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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Greek and Roman Studies with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Greek and Roman Studies with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4CTHCTH19
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Greek and Roman Studies with Study Abroad offers access to the culture and thought of the ancient world through its literature and artefacts. All of the texts are taught in translation. The programme combines the traditional virtues of rigorous attention to the nuances and subtleties of ancient Greek and Roman literature with some of the most exciting and innovative approaches to the ancient world available today. Not only will you access the subject from a variety of angles (literary, literary-critical, philosophical, cultural-historical, art-historical), but you will also be encouraged to question the many intellectual and political uses to which the Classical world is put in the modern world.

You may only transfer into this 3-year programme if you fail the compulsory, non-condonable Classical Language and Texts module(s) in either stage 1 or stage 2 in BA (Hons) Classical Studies with Study Abroad or BA (Hons) Classics with Study Abroad. Apart from the language requirement it is identical to the BA Classical Studies with Study Abroad programme. There is no direct entry into the programme. Transfer into the programme will be at the discretion of the Faculty and will require Faculty approval.

This programme is studied over four years. The first two years and the final year are university-based, and the third year is spent at a university abroad on an approved programme of study.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will offer you a structured framework of study in which you follow a balanced and complementary range of modules, with sufficient choice to ensure that you are able to follow an individual pathway of learning. The programme further aims to:

  • Provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment that is informed by research where deemed appropriate.
  • Offer a structured framework of study which ensures that within the timespan of the programme you follow a balanced and complementary range of modules, whilst allowing sufficient choice to ensure that you are able to follow individual pathways of learning.
  • Introduce you to a varied body of literary, cultural, political and philosophical works of Greece and Rome.
  • Promote your understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of Greek and Roman texts and your appreciation of the contribution of individual authors and texts to an understanding of the literary genres of Greek and Roman literature.
  • Foster your understanding of Greek and Roman cultures, with a focus on
    • their literature and thought;
    • the issues involved in studying other cultures;
    • the similarities and differences between ancient cultures and our own.
  • Provide a range of academic and personal skills which will prepare students from varied educational backgrounds for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility and adaptability, and which will enable you to deploy your knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances.
  • Offer you the opportunity to develop your skills and capabilities (including linguistic skills, where appropriate) through the pursuit of study in another University in a different geographical and cultural setting.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Faculty website:

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


120 credits of core and options from relevant parent programme (either BA Classics or BA Classical Studies)

Students cannot transfer on to this programme prior to stage 2.

Stage 2


60-90 credits of compulsory modules, 30-60 credits of optional modules

Transfer to the programme can include the condonement of up to 30 credits of previously failed non-condonable language core in stage 1 of BA Classics or BA Classical Studies.

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

a select either CLA2005 or CLA2006; the modules run in alternate years so you must select the one which is running.

b select at least 15 credits of compulsory Text and Context modules.

c select at least 15 credits of compulsory Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) modules.

d select 0-30 credits from this list of Classics and Ancient History optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CLA CLA2005-CLA2006 [See note a above]
CLA2005 Greek and Roman Narrative 30 No
CLA2006 Greek and Roman Drama 30 No
CLA S2 BA Text and Context 2023-4 [See note b above]
CLA2406 Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy 15 No
CLA2410 Text and Context: Writing Women in Ancient Literature 15 No
CLA S2 BA Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) 2023-4 [See note c above]
CLA2514 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence) - Pompeii: Destruction, Discovery and Afterlife 15 No
CLA2517 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Hellenistic Palaces in West Asia 15 No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CLA S2 BA GRS SH opt 2023-4 [See note d above]
CLA2302 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Greek Historiography to the End of the Fifth Century BC 15 No
CLA2307 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence) Ancient Medicine 15 No
CLA2507 Ancient World: Greek Philosophy 15 No
CLA2001 Greek History: Problems and Sources 30 No
CLA2002 Roman History: Problems and Sources 30 No
CLA2301 Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Tyranny 15 No
CLA2354 Ancient Sources (Material Evidence): Brave New Rome of Augustus 15 No
CLA2358 Ancient Sources Material Evidence: Building Communities in Archaic Greece 15 No
CLA2401 Text and Context: Early Greek Poetry 15 No
CLA2405 Text and Context: Roman Laughter 15 No
CLA2508 Ancient World: Roman Philosophy 15 No
CLA2516 Ancient World (Written Evidence): Persuasion in Ancient Greece 15 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No
HUM HUM2004-HUM2005
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the Faculty Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/where/ and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed.

Transfer to the programme can include the condonement of up to 30 credits of previously failed non-condonable language core in stage 2 of BA Classics or BA Classical Studies.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUM3999 Year Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4


120 credits of optional modules

You will have the choice of a range of specialist modules, including the opportunity to take our dissertation module, to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests and providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree.

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CLA3009 Dissertation 30No
CLA SF BA GRS SH opt 2023-4
CLA3033 Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds 30 No
CLA3045 Thucydides and the Idea of History 30 No
CLA3056 Ovid and the Erotic Passions 15 No
CLA3113 Art in Greek Society 15 No
CLA3123 Applied Classics 15 No
CLA3124 Receptions of the Classical Body 30 No
CLA3125 Reading and Writing Greek Literature in the Hellenistic World 30 No
CLA3255 Greek Political Thought 15 No
CLA3257 Living in the Roman World: Society and Culture 30 No
CLA3263 Being and Not-Being in Greek Philosophy: from Parmenides to Aristotle 15 No
CLA3267 Dialogues with the Past: Creative Interpretative Project 15 No
CLA3274 The Persians in a Near Eastern Context 30 No
CLA3275 Women Writing Classics 15 No
CLA3277 Lost Works and Fragments 15 No
CLA3278 Roman Political Thought 15 No
CLA3279 Knowledge, Wealth and Power in the Ancient World 30 No
CLA3008 The Age of Cicero 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of major literary works of Greece and Rome, read critically individual works within a specific genre, and demonstrate an awareness of the way texts reflect changes in ancient society and perceptions. (3.2 A1)
2. Demonstrate an awareness of and critical engagement with aspects of Greek and Roman society, religion and philosophy and be able to evaluate the similarities and differences with our own culture (3.2 A2).
3. Demonstrate an awareness of and critical engagement with aspects of Greek and Roman society, religion and philosophy and be able to evaluate the similarities and differences with our own culture (3.2 A2).
4. Evaluate, analyse and synthesise a wide range of viewpoints on problems of interpretation and evaluation, and adopt a variety of critical approaches to the subject drawn from different disciplines within the subject area (3.2 A5).

(Numbers in brackets above refer to the QAA Benchmark Statement for Classics and Ancient History)

ILOs 1-4 form the basis of the programme in all levels. However, more sophisticated analysis and understanding is expected in the final stage. These skills are developed in stages 1 and 2 by means of lectures, discussion in seminars, researching and writing essays, gobbet answers and oral presentations. In the final stage these skills are developed in relation to particular topics and periods through specialised modules and through an optional dissertation. These skills are also reinforced in the final stage by placing greater emphasis on seminars; on oral presentations (often summatively assessed); and essay writing (longer essays are expected in the final stage).

The assessment of ILOs 1-4 is made through a combination of examinations (including essays and gobbet passages for comment); term-time essays and, in many final stage modules, the assessment of oral presentations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Analyse critically individual texts and combine those analyses to demonstrate understanding of the development of literary genres.
6. Select and apply appropriate critical tools when reading primary and secondary literature and ancient literature in translation (3.6 B6).
7. Demonstrate a professional approach to referencing and the use of bibliography (3.7 B12).
8. Synthesise complex and diverse arguments and ideas lucidly and coherently, both orally and in writing (3.6 B9).
9. Engage in creative analytical and evaluative thinking about texts, sources, arguments and interpretations (3.6 B7).
10. Engage in lateral thinking, making connections between ideas and information in different fields of your study (3.6 B8).
11. Gather, memorise, organise and deploy evidence, information and ideas, and show an awareness of the provisional nature of knowledge (3.5 B4).
12. Reflect critically on the extent and limitations of your learning and understanding (3.5 B2).

These skills are developed throughout the programme by means of lectures, discussion in seminars and study-groups, the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in seminars and the writing of essays. In stages 2 and 3 you are expected to prepare longer and more sophisticated seminar presentations, and, in the final stage, to write longer essays in order further to develop these skills. Also in the final stage seminars are normally 2 hours in length and form the primary teaching and learning medium, with a focus on developing, in the context of their particular subjects, the more complex analytical skills listed opposite.

ILO 12 is developed through feedback on written work (normally delivered one-to-one, as well as in written form in the final stage).

The assessment of ILOs 5-11 is made through a combination of examinations (including essays and gobbet passages for comment); term-time essays and, in many final stage modules, the assessment of oral presentations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

13. Present an argument orally in a clear, organised and effective manner (3.7 B11).
14. Present an argument in a written form in a clear and organised manner, with appropriate use of correct English (3.6 B9).
15. Work creatively, flexibly and adaptably with others, both peers and academic staff.
16. Demonstrate autonomy, manifested in self-direction and intellectual initiative, both in learning and study and in the management of time (3.5 B1).
17. Participate effectively in oral discussions. (3.6 B9)
18. Write and think under pressure and meet deadlines (3.5 B13).
19. Make critical and well-informed use of IT resources to acquire and manipulate general and subject-specific information (3.7 B15).
20. Use IT to create clearly presented written assignments and handouts (3.7.B19).
21. Advance linguistic competence independently.
22. Adapt to the culture and working practices of a foreign country.

ILOs 13 and 17-18 are developed through the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in most modules in all levels, and through the oral discussion of challenging material in all modules in the programme.

ILO 15 is developed through participation in study groups with other students in most modules in the programme. It is also developed through meetings with personal tutors, one-to-one tutorials giving feedback on written work and through discussion in seminars.

ILOs 14 and 18 are developed through examinations in all levels and through written assignments in all levels.

ILO 16 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is encouraged through preparation for written and oral assignments, general preparation for seminars and language classes and through the stage 1 reflective learning notebook.

ILO 18 may be further developed in the final stage through the optional dissertation module.

ILOs 19-20 are developed through compulsory oral presentations supported by hand-outs, through the requirement that all written work is word-processed, and through your personal development plan.

ILOs 21-22 are developed through the language tuition in stages 1 and 2 and in the year abroad.

ILOs 13, 15 and 17-19 are assessed through the summative assessment of oral presentations in the final stage (10 or 20%). This assessment may also include a formative peer evaluation element.

ILOs 14 and 18 are assessed through examinations and written work in all levels and in all modules.

ILO 20 is assessed through the assessment of written coursework.

ILOs 21-22 are assessed through the language modules at stages 1 and 2 and in the Study Abroad module.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the relevant three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Year Abroad are selected.

The Year Abroad counts as a single 120-credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA Greek and Roman Studies with Study Abroad. If you fail the Year Abroad module your degree title will be commuted to BA Greek and Roman Studies. You will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad with their grades converted back to Exeter grades to contribute towards your degree classification. The rules governing failure and referral will be determined by the host institution.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

The marking criteria, which closely reflect the skills outlined in the Programme Outcomes section, and the Department’s expectations with regard to study groups, are available in the Student Handbook, which can be found at:

www.intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed in section 9, the Department of Classics and Ancient History provides:

  • Team Skills Development Programme
  • Student Handbooks and module guides (available in print and on the department websites)
  • ELE based learning support materials and activities (Hercules)
  • Access to teaching staff – times when staff are available are posted on office doors and contact email addresses provided in student handbooks
  • Student representation at department meetings and Faculty Teaching Committee
  • Student progress review and reporting via reserved agenda items at department meetings

The Faculty complies with the Code of Practice on Study and Work Experience Abroad. The name of the member of staff acting as the programme’s co-ordinator for study abroad is made known to you before you leave Exeter, and this person is responsible for liaison and oversight of your progress during the year abroad. Contact will be maintained with you during your year abroad by regular email communication.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Greek and Roman Studies with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Classics and ancient history (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek)

23. Dates

Origin Date

29/03/2017

Date of last revision

17/06/2023