BA Latin and Linguistics

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:

Unit code CLAH30030
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Classics and Ancient History
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


Students are required to submit a thesis of at least 10,000 words and not more than 12,000 words (excluding bibliography, but including footnotes). You may choose to base your thesis on course-units taken in your first, second, or third year but, in principle, the thesis may be on any Greek or Roman/Latin topic you can show you have thought through seriously and in depth.

Most of the lecturers who teach course-units for Classics and Ancient History degree programmes are eligible to supervise your thesis, but please note that the agreement of a lecturer to supervise you is at his/her discretion: s/he is not obliged to do so. In general, the course-units that lecturers teach provide a good indication of their special areas of expertise; you should also consult staff web pages for further information. If you wish to work on a topic which is not obviously covered by the special interests of a lecturer, ask your Personal Tutor for advice as to who may be best suited to your needs. No later than the first week of October, you should approach the member of staff whom you wish to be your supervisor, in order to discuss the topic and title of your thesis.


' To enable students to identify a topic for sustained research
- To deploy, in an extended dissertation, the skills, intellectual and practical, acquired during the previous two years of study.
- To develop research skills, including the independent construction of a bibliography, identification of research issue/question, deployment of ancient texts and modern scholarship
- To demonstrate the ability to critically analyse ancient texts
- To demonstrate the ability to gather and manage ancient evidence and to treat it with discrimination
- To demonstrate the ability to evaluate and critique modern scholarship
- To build confidence in expressing opinion, in an informed manner
- To develop awareness of standards of academic presentation
- To produce an argument that develops over the course of the dissertation.
- To develop and demonstrate a specialist knowledge and analytical understanding of a well-defined aspect of Greek and/or Roman antiquity.

Learning outcomes

Students who satisfactorily complete this course will have:
-Developed an in-depth understanding of the chosen area of study
- Will be able to present a clear and coherent argument in relation to an identified research issue or question
- Demonstrate enhanced research skills
- Evaluate scholarly arguments and offer informed opinion
- Knowledge, understanding and analysis of ancient texts and material evidence
- Will be able to develop an extended piece argument in accordance with appropriate standards of academic referencing, citation and bibliography.Developed independent research skills
- Developed independent research skills

Teaching and learning methods

You may count on your supervisor(s) for four hours of face-to-face supervision (which may mean (e.g.) eight half-hour meetings). As the thesis tests skills of independent work and research, the supervisor will read and comment only on the summary (see below), one chapter, an outline of the whole, and your bibliography. Dates and times of supervision contact should be arranged directly with your supervisor.

Assessment methods

1 thesis of 10,000 - 12, 000 words.

NOTE: This thesis is worth 40 credits and is thus equivalent to two marks in the final examination. It is therefore taken by the School (and on this basis assessed by Classics and Ancient History) to represent the result of *400* hours of your work (or 13-14 hours work each week) for 30 weeks.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Additional notes

Dates and times of supervision contact should be arranged directly with your supervisor.

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