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Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
Q821

Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of Classics and Ancient History

Location of Study
University of Warwick


A degree in a classical subject offers a rich and versatile training which develops advanced skills in critical analysis, communication and creative thinking. Our Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe (BA) is a wide-ranging, flexible degree devoted to the study of the literature, history, philosophy, languages, art and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. You'll spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner universities.


Course overview

This wide-ranging, flexible degree is devoted to the study of the literature, history, philosophy, languages, art and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. The course allows you to choose from a wide range of topics – such as gender and sexuality in antiquity, democracy and imperialism, ancient global history, Roman laughter, or the history of medicine – and to develop skills in literary criticism and historical analysis as well as in theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to the subject. Teaching is varied, innovative and interactive, and our students benefit from many hands-on learning experiences, including recreating the experience of a Greek symposium, visiting historical sites and museums in the UK, and taking part in our annual classical play. You will take either Latin or Ancient Greek in your first year, and study four modules per year.

Our four-year Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe degree has a similar structure to our three year course, but alongside learning about the ancient world you will study Italian or German and spend your third year studying classical subjects at one of our partner universities in Europe (currently in Bologna, Padua, Rome or Venice, with recent confirmation of new placements in Berlin and Tübingen, Germany), 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 or Germany’s excellent universities and world-leading classical scholarship.

Please note, the future of the Erasmus+ programme is still under negotiation as the UK enters the Brexit transition period so placements may vary from the current arrangements detailed here. For news and information visit erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update


Course structure

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.

Important information

We are making some exciting changes to the core language modules for our Study in Europe degrees. They are currently undergoing approval through our rigorous academic processes, but as they are confirmed, we will update our core module list here. Please make sure that you check this page again for the latest information before you apply or accept your offer.

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How will I learn?

You will study Classical Civilisation in a variety of ways through lectures, seminars, and language classes. In your final year you will write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.


Contact hours

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


Class size

Your class sizes will vary from 6 to 80 students. Honours modules are capped at 60.


How will I be assessed?

You will take four modules each year. Assessment is usually divided equally between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules).

Your second and third years contribute equally to your final degree classification.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAB
  • 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 grade As/grade 7s at GCSE.
  • We would also consider a range of other qualifications as evidence of language learning. Please send us an email to ask about your circumstances at ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk.

IB:

  • 36
  • 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.

BTEC:

  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside two A levels. You will also need to meet the foreign language requirements above.

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


Part-time study

Our Centre for Lifelong Learning offers part-time options for this course.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry 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).

Find out more about contextual data offers for Economics.


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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


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.

Important information

We are making some exciting changes to the core language modules for our Study in Europe degrees. They are currently undergoing approval through our rigorous academic processes, but as they are confirmed, we will update our core module list here. Please make sure that you check this page again for the latest information before you apply or accept your offer.

Sign up to receive updates on our updated modules.

Year One

Greek Culture and Society

This module introduces students of all backgrounds to the vast panorama of Greek culture, from Homeric times to the coming of Rome. It explores some of the most distinctive features of Greek culture and its social institutions, from the polis, festivals and religion, to mythology, sport and the performance of poetry, while encouraging students to consider the degrees of continuity and difference between ancient Greek culture and their own beliefs and practices. The module is designed to provide a framework within which you can develop your own individual interests in the second and third years.

OR

Roman Culture and Society

This module explores what was distinctively ‘Roman’ about Roman culture and society, both in Rome itself and throughout its empire, from Britain to Bulgaria, and from the Nile to the Euphrates. The module introduces students of all backgrounds to topics from the late first century BC to the early third century AD, investigating the impact on Roman society of the emergence of sole rulers and dynastic powers, and the gradual opening up of society to provincials. It considers a range of evidence, from poetry to graffiti, monuments to religious artefacts, and is designed to provide a framework within which you can develop your own individual interests in the second and third years.


Latin Language

This introductory module will teach you the fundamental grammatical structures of Latin through explicit, systematic exposure and explanation, graded exercises and translation. By the end of your course, you can expect to have a good knowledge of Latin vocabulary and syntax, and the ability to read and translate from Latin, with an understanding of an inflected language. You will be encouraged to develop your appreciation of the influence of Latin on English, and to cultivate your capacity for logical analysis. Many students progress to the study of the module Latin Language and Literature, with access to unadapted versions of the works of authors such as Cicero and Virgil.

OR

Greek Language

This introductory module will teach you the fundamental elements of Ancient Greek in a logical and systematic way. It will enable you to read and translate passages of adapted Greek with accuracy and confidence. By the end of your course, you can expect to have a good knowledge of Greek vocabulary and syntax, and to be able to read and translate from Greek, with good understanding of an inflected language. You will be encouraged to develop your appreciation of the influence of Greek on English, and to cultivate your capacity for logical analysis. Many students go on to study the module Greek Language and Literature, through the work of authors such as Lysias, Euripides and Homer.


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 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.

Modern Italian Language 1 (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.

Modern Italian Language 1 (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.

Year Two

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 2

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 3

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 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 Three

Dissertation


Examples of optional modules/options for current students

  • Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity
  • Roman Laughter
  • The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian
  • Ancient Global History
  • Politics and Poetics in Greek and Roman Literature
  • The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought
  • Democracy and Imperialism
  • Rhetorics
  • The History of Medicine
  • Receptions of Antiquity, East and West
  • The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding.


Additional course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

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Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

Your career

Graduates from Classics courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Acturis
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Comic Relief
  • English Heritage
  • EY
  • John Lewis and Partners
  • KPMG
  • Teach First
  • The British Museum
  • Waitrose and Partners

They have pursued roles such as:

  • Business and related associate professionals
  • Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisors
  • Legal associate professionals
  • Management consultants and business analysts
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Teaching and other educational professionals

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant. They offer impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What can you do with a Classics and Ancient History degree?
  • Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Next steps after your classics degree ... hear from alumni
  • Networking for Classics students

Discover more about careers support at Warwick.

Jonathan, current student

"The lecturers are all very welcoming"

“I wanted to study at Warwick because the honours modules offered the option of extra original language classes which was very important to me. The classes are much smaller and give Classics students the chance to gain a more intimate understanding of the texts you have studied in lectures and seminars.

My favourite module has been Ancient Greek Theatre. Greek Theatre was great since we covered a wide range of both tragedians and comedians and I found comedy’s engagement with literary genres to be so interesting that I chose it as my topic for my dissertation.

The lecturers are all very welcoming and you don’t feel at all intimidated to talk to them about any concern you have. Their doors are always open for a chat and they are happy to go through essay questions, feedback or just to talk about how you’re getting on."

Jonathan

BA Classics

This information is applicable for 2021 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.