Archaeology and Ancient History (VVC4): Selected Module Descriptions Final Year

Final Year 

Compulsory modules

Dissertation (40 credits)

The dissertation is an extended piece of independent research into an area of the student's own interest resulting in a report of 12,000 words. Students will build skills enabling them to identify and explore the appropriate secondary literature (and primary source material, where appropriate), and to interrogate these sources effectively. Students will receive tuition in collating, ordering and referencing their research. Students will complete a sustained piece of academic research drawing on primary and secondary source materials. This module enables students to develop the analytical elements of research and present their research findings professionally. The main focus of supervision will be on assisting the student to structure their core argument effectively, present convincing analysis of the evidence used to sustain their argument, and to prepare a clear introduction and conclusion to the dissertation.

CAHA Extended Essay

The extended essay consists of independent research into an area of Classics, Ancient History, or Archaeology, determined by the student's own interest. Students will build skills enabling them to identify, explore and evaluate primary source material and secondary literature. The main focus of supervision will be on assisting the student to structure their core argument effectively, present convincing analysis of the evidence used to sustain their argument, and to prepare a clear introduction and conclusion to the dissertation.

Special Subject A and B (20 + 20 credits) 

 The below is an exemplary list of options that may be available each year:

  • Greeks and Barbarians
  • Carthage and Rome
  • Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World archē
  • Democracy and Empire: The World of the Athenian
  • Wonderful Things: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture
  • Greek Epigram
  • Far-flung Corners: Being Roman in the Late Roman World, c. 200-550
  • Ritual and Religion: Performance, Materiality and Belief
  • How to Build an Empire: Communications and Conflict (-Resolution)
  • The Roman Republic in Imperial Imagination
  • The Spartan Kosmos 545-371 BCE
  • From Stonehenge to Mycenae: the Bronze Age in Europe
  • Living and Dying in Wetlands

Example optional modules may include: 

  • Age of Empire (20 credits)
  • Death, burial and society (20 credits)
  • Greek, Latin, Akkadian or Egyptian Language at appropriate level (20 or 40 credits)
  • Greek Mythology (20 credits)
  • Late Antiquity (20 credits)
  • Palace Societies (20 credits)
  • Sparta (20 credits)
  • Face to face with Egypt's Gods (20 credits)
  • Love in Greek Literature (20 credits)
  • Hellenistic Literature (20 credits)
  • Myths and Mortals: Mythology in Greek and Roman Visual Arts (20 credits)
  • Greek and Roman Visual Arts (20 credits)
  • Roman Religion and its Limits (20 credits)
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy in the Roman World (20 credits)