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Public Engagement in Classics


Ancient Drama Festival School performance

This module is for anyone with an interest in what good Public Engagement in Classics looks like and wants to develop these skills themselves. Picturing Public Engagement as a kind of storytelling, this module will focus on the practical application of Engagement, looking at what good engagement is, how engagement can be assessed, different methods of engagement for different audiences, and why engagement is a crucial skill for any Classicist. As the central core to this module, students will undertake their own engagement project and have the opportunity to work with institutions outside the University in developing their project.

Roman Cookery workshop

Group Projects in 2021/2022 included:

  • Creation of a Roman Cookery Workshop for schools and events (left)
  • Taking Classics to Schools in the North of England
  • Uncovering hidden histories in the ancient world and creating school resources on under-represented groups
  • Creating an online Classics Review Site
  • Following the taking of The Bacchae to Fringe
  • Ancient professions - creation of school resources

You can access a fully populated version of the Moodle page here. You can view the work created during the 2022 module here: Public Engagement in Classics Module (

This module is available in 2022/23.

Module tutors: Paul Grigsby and Michael Scott

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will develop an understanding of the importance of Public Engagement in Classics and what good PE is
  • Students will develop an understanding and experience of the different types of engagement used for engaging different audiences
  • Students will develop a range of practical engagement skills
  • Students will develop experience of working within a team on an engagement project
  • Students will develop practical knowledge of assessment methods in engagement
  • Students will gain experience of developing and carrying out an engagement project
  • Students will develop skills in undertaking research and presenting this to a non-academic audience
  • Students will be able to better articulate the relevance of their own subject area to society, and identify to which parts of society their subject area has most relevance
  • Students will develop transferable skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, information literacy, professionalism, teamwork, and time management