Classical Literature and Civilisation (Q820): Selected Module Descriptions Final Year

Final Year

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.

Special Subject A+B (20+20 credits)

A typical range of final year Special Subjects might include:

  • From Stonehenge to Mycenae: the Bronze Age in Europe
  • Living and dying in wetlands
  • Carthage and Rome
  • Greeks and Barbarians
  • Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Democracy and Empire: The World of the Athenian arche
  • Wonderful things: an introduction to ancient Egyptian art and architecture
  • Greek Epigram
  • Far-flung corners: being Roman in the late Roman world, c. 200-c.550
  • Ritual and Religion: performance, materiality and belief
  • How to build an Empire: Communication and Conflict (-Resolution)
  • The Roman Republic in Imperial Imagination
  • The Spartan kosmos 545-371 BCE
  • De)constructing the Romans 

Example optional modules may include: 

  • Death, burial and society (20 credits)
  • Love in Greek Literature(20 credits)
  • Palace Societies (20 credits)
  • Greek Mythology (20 credits)
  • Sparta (20 credits)
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy in the Roman World (20 credits)
  • Face to Face with Egypt's Gods (20 credits)
  • Greek 1,2 and 3 (20+20+20 credits)
  • Latin 1,2 and 3 (20+20+20 credits)
  • Introduction to Egyptian A+B (20+20 credits)
  • Professional Skills Module

This is a work placement module involving a minimum of 10 days in a work environment in the type of organisation or business sector to which students might apply following successful completion of their undergraduate programme. The module will provide students with an opportunity to develop transferable skills, including team working, problem solving and communication skills, as well as allowing the development of the ability to self-reflect on activity undertaken.

Further information on the Professional skills module