Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Classical studies allows you to explore and critically analyse aspects of classical culture, history, philosophy and literature. You may study the culture and history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the archaic period to the Roman imperial period, and the reception of classical culture in later periods of history. You will also be encouraged to engage in wider debate on how we interpret the classical world and why this matters ' debate that is at the forefront of current research in all disciplines of classical antiquity. At Birkbeck we are firm believers that the study of the classical world should be accessible to all, which is why for the classical studies programme we require no prior knowledge of either Greek or Latin. If you are a beginner, you will take at least one module in either Greek or Latin at beginner level, and will have the opportunity to develop your language skills over the duration of your degree.

Course Modules

The BA Classical Studies is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop understanding and critical skills, and a deep knowledge of classical language and culture. It involves examining the nature of our knowledge about the past and the way in which histories and texts are written. We encourage you to assess ancient source material (textual and archaeological) and to question accepted histories and traditions about the past, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument. The course includes a wide variety of options across a large historical span, from the Ancient Greek world to the history of Late Antiquity.

The programme consists of 11 modules, making a total of 360 credits. We offer language and non'language courses.

In Year 1, you take one compulsory module, two Level 4 non'language option modules and one Level 4, 5 or 6 language option module.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules and two Level 5 non'language option modules, OR one compulsory module, two Level 5 non'language option modules and one Level 6 non'language option module.

In Year 3, you take one compulsory module and one Level 6 non'language option module OR two Level 6 non'language option modules, and you write a dissertation.

Language modules are taught at a number of levels of difficulty and analysis, and students who have no prior knowledge of classical languages will be able to take a beginners' class.

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULE:

Approaching the Past.

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Exploring the Past;

Journeys to the Underworld in Classical Literature and Culture.

YEAR 3 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Journeys to the Underworld in Classical Literature and Culture;

Writing the Past: Dissertation.

INDICATIVE GREEK AND LATIN MODULES:

Advanced Greek Language;

Advanced Latin Language;

Greek set book (A);

Intermediate Greek;

Intermediate Latin;

Introduction to Ancient Greek;

Introduction to Latin;

Latin set book (A).

INDICATIVE LEVEL 4 OPTION MODULES:

Discovering Archaeology: From Field to Finds Room;

The Ancient World;

The Archaeology of Greece and Rome.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 5 OPTION MODULES:

Beginnings: The Archaeology of Prehistory;

Between God and Rome: the Byzantine Empire 307'1453;

Cultural Interaction in the Archaic Greek World;

From Ancient to Medieval Societies, Third to Eleventh Centuries;

Under the Volcano ' the First and Last Days of Pompeii.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 6 OPTION MODULES:

The Athenian Empire;

The Empire of Letters: Correspondence in the Roman World.

Start Date:

10/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,350 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £10,025 Overseas Fees