CL1TR-Texts, Readers, and Writers

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Eleanor Dickey


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module explores the history of texts, reading, and writing in the Greek and Roman worlds. We shall cover different types of literature and scholarship as well as non-literary documents. Attention will also be given to ancient writing materials and technologies. No knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek is required.


Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module students will be able to:
•show a general understanding of the types of literary and non-literary texts produced in ancient Greece and Rome;
•demonstrate understanding of the special issues concerning inscriptions, papyri, and Linear B tablets;
•know the Greek alphabet;
•show awareness of the difference between a translation and an original text, and an ability to pick the best translation for a particular purpose;
•demonstrate understanding of the relationship between Greek and Roman literary culture, and between both of these and the modern world.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students are also encouraged to develop their IT skills by use of computer resources.

Outline content:
Topics studied may include:
•Linear B tablets;
•Vindolanda tablets;
•Greek literature;
•Roman literature;
•ancient scholarship;
•the transmission of ancient texts to our time
•translations and how to evaluate them.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught by lectures and seminars with two or three contact hours per week.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 6
Guided independent study 174
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One paper of two hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

An essay of 2000 – 2,500 words can be submitted for any one of three deadlines: Monday of week 5 of term, Monday of week 7 of term, or Monday of week 11 of term (the last Monday of term). Essays must answer one of the questions provided for that submission date, be based on the reading set for that question, and follow all other directions given.

Formative assessment methods:

Seminar discussion, seminar presentations, and an interim assessment will be used for formative assessment.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A grade of 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in August. Coursework must be resubmitted in August.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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