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Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

ANCIENT HISTORY AND CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY WITH STUDY IN EUROPE (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34

Pursue your interest in the history, archaeology and art of the ancient world and spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities.


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This course will enable you to pursue your interest in the history, archaeology and art of the ancient world. You’ll benefit from many hands-on learning experiences, including handling authentic ancient coins, recreating the experience of a Greek symposium using replica vases, and visiting historical sites and museums in the UK. You can also join the Classics Society and take part in our annual classical play, which is staged at a professional theatre and played to public audiences of over a thousand people.

You will have the opportunity to study topics such as Greek democracy, the Roman cultural revolution under Augustus, the Roman Near East, or ancient global history, in modules specifically focused on Greco-Roman history, art, archaeology and architecture. You will take either Latin or Ancient Greek and Italian in your first year, and study four modules per year.

You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities (currently in Venice, Rome, Bologna or Padua), before returning for your final year at Warwick. During the year abroad, you will benefit not only from full immersion in another language and culture, but from Italy’s excellent universities and world-leading classical scholarship.

All our degrees involve core modules in your first year. In subsequent years, you build on what you have learnt through a choice of modules, which allow you to engage in your own way with the civilisation of the Ancient Mediterranean. You are required to complete one module in an ancient language in your first year.

Second and final year students may take one 30-CAT module or two 15-CAT modules from outside the department (e.g. from the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning or another academic dept) in place of an optional module.

You will study Ancient History and Classical Archaeology in a variety of ways – through lectures, seminars, and language classes, and, in your final year, through a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.

Contact hours

You'll take four modules, each with 2-3 contact hours per week (more for your language module/s).

Class size

Class sizes vary from 6 to 80. Honours modules are capped at 60.

You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is generally equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and final year contribute equally to your final degree classification.

You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities (currently in Venice, Rome, Bologna or Padua) and then return for your final year at Warwick.

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A level ABB to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). You will also need a foreign language (modern or ancient) at A Level grade B or two grades As/grade 7s at GCSE, we would also consider a range of other qualifications as evidence of language learning - please enquire to ugadmissions@warwick.ac.uk.

IB 34 to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). You will also need a foreign language (modern or ancient) at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 6, or evidence of ability to learn Italian.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Introduction to Greek and Roman History

You will be introduced to the central themes of Greek and Roman history; from the Greek Archaic Period to the beginning of the Roman Empire. You will gain a broad chronological understanding of the ancient world, and knowledge of the main types of evidence and methodologies used to analyse its historical events and cultural practices. You will simultaneously gain study skills in analysing evidence, crafting an argument and presenting your ideas coherently and fluently.


Roman Culture and Society

This module allows you to explore how the Romans shaped the modern world through their literary and material cultures. Analysing how different civilisations contributed to the concept of ‘Roman’, using an eclectic range of evidence, from high literature and ancient graffiti, to the monuments and religious artefacts of Ancient Rome. This strong foundation in how evidence from the ancient world is evaluated will contribute to your understanding of the development of culture in ancient and modern contexts.


OR

Greek Culture and Society

You will receive a grounding in the rich panorama of Ancient Greek culture, during which your appreciation of art, literature and thought will be complemented by an understanding of the cultural contexts in which they flourished. From this foundation, you will pursue a specialism, choosing from subjects as varied as myths and religion, performing arts, and political and societal structures. Using primary sources, you will hone your research and analytical skills to consider the differences and continuities between Ancient Greek culture and your own.


Modern Italian Language for Beginners

Would you like the challenge of learning a new language at university? This foundation module for absolute beginners combines the acquisition of core language skills with knowledge of broader aspects of Italian culture, equipping you with the tools to engage with a wide range of relevant, contemporary topics in Italian. Opportunities to practise your Italian vary from role play to quizzes, working both individually with a native speaker and in your group. Successful completion will mean you are able to hold a conversation in Italian, read newspapers and get the gist of TV and radio programmes in Italian.


OR

Modern Italian Language I (Intermediate)

Do you need to consolidate and expand your competence in Italian while enjoying talking about culture and society? If so, this is the module for you. You’ll be given opportunities to revise fundamental grammar and vocabulary before acquiring more complex grammatical constructions, including through translation. We will integrate cultural topics with your linguistic studies, so you have the chance to explore areas such as tourism, the arts, the environment and Italian traditions. You will have opportunities for individual and group presentations and to engage in activities that integrate the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. By the end of your course, you’ll be expected to be able to write competently in several registers, using appropriate styles and terminology, and to converse in Italian to a good standard.


OR

Modern Italian Language I (Advanced)

Would you like to use your Italian A-level (or equivalent) language skills creatively? This module will develop your linguistic and intercultural competence in Italian by means of advanced activities, including creative writing, translation, debates, presentations and drama. You will explore linguistic structures using resources in a variety of media and engage with authentic and sophisticated texts to compare cultural systems and express your opinion critically and creatively. In translation, you will experiment with different genres, registers and styles to enhance your cultural appreciation of Italian. Finally, you will have opportunities to explore cultural subjects and lead group discussions.


Year 2
Hellenistic World

The campaigns of Alexander the Great transformed the Greek world, creating an empire that stretched from the Adriatic to the Himalayas. Through this module, you will explore the political histories, power structures, cultural developments and ideologies of the period, and gain critical insight into the evidence from which our understanding of Hellenistic culture and history is constructed. This will lead to an increased appreciation of how the Hellenistic world helped shape the Roman world and beyond.


Modern Italian Language II

This module will extend and refine your competence in Italian. With an emphasis on the key skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing, you will consolidate your proficiency in both new and familiar grammatical and linguistic structures, and expand the range and sophistication of your vocabulary and use of register in spoken and written discourse. In addition to classroom exercises, advanced discursive written work and oral projects, you will also be directed to appropriate activities for self-study.


OR

Modern Italian Language III

On this module, you will develop your translation, writing and oral communication skills to advanced level. You will engage in translation as a practical skill, working with native speakers to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts with a focus on conveying nuances of meaning and culturally specific terms. You will develop greater fluency in different writing styles and genres. Oral sessions will increase your familiarity with more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian and raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society so that you can discuss aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experiences.


Year 4
    Dissertation
    Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

    From Confucius to Constantine: Ancient Global History; The Roman Near East; Democracy and Imperialism; Domestic Space in the Roman World; Food and Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean; Art and Architecture; The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian; Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity.

    Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: EY (formerly Ernst and Young), Amnesty International USA, Museum of London, Ofcom, Civil Service, Marks & Spencer, GlaxoSmithKline, Oxford University Press, Cancer Research UK.

    Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Events Co-ordinator, Public Relations Consultant, Tax Advisor, Digital Editorial Assistant, Trainee Police Officer, Data Analyst. Others have chosen to pursue postgraduate study.

    A level ABB to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). You will also need a foreign language (modern or ancient) at A Level grade B or two grades As/grade 7s at GCSE, we would also consider a range of other qualifications as evidence of language learning - please enquire to ugadmissions@warwick.ac.uk.

    IB 34 to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). You will also need a foreign language (modern or ancient) at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 6, or evidence of ability to learn Italian.

    UCAS Code
    VV18

    Award
    Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Duration
    4 years full time

    4-10 years part time - find out more about the part time course

    Start Date
    24 September 2019

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad in Italy (current partners are Universities of Rome, Padua, Venice and Bologna)

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding

    Additional costs
    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Possible costs are estimated as follows:

    Year One: £50 textbooks + £15 trip

    Year Two: £120 textbooks, £20 trip

    Year Four: £25 printing/binding of dissertation, £120 textbooks, £20 trip

    This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

    Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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