Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The Ancient Greek and Roman worlds offer a wealth of fascinating areas of study, including history, literature, classical archaeology and philosophy. Greek and Latin language and literature are the primary, but not exclusive, focus of this programme, though you will also study other aspects of the classical world. Classics students join the programme with knowledge of one ancient language and can also take the opportunity to develop their skills in both languages at a range of levels, from beginner to advanced. You will also study at least one module on the culture or history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the archaic period to the Roman imperial period, or on the reception of classical culture in later periods of history.

Course Modules

The BA Classics is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop understanding and critical skills, and a deep knowledge of classical language, literature and culture. It involves examining the nature of our understanding of the classical past and its literature. We encourage you to engage with textual material and to question accepted 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 Late Antiquity and the modern reception of the ancient world.

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, 5 or 6 language option modules and one Level 4 non'language option module.

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

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

Language modules are taught at a number of levels of difficulty and analysis, and students who have no prior knowledge of one of the classical languages will be able to take a beginners' class alongside their other classes. You take a minimum of four language modules, including at least one higher'level 'set book' module.

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULE:

Approaching the Past.

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULE:

Exploring the Past.

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