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Classical Civilisation BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    College of St Hild and St Bede

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The BA in Classical Civilisation offers a broad and varied exploration of the society and culture of Greece and Rome, and their importance for us today, as well as an opportunity to focus on particular areas which might interest you. The course includes the option of beginning to learn Greek or Latin language (or continuing, if you have studied the languages already).**Year 1**In the first year, you will take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture:Introduction to the Greek WorldMonuments and Memory in the Age of AugustusYou will also take one module that introduces you to ancient philosophy. In previous years, these modules have been offered:Socrates and the SocraticsEarly Greek Philosophy.You will also take a module that introduces you to the cultural, anthropological and literary implications of translation:Language, Translation and Interpretation.Other first-year optional modules have previously included:Beginners’ Latin and GreekIntermediate Latin and Greek (if you have an A level or equivalent)Lives of ObjectsThe Craft of the Ancient Historian.**Year 2**You will take a module in which you study representative examples of Greek and Roman epic; you will be introduced to a wide range of approaches to the study of epic including its role as a device for memorialisation and you will also explore the ways in which the genre developed in Greek and Roman antiquity, and beyond:Traditions of Epic.If you choose to study Latin or Greek you may continue these courses in your second year. It is also possible to begin the study of Latin or Greek in your second year.Many of the other modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre.Historical offerings have previously included:The Hellenistic WorldCrisis of The Roman RepublicEmperors and Dynasties.Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included:Greek Literature and The Near EastInterpreting Greek Tragedy TodayCreation and CosmologyAncient Political Thought and ActionStoicismDialogues with AntiquityClassical Receptions & Contemporary CulturesTheatre and Spectacle in Ancient RomeMyths of Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.**Year 3 (Year 4 if taking a Year Abroad)**You will write a Dissertation in your third year. You can choose a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you will meet regularly for guidance throughout Year 3. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of our members of staff.Historical modules have previously included:Greeks and PersiansRoman SyriaWriting AlexanderThe Life and Times of CiceroUrbs RomaThe Later Roman Empire.Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included:The Literature and Language of Ancient BabylonComedy and Tragedy, Laughter and SorrowHellenistic Poetry: Theory and PracticeRoman Law and Latin LiteratureLove and Sex in Ancient PoetryTechnologies of Knowledge in AntiquityKnowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic PhilosophyClassical Victorians.For this course, the study of ancient languages is not required, though it is permitted as an option.For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our webpages: https://www.dur.ac.uk/classics/, https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/faculty.handbook/degrees/frameworks/q820.pdfWe review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules w

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,100per year

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A level : AAA

Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

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University information

Durham University

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    7th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

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