special Study

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anke Walter
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00part of student contact hours
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion741:0074:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading751:0075:00Module reading and resource list; wider self-identified resources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching311:0031:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice181:0018:00Grammar revision and consolidation
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CLA3002Level 3 Latin: Special Study
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A5090-minute exam on an unseen text
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level 3 Latin: Special Study2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A502,000 word research project
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

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).
The exam is designed to test the students' skills, developed over the course of the semester, in translating and interpreting an unseen text.
Essay 1 assesses skills in interpretation, based on the text in the original.
Formative assessments are designed to tests skills relevant to the exam in particular.

Reading Lists