This MA is designed to help you acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study culminating in a dissertation. It investigates Classical Studies as a multidisciplinary field and brings you into direct contact with texts, artefacts and other surviving evidence from classical antiquity.
This fragmentary evidence is examined from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives including options in classical archaeology, language and reception, and a subject module based around the body in classical antiquity.
This taught postgraduate programme in classical studies will:
The learning outcomes of the programme are described in four areas.
Knowledge and understanding
When you have completed this degree you will have knowledge and understanding of:
When you have completed this degree you will be able to:
Practical and/or professional skills
When you have completed this degree you will be able to:
When you have completed this degree you will be able to demonstrate the following skills:
You will be able to:
Improving your own learning experience
You will be able to:
You will have the opportunity to acquire all of the above skills which will be taught, learned and assessed concurrently in the course of studying the degree. You will be expected to show an increasingly independent and sophisticated approach as the skills and techniques of advanced study become more familiar, culminating in your dissertation, which will be a substantial and largely independent piece of work.
Teaching will be coordinated by your tutor, who will advise you, comment on and mark your assignments, generally provide feedback and help you to acquire the skills of advanced independent study. Communication will be via face-to-face sessions and (more frequently) written, telephone and, if appropriate, IT contact.
Learning will be via teaching blocks, which will concentrate on providing the tools for independent study, suggesting lines of investigation, methods of analysis and providing bibiographical assistance. Your acquisition of the appropriate skills, knowledge, etc. will regularly be tested in the assessments.
Assessment: you will regularly be required to submit work (tutor-marked assignments) in the form of essays and shorter analyses; for the foundation module you will write five assignments and in addition be required to take a three-hour exam at the end of the module; the subject module consists of four assignments and an examinable component (a 3000-word mini-dissertation which will count for 50% of the final mark for that module). The final module will comprise your dissertation (16,00018,000 words) which will be the culmination of the degree.
The assessment exercises are carefully designed to reflect the learning curve of the degree, taken as a whole.Career impact
Studying an MA in Classical Studies at the OU is challenging but fun. You will learn about the many different aspects of Greek and Roman worlds - their literature, history, philosophy and material cultures - and the various ways one can approach them through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. As well as giving you the opportunity to explore an area of that world which particularly interests you, by means of developing your critical ability and independent thinking the MA in Classical Studies can help benefit your career and even be the first step towards a PhD. Above all, it will lead to a better understanding of where we come from and who we are today.
Our fascination with ancient Greece and Rome continues to this day. The postgraduate foundation module in classical studies provides some answers to the question, How do we know what we know about these two ancient civilizations. It meets this challenge by investigating classical studies as a multidisciplinary field. The fragmentary nature of the evidence requires approaching this question with reference to a variety of sources and using multiple perspectives. The module introduces you to classical studies at postgraduate level, offering a choice of pathways through the material. The module is designed to help you acquire and hone research skills in preparation for further study.
In the Introductory block you will revise and update your research skills and enhance your knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome by focusing on a series of case studies that explore the question of How do we know what we know about classical antiquity. We will investigate ancient and modern technologies of knowledge, discuss the role of the investigator, how to find a personal voice when writing, investigate ancient historians view of history, examine the Arch of Constantine and finally the impact that discovering new material from classical antiquity has on our understanding of the classical world. In this block you will focus on themes that will be explored in more detail throughout the module such as classical archaeology, language and concepts, and the reception of classical antiquity in the modern world.
Greek and Latin Languages and Concepts explores ancient Greek language and concepts by exploring adultery in ancient Greek law and Catullus love poetry. This Block does not require you to have any knowledge of the ancient languages, but for those that do, there will be optional exercises that allow you to utilise and hone your language skills. The set texts for this block are M. J. Edwards, and S. Usher, Greek Orators 1: Antiphon and Lysias (1985) and Catullus poems.
Classical Archeology investigates the archaeology of the Colosseum valley in Rome focusing on what we know about this key location, in particular about the Flavian amphitheatre popularly known as the Colosseum. You will also investigate the valleys role within the larger framework of the Roman Empire.
The Concluding block explores three case studies that will enable you to consolidate and revise what you have learned throughout the module by focusing on the Library of Alexandria, ancient inscriptions and graffiti, and the poetry of Sappho. This block prepares you for your end-of-module assessment, and will help you to look ahead to MA Classical Studies part 2.
This module will be of interest to those who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the classical world and of the research methods and perspectives of those working in this field of study.
The postgraduate module in classical studies will build on the foundational skills that you have acquired in undergraduate modules, while challenging you to develop them further at the postgraduate level. Throughout the module, you will be expected to engage with both ancient and modern material. You will be asked to evaluate ancient texts within their specific contexts as well as engaging with modern scholarly debates on these issues and accessing their relevance and contribution.
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