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Module

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

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Arianna Gullo
  • Lecturer: Dr Claire Stocks
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims:
1. To further develop 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

This is a specialised module where students work on improving their language and interpretative skills by looking in depth at Latin texts and accompanying secondary literature. Students taking this module will work on set literary text(s) in the original Latin, further refining skills of interpretation and analysis, as well as developing a deeper awareness of broader themes and contexts relating to the texts. The author(s)/text(s) studied will be selections from Statius’ Silvae and Martial’s epigrams. The thematic focus of the module will be ekphrasis, a Greek word meaning ‘description’: ekphraseis are vivid, often dramatic, verbal descriptions, produced as a rhetorical exercise, of a visual work of art (paintings, reliefs, statues, monuments, buildings), of a performance, even of clothing or an accessory, either real or imagined. Students will explore how Statius and Martial play around with physical reality – claiming an object exists when maybe it is not existing at all, or a subject is alive when it is just a visual representation.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion571:0057:0045% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:001 hour/week 'delivered'; 1 added student hour for reflection and revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading561:0056:0045% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Online, Synchronous. Fully interactive.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Directed discussion space for preparation for weekly synchronous sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0015:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CLA8002MA 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;
- translating Latin into clear and fluent English;
- 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 weekly 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M401500 word commentary
Written exercise2M602500 word research project
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study2M800 word commentary
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).

Formative assessment during the course 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.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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