Teaching and learning
In the Department of Classics, we offer a range of teaching methods.
These are designed to help you realise your potential, acquire a rich knowledge and understanding of classical antiquity, and develop transferable skills.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars - based on discussion of prepared questions and materials - and language classes (for students studying Greek and/or Latin). Assessment is via both coursework and exams.
In addition, we have a range of special modules designed to develop your presentation skills, as well as promote independent research and interaction with primary and secondary sources:
- Extended Source Study (second year): You focus on the detailed study of a particular source from antiquity, for example a work of literature, historical text or artwork. Teaching includes lectures to introduce the module, but is dominated by intensive seminars based on analysis of the source through student presentations and guided discussion. The module is assessed by extended essay.
- Studying Classical Scholarship (second year): This module develops your understanding of scholarship about classical antiquity, helping you approach your reading in a historically informed, engaged and critical way. With initial guidance from lectures, students choose from a range of landmark works of classical scholarship on a variety of topics (literary, historical, archaeological…) and analyse it during seminars based on student presentations. The module is assessed by extended essay.
- Independent Second Year Project: One of our most innovative and exciting modules, where you select not only the aspect of antiquity to research but also the form in which you present your work. It helps you to research the ancient world and, in particular, to evaluate the many ways you can communicate with different audiences. Teaching includes lectures and special presentations on different possible project-types, as well as seminars based on discussion of individual projects. Products can be diverse, from teaching materials to exhibition plans and from creative writing to models of ancient artefacts or buildings, and are submitted with documentation showing how the product derives from research on the ancient world.
- Dissertation (final year): For many of our students, this is the culmination of their work at Nottingham. You research a topic in detail, resulting in a 10,000 word paper. Your study is supported throughout the year from planning to feedback in one-to-one supervisions.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.
Modules in a Minute
Watch some of our academics introduce their modules in a series of short videos.
Language modules, from beginners to advanced, are available in Latin and Greek for all students in all years.
The beginners stream is taught intensively, so a good standard is achieved during your time at University. Year 1 covers grammar and syntax; year 2 (intermediate) focuses on working with un-adapted texts; in year 3, the post-beginners are taught with those who have an A-level in the subject.
Advanced modules integrate continued language learning with study of the literature, history and culture of the ancient world. We aim for a balance between prose and verse and for a wide range of different genres, periods and styles of Latin and Greek.
Q-Kolleg - Methods of Studying Images in Classical Archaeology
The Q-Kolleg initiative, an exchange between the University of Nottingham and Humboldt-Universität Berlin, is focussed on research-driven learning.
Q-Kolleg addresses the study of ancient images, specifically comparing how they have been approached in German and British scholarship.
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