BA Classical Civilisation and Greek (3 year)

Course Overview

The BA Classical Civilisation and Greek degree offers the study of the Greek and Roman worlds, including Greek language, history, philosophy, archaeology and art, to shed light on the ancient civilisations that have shaped our modern world.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Students study intermediary and advanced Greek.
  • In the second year, students can take a study trip/field project module Ancient and Historic Places. 
  • Students can take a work-placement through the “Literacy through Latin” project. Have a look at our blog.
  • Students can teach beginners Greek to members of the local community during the summer in the ‘Latin in the Park’/’Talk like an Egyptian’ project.
  • Students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or the USA.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The student Society of Ancient Studies organises social and cultural events.
  • Students are actively involved in voluntary archaeological digs nationally and internationally.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Some of our modules run in alternate years. The modules listed below are taught in the current year. We also teach: Roman Love Poetry; The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex; Homer and Heroism; Roman Popular Culture; Archaic Greece; Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome; Gender in the Roman World; Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods; Alexander and the Hellenistic world.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
Optional Modules
Greek Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 modules at the appropriate level, one in each Teaching block. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Greek modules on request. You MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG101.
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG105.
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select CLG125.
AND
Optional Module choices - Classical Civilisation 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough optional module to make you total credits 120 for the whole year (after your compulsory modules). You may decide to take 20 credits of Languages for All modules (see below). To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Egyptian module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level on request. You should not take modules in more than one beginning ancient language in the year. You cannot take CLE122 and CLE112.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH145Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)
OR
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students may select two modules from languages for All, beginners or intermediate. Modules are worth 10cr each and must be taken as a pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
Optional Modules
AND
Compulsory Modules Selective -Classical Civilisation Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should select one to three of these modules. To enrol in a TB2 Latin module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin modules on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLE230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)
CLH2002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
CLH264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 2)
CLH281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH286Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 2)
CLH294Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2
CLP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient langauges
AND
Optional Module Choices - Classical Civilisation 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may choose the following module (or an elective) to make up the remainder of your 120 credits distributed evenly across the year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Classical Civilisation Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Joint Honours students should achieve a balance between their two subject areas by taking at least 100 credits in each of their subject areas at Levels 2 and 3 combined.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
AND
Greek Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 3)To select this module students must also pursue CLG325.
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 3)To select this module students must also pursue CLG328.
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLG330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 4To select this module students must also pursue CLG329.
AND
Classical Civilisation Compulsory Selective Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. choose one or two of the following. to enrol in a TB2 Latin module you must enrol in the correponding module in TB1

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classics in Popular Culture
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection Practicum
CLH3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH394Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
CLL321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I
CLL322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language IITo select this module students must also pursue CLL321.
CLL325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 3)To select this module students must also pursue CLL325.
CLL327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2 (Level 3)To select this module students must also pursue CLL327.
CLL329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 3
CLL330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 4To select this module students must also pursue CLL329.
CLP309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select this module to complete a total of 120 credits spread evenly across the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH369Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italy before the Romans

Description

The BA Classical Civilisation and Greek studies the Greek and Roman worlds. 

Have a look at our blog for news and information.

Semester abroad, second semester, second year

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,750

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

"Since studying a BA in Classical Civilisation at Swansea University I am now an Editorial and Production Assistant for a magazine company. I applied for a different role, however the company loved my CV and thought that I would be a great asset to their editorial team. The role involves a lot of reading, writing and editing. My degree helps me with this role as it gave me a good understanding of grammar and the ability to read and interpret a wide range of articles. The teaching at the Classics department in Swansea is fantastic and I still receive ongoing support from my old lecturers. The confidence I gained during my time at Swansea University has been crucial for me to travel and find a job a truly enjoy."

Isabel Crouch




Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Ancient Egyptian Culture
  • MA Ancient Narrative Literature
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Civilisation

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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