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BA Latin and Spanish
Compare ancient and modern literature with a focus on Spanish language and culture.

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BA Latin and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Our BA Latin and Spanish Joint Honours course will enable you to develop your linguistic skills while learning about the literature and culture of both societies.

You can learn Latin either as a beginner or from A-level standard. Once you've reached the appropriate level, your learning will allow you to study literary and historical texts in their original language.

Modern language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which the languages are - or were - spoken, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

With placement options available at partner universities and in professional environments in several Spanish-speaking countries, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience. Where possible, this includes enrolment on classical courses at an overseas university.

Aims

  • Develop and encourage your interest in the languages, literature and culture of the classical world by providing a broadly based and challenging curriculum including course units that are innovative and stimulating, informed by the research expertise of the teaching staff, and examined by a range of methods of assessment.
  • Offer an opportunity to study the language, literature and culture of both societies.
  • Advise and suggest course units which best exploit the interactions between the subjects of Latin and Spanish.
  • Enable you to read an ever-growing range of ancient authors in the original, with accuracy, fluency and enjoyment.
  • Provide you with progressive language courses in Latin, starting from elementary, intermediate or advanced level, consolidating any existing knowledge of the language(s) and developing reading knowledge and some active competence and other language-based and language-related skills.
  • Train you in the methods, techniques and approaches necessary for the critical study of Latin literature, based on extensive reading of classical texts, studied both in the original language(s) and in translation.
  • Help you to work independently and to organise your own schedules of personal study.
  • Produce graduates with the transferable cognitive skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.
  • Explore diverse aspects of the language, culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which Spanish is spoken.

Special features

University Language Centre
Take advantage of the library, language labs and multimedia facilities at the University Language Centre.

Residence abroad

Your  year abroad will offer the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life in a Spanish-speaking country, and further develop your language skills.

Learn from language experts

Modern language courses are mainly taught by native speakers of the language, giving you a richer learning experience.

Access outstanding resources

Explore the exclusive resources of Manchester Museum and the Special Collections of The John Rylands Library - home to papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books, including very early copies of the Homeric poems.

Teaching and learning

The core of most literary and historical course units is provided by lectures, which introduce and survey the main issues, and are supported by small-group tutorials and seminars.

Language classes are taught intensively, with group size capped to encourage participation.

You are encouraged to involve yourself, under guidance, in independent study and original research.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment practices vary between course units, but our aim overall is to achieve a good balance between formal examinations, continuous assessment and project work.

Written examinations are held at the end of most course units. The third year dissertation contributes 25% of the total marks for your degree.

Course content for year 1

Core units will give you a grounding in the historical and cultural contexts of life in first century Rome via ancient poetry and the study of Latin language. Optional units allow you to start exploring key themes and making links between your fields of study.

You will also be trained in the modern spoken and written Spanish language, undertaking intensive language tuition to suit your current capabilities.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Constructing Archaic Greek History CAHE10011 20 Optional
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC CAHE10022 20 Optional
Stories and Storytelling in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds CAHE10211 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CAHE10231 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
The Odyssey CLAH10101 20 Optional
Cultures of the Hispanic World SPLA10410 20 Optional
Themes in Spanish and Latin American Studies SPLA10420 20 Optional
Spanish Language 1 SPLA51011 20 Optional
Spanish Language 2 SPLA51022 20 Optional
Spanish Language 3 SPLA51030 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 14 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

With just one compulsory course unit in Latin language, you'll have the flexibility to focus your studies on key areas of interest across both subject areas, selecting from a breadth of historical, literary, cultural and societal themes.

You will receive further training in spoken and written Spanish language and you will also be provided with the skills required to be successful in your study of Spanish and Latin American culture and history.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CAHE20042 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CAHE20531 20 Optional
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy CAHE21052 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
The Stuff of History: Objects Across Borders, 1500-1800 HIST21152 20 Optional
Biblical Hebrew RELT20140 20 Optional
New Testament in Greek II RELT20150 20 Optional
Jesus: From Jewish Messiah to Hollywood Idol RELT20711 20 Optional
History and Culture in Modern Spain SPLA20332 20 Optional
History of Latin America SPLA20362 20 Optional
Spanish Linguistics SPLA20772 20 Optional
Hispanic Cinemas SPLA20841 20 Optional
Cultures of Revolution in Latin America SPLA20861 20 Optional
Spanish Language 4 SPLA51040 20 Optional
Spanish Language 5 SPLA51050 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 1 SPLA53010 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 2 SPLA53020 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 20 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

You'll study and/or work for up to a year in a Spanish speaking country, before returning to complete your studies in your fourth year.

Course content for year 4

Continue to shape your understanding according to specific interests, with interdisciplinary and advanced course unit options.

You will further develop your Spanish language skills and knowledge of Spanish and Latin American culture. You will also have the opportunity to explore Catalan language and culture.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Santuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete CAHE30221 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 3 CAHE30310 20 Optional
Ancient Medicine CAHE30381 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30441 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30882 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CAHE31401 20 Optional
Dissertation CLAH30030 40 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes CLAH30031 20 Optional
The Early Roman Republic CLAH30041 20 Optional
Ancient Greek Mythology CLAH30221 20 Optional
Imagined Worlds: Fiction and Desire in Latin and Greek Poetry CLAH30362 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CLAH31042 20 Optional
The Poetry of Ovid CLAH31261 20 Optional
Biblical Hebrew Texts II RELT30380 20 Optional
Paul: Theology, Ethics, Philosophy RELT30962 20 Optional
Dissertation in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies SPLA30000 40 Optional
Transnational Identities in Latin American Literature SPLA30011 20 Optional
Conquistadors, Chroniclers and Indian Informants SPLA30111 20 Optional
Social Issues in Portuguese and Spanish Film SPLA30641 20 Optional
Modern Spanish Music: A Cultural History SPLA31081 20 Optional
The Politics of Business in Latin America SPLA31092 20 Optional
Plural Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean SPLA31121 20 Optional
The Supernatural in Latin American Literature and Film SPLA31132 20 Optional
Spanish Language 6 SPLA51060 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 1 SPLA53010 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 2 SPLA53020 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 27 course units for year 4

Facilities

The John Rylands Library

Exclusive access to our internationally significant collections, including papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

Manchester Museum

The UK's leading university museum has more than four million objects spanning millennia, including one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Go behind-the-scenes to handle, analyse and interpret rare artefacts, including exclusive material specific to ancient history.

The University Language Centre

Home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages. The Centre also offers multilingual word processing; language learning software; off-air recording and AV duplication; multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV and extensive support and advice for learners.

Societies

The University is home to over 30 international and language related student societies offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences. Learn more about colloquialisms in language through native speakers and take part in discussion groups and socials. Some of our societies also coordinate trips abroad to language-specific destinations.

Find out more on the Facilities pages for Classics and Ancient History and Modern Languages and Cultures

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk