CL2RS-Roman Satire

Module Provider: Classics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Gillian Knight


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module will examine the origins and development of Roman satire, paying special attention to its social and political context.

- to trace the beginnings and development of Roman satire as a genre
- to consider selected works by the main authors, placing them in their social and political context
- to consider the tradition of Roman satire in the light of more recent manifestations of satire

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will

- demonstrate some knowledge of a range of Roman satirical poetry
- demonstrate some understanding of its social and political background
- be able to compare Roman satire with more recent satire

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and students’ effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant sources including bibliographies.

Outline content:
The module will study the satirical poetry of Horace, Persius and Juvenal.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught in 5 x 2 hour sessions, comprising a mixture of lecture and seminar discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Seminars 5
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students will be required to undertake a piece of research of their own design culminating in an essay of 2,500 – 3,000 words. It must be submitted by 12.00 of the final Friday of the Autumn term.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be required to produce a short unassessed presentation on a topic of their own choice in the final session of the course.

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:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework 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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