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Programme Details 2015-2016

BA Single Honours, BA/BSc Combined Honours
Department of Humanities

PROGRAMME CONVENER(S): Dr Fiona McHardy, 020 8392 3733,

For further information please contact the Department Administrator, Sevgi Thompson, 020 8392 3284,

LOCATION: The modules in this programme are taught at the Roehampton Lane campus unless otherwise stated.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE: This programme will provide students with rigorous training in the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of the classical civilisations in ancient Greece and Rome. Students may study Classical Civilisation as part of a combined honours programme or as a single honours programme.

AIMS: This programme aims to:

  • foster interest, engagement and enjoyment in learning about the ancient past, its history and literature, philosophical ideas, art and archaeology, religion, language and culture;
  • encourage through confrontation with the ancient world independent thinking, effective arguing and skilful problem-solving;
  • offer opportunities to debate topics of ongoing relevance and appreciate the continuing influence of classical antiquity in the modern period;
  • provide a learning environment which allows students to gain a progressively deeper understanding of subjects of classical civilisation and of appropriate multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods;
  • encourage students to make their own contributions to academic debates.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete the programme will:

  • know about a wide range of themes and topics in the study of the classical world, have read and analysed a considerable number of classical texts, have seen and interpreted a significant number of archaeological objects, ancient images and monuments, and gained an appreciation of the ancient languages;
  • be able to appreciate the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of their studies;
  • have acquired the ability to use critically a variety of methods including historical debate, textual and literary analysis, visual skills, archaeological discussion, philosophical discourse;
  • have developed a deeper understanding of relevant academic debates through their engagement with specific research issues;
  • understand the profound impact of the classical world on later periods and the interrelatedness of the interpretation of the ancient past and its influences.


Compulsory and Required modules
The list of compulsory and required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Below is a list of the compulsory and required modules currently offered.

Optional modules
Not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in any one year. Below is a list of modules which have been offered in the past.


Compulsory module
#HSA020C135A - Introduction to Classical Civilisation

Optional modules
HSA020C104S - Introduction to Classical Art
HSA020C124A - Introduction to Ancient History
HSA020C138A - Introduction to Ancient Literature
HSA020C139S - Introduction to Classical Mythology
HSA020C143S - Introduction to Ancient Archaeology
LCL020C110Y - Latin Beginner
LCG020C101Y - Ancient Greek Beginner
¬LCG020C103 - Introduction to New Testament Greek


Compulsory module
#HSA020N212A - Myths and Mythology

Optional modules
HSA020N202Y - Work Placement
HSA020N210A - Pompeii: The Roman Town and its Modern Reception
HSA020N214A - The Historical Jesus
HSA020N215S - Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
HSA020N216S - Homer and the Epic Cycle
¬HSA020N217 - Politics, Society and Religion in the Late Roman Empire
¬HSA020N242 - Intermediate Latin
¬HSA020N248 - Museums in London
¬HSA020N256 - Vergil
HSA020N260A - Sparta
HSA020N262A - The Ancient City of Rome Study Trip to Rome
¬HSA020N265 - The Roehampton Campus Project
DRA020N419S - Classical Greek and Roman Drama in Context


Please note that you may not take modules outside your registered programme(s) during your final year.

Compulsory module
either #HSA040X300Y - Dissertation
or #HSA020X301Y - Special Essay

Optional modules
HSA020X307A - Gender and the Body in Classical Art
HSA020X310Y - Work Placement 2
HSA020X312S - Classics and Cinema
HSA020X313S - Romans and Barbarians
HSA020X314A - Violence and Law in Ancient Greece
HSA020X345A - Myth and Sacred Narrative: Ideas, Ideologies and Interpretations
HSA020X350S - The Gospel of John and the Early Church
HSA020X355S - Athena the Trickster
¬HSA020X361 - Reading Latin Texts
HSA020X368A - Merchants and Goods on the Move: Trade in the Roman Empire
¬HSA020X371 - Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic

Module annotations:
# - compulsory module (must be passed)
¬ - module not available in 2015-2016.

a) Each module code consists of a three-letter module prefix denoting the programme it belongs to (eg BSS020C103Y = Biosciences), the following three digits refer to its credit value (eg BSS020C103Y = 20 credits), the single letter in the middle (eg BSS020C103Y) denotes the module level (eg C = Level 4, N = Level 5, X = Level 6), the last three digits denote its unique number (eg BSS020C103Y), and the final letter denotes its suffix (eg BSS020C103Y). The suffixes indicate the following: A - Autumn term, S - Spring term, H Summer term/Summer intensive mode and Y - All year.

b) Individual module details can be viewed by clicking on each module code or using the "View all modules" link below for a complete list of module assessments and descriptions. Where an assessment has more than one component all elements must be passed, unless individual module assessment details state otherwise.

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