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Postgraduate Studies: Classical Studies

 

SLL4024S PHILOSOPHY II POST ARISTOTLELIAN PHILOSOPHY

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: Study of the main post-Aristotelian Schools of philosophy, Epicurean, Stoic, Sceptic, Cynic, and New Academy. Various aspects of these philosophies will be covered: dialectic, physics and ethics. Emphasis may be given to particular themes, such the notion of the divine, and the interaction with competing forms of expertise (such as rhetoric). Appreciation of cultural and historical context will be included, where appropriate.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work.

Assessment: Two essays, 35% each; and one test 30%.

 

SLL4050F PRE-SOCRATICS TO ARISTOTLE

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: Study, through analysis of surviving texts, of the origins and development of Ancient Greek philosophy and the formation of philosophical systems. Selected fragments of the Pre-Socratics will be read, and introduction provided to the tools required to read them competently. Selected dialogues of Plato and treatises of Aristotle will also be examined.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work.

Assessment: Two essays, 35% each; and one test 30%.

 

SLL4081F CLASSICAL STUDIES TOPICS I

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed study of a clearly defined period in Greek or Roman History, to be determined by student interest and staff availability, involving careful investigation of primary sources and trends in modern scholarship. Periods studied have included The Age of Augustus, The Flavians, Alexander the Great, and The Successors to Alexander.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 5,000 words, 100%.

 

SLL4082F CLASSICAL STUDIES TOPICS II

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed study of an aspect of ancient culture, either a literary, historical or cultural subject (determined by student interest and staff availability), across a broad time span. Close attention is paid to primary sources, textual and material, and trends in modern scholarship are subjected to analysis. Topics offered have included Early Greek poetry, Athenian or Roman, Imperialism, Resistance to Roman Rule.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 5,000 words, 100%.

 

SLL4083S CLASSICAL STUDIES TOPICS III

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed study of an aspect of ancient culture, either a literary, historical or cultural subject (determined by student interest and staff availability), across a broad time span. Close attention is paid to primary sources, textual and material, and trends in modern scholarship are subjected to analysis. Topics offered have included Ancient Divination, Epistolography and Classical Architecture.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 5,000 words, 100%.

 

SLL4084S CLASSICAL STUDIES IV

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed analysis of a defined geographical area and chronological period within the overall time-span of 1600 BC and AD 640 (determined by student interest and staff availability). Students are required to scrutinise primary sources, both textual and material and to study trends in modern scholarship. Topics offered have included Rome’s expansion across Italy and its cultural implications, Egypt under Roman Rule, Life in Roman Britain.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 5,000 words, 100%.

 

SLL4085F GREEK LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS I

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed literary, philological, metrical and contextual study of selected genres of Greek poetry (determined by student interest and staff availability). Topics offered include narrative epic (Homer), didactic poetry (Hesiod), elegy and lyric (as represented by fragments of Archaic poets), epigram, and bucolic. Attention to ancient criticism of traditional poets may also be included.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

SLL4086F GREEK LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS II

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed literary, philological, and contextual study of Early and Classical prose authors of the fifth and fourth centuries BC (determined by student interest and staff availability). Authors offered include the historians Herodotus and Thucydides, dialogues of Plato, and the Attic orators (Lysias, Isocrates, Demosthenes). Later historians such as Polybius and Appian may also be included.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

 SLL4087S GREEK LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS III

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed study of specimens of Greek drama (determined by student interest and staff availability). Specimens from both tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides) and comedy (Aristophanes, Menander) may be offered, as well as surviving ancient treatments of tragedy in philosophy and literary criticism (in Plato and Aristotle). Among the topics which will be covered are social, religious, and political context, technicalities of performance, and metadramatical considerations.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

SLL4088S GREEK LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS IV

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed study of post-Classical literature in Greek (determined by student interest and staff availability). Topics include Alexandrian literature, (Apollonius of Rhodes, Theocritus Idylls), literature drawn from the time of the Roman Empire, often termed the ‘Second Sophistic’ (Plutarch, Dio of Prusa, the Greek novelists), and ancient commentary on, and theory of, literature.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

SLL4089F LATIN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS I

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed literary, philological and contextual study of selected Latin prose authors other than writers of history from the second century BC through to the Imperial period (determined by student interest and staff availability). Authors offered have included Cicero, Petronius, Apuleius and Suetonius and generic topics have included Classical Rhetoric in theory and practice.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

SLL4090F LATIN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS II

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed literary, philological and contextual study of selected aspects of Latin poetry from the third century BC through to the Imperial period (determined by student interest and staff availability). Topics offered have included Early Latin poetry, Catullus, Lucretius, Latin Love Elegy, Horace, and the Theory and Practice of Poetry in the First Century BC.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

SLL4091S LATIN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS III

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed literary, philological and contextual study of Latin texts in the field of historiography from the beginnings of the appearance of this discursive form in Latin through to the Imperial period (determined by student interest and staff availability). Authors covered include Cato, Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, Valerius Maximus and Velleius Paterculus.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

 

SLL4092S LATIN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE TOPICS IV

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline: This course offers a detailed literary, philological and contextual study of selected authors of Latin poetry and of poetic genres that flourished during the Imperial period (determined by student interest and staff availability). Authors offered include Virgil, Horace, Statius, Martial and Juvenal; Lucan and Valerius Flaccus; genres studied have included satire and epic, and bucolic.

DP requirements: Students must attend all sessions and complete all assignments by the due date.

Assessment: Two essays of at least 4,000 words 70%; one test 30%.

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