Classics in Second Year Arts

For full details, consult the Classics Student Handbook available on our Undergraduate Classics page.

Introductory general meeting

Lectures in all modules begin from 9am on the first day of semester one, Monday 28 September 2020.

On that day, both lectures scheduled for 1pm will be replaced a special general meeting which all students planning to take Second Year Classics should attend. This year the meeting will take place live online in Blackboard Collaborate. (An e-mail invitation will be sent to students in advance of the meeting.)

We will offer an overall introduction to the course ahead, including an overview of the available modules. This will be an opportunity to find out more about the course and to ask any questions, so we encourage you to attend even if you have not already decided for definite to take Classics.

Choosing your modules

All Classics modules count for 5 ECTS credits. Depending on your programme, during Second Year you will take the following credits in Classics:

  • 25 ECTS credits (5 modules):
    Typically students taking BA Connect programmes (Bachelor of Arts with Children's Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Human Rights, Performing Arts Studies or Journalism).
  • 30 ECTS credits (6 modules):
    Most other programmes, including the BA Joint Honours (GY101).

Our modules cover a range of topics including beginner’s Latin and Greek, literature and mythology, archaeology and history. Many students build up their selection from a core disciplinary direction either in language and literature or in material culture and history. If you’re taking the language and literature path, you should consider beginning at least one of the languages as a central part of the challenge; if you’re going for the material culture route, Dr Herring’s courses are likely to be vital. But there are no wrong choices, and the essential thing is to pursue the modules that fit your interests most closely and works towards the best set of skills.

In each semester, one module is informally designated as the core module, and most students include this as part of their selection. However, it is not obligatory to do so, especially if you are replacing the core module with a language course or a specialist course in archaeology and material culture. The second-year co-ordinator or any member of academic staff will be happy to discuss any questions you might have.

Interdisciplinary options

Where possible, suitable modules from Celtic Civilisation are made available to Classics students and can be taken as optionals. For more information, see below.

Timetable clashes

You should check your timetable to make sure that the modules you choose are not scheduled at the same time. We have pointed out any clashes within the Classics programme, but we cannot predict clashes between Classics modules and modules in other subjects, though we have made every effort to minimise this happening.

Semester one course structure

Core module

CCS201 Studies in the Ancient Imagination

Options in literature, history and material culture

CC228 History of the Roman Empire
CC2103 Mediterranean Origins

Language options

CC230 Beginning Latin 1
CCS205 Ancient Greek for Beginners 1
CCS315 Intermediate Latin 1 (after one year of study)

Timetable clash: CC230 cannot taken with CC2103.

Semester two course structure

Core module

CC2104 The City-State

Options in literature, history and material culture

CC2102 Classical Mythology and Drama
CC2105 Heroic Epic

Language options

CC232 Beginning Latin 2 (continuing from CC230)
CCS206 Ancient Greek for Beginners 2 (continuing from CCS205)
CCS316 Intermediate Latin 2 (continuing from CCS315)

Interdisciplinary option

SG217 A Field of Gods & Men: Celtic Mythology

Timetable clashes:
CCS201 cannot be taken with CC232, and SG217 cannot be taken with CCS206.