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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Classics and Ancient History


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham


  • A-level Latin, or equivalent.


  • For students taking Classics (Q801), Classical Civilisation (Q820), and Ancient History (V110): Intermediate Latin 1B.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To offer in-depth and intensive training in Latin accidence, grammar, and syntax.


  • Provides in-depth analysis of accidence, grammar, and syntax, which will enable students to have a good active and passive command of the Latin language.
  • By the end of the course, students will be able to translate from English into Latin.
  • Students will be trained in relevant linguistic, morphological, and philological areas in order to widen their understanding of how the Latin language works and how it developed over time.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to research and discuss key aspects of the idiom and usage of the Latin language.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of Latin morphology and syntax to the level required for the independent reading and interpretation of continuous texts in the original language; a knowledge of a significant range of vocabulary items.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Latin idiom and usage.
  • Knowledge of key terms used in the analysis, discussion, and interpretation of Latin.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • A comprehensive understanding of Latin accidence, grammar, and syntax and their usage.
  • The ability to apply this knowledge of Latin accidence, grammar and syntax to the reading of texts by a range of authors.
Key Skills:
  • An ability to move between one language and another, in relation to a limited range of texts and sources, with a significant degree of confidence.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Interactive and frequent language classes will be offered as the most appropriate and effective way of teaching.
  • This will allow students the opportunity to discuss in detail key issues raised in language classes.
  • Students will learn through regular preparation for the classes, and interaction with the teacher and each other in the process of learning.
  • The course will be assessed through an exam paper, which will be designed to test the topics and questions addressed in the classes at a level appropriate to those in their first year of study.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Language classes 44 2 per week 1 hour 44
Preparation and Reading 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
summative examination 3 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Homework in the form of language exercises to be prepared in advance of every class. Formative tests in class on translation/linguistic issues and commentary-style questions. One formative assessment, as required; this might include a commentary, an essay or essay plan, translation and syntactical analysis exercises.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University