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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * gain expertise equivalent to an honours degree in a particular specialist area of study. * develop an understanding of methodological and theoretical approaches at an advanced level in the discipline. * acquire knowledge of the background necessary to proceed to research work in ancient and medieval studies * develop an ability to proceed to original work in the subject; * acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to Masters level work.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
        * 1 core subject (12.5 points)
        * 4 elective subjects (50 points)
          
    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-503  Research Methods and Design     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-401  Research Principles and Practices
    This subject is designed to equip students with the comprehensive skills necessary for the successful construction and completion of intellectually sophisticated and commercially competitive research projects. This subject constitutes a detailed but ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    131-434  Reading Course
    This subject involves a study of theoretical, empirical or historiographical issues broadly related to the thesis topic and conducted through extensive reading, decided by the student in conjunction with the supervisor. The subject should enhance the...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-405  Anthologies of Anglo-Saxon Poetry     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-414  Medieval Representations     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-467  Latin Paleography and Codicology
    Students taking this subject will study textual criticism; the elements of codicology and paleography; and examples of the major European bookhands in the Middle Ages. They will complete exercises in transcription and learn to implement their new edi...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-155  Roman Elegy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-156  Roman Biography     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-159  Roman Historiography     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-160  Intermediate Latin: Oratory
    This subject examines Roman rhetorical practice through the study of an oratorical text, such as a speech of Cicero. Both highly structured and strongly emotive, oratory was a field in which Roman aristocrats fought their political battles and assert...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-161  Roman Epic     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-164  Intermediate Latin: Satire
    This subject examines key Latin satiric works by Juvenal and/or Horace. It introduces students to the genre of satire-writing, and positions it in relation to its historical context and to other Roman genres such as comedy and epigram. Students will ...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-404  Euripides, Seneca, and Mythmaking
    Students will read, in English translation, selected plays by Euripides (the 5th century BCE Athenian playwright) and Seneca (the 1st century CE Roman writer and tutor of the Emperor Nero). The subject introduces students to methods of interpreting t...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-410  Roman Religion: Current Issues
    The study of Roman religion raises many issues which are vital to the understanding of Roman culture and ancient ritual practice generally. Significant ideological questions remain open, such as the extent to which Romans of different social levels b...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-412  Myth and Reality in Barbarian Europe
    This seminar looks at the diverse array of ancient human communities and their experiences that form the backdrop to modern Europe. Concentrating on the 1st millennium BC, it will explore the multi-ethnic societies of ancient Europe, their villages a...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-415  Cities of Greece and Rome
    A number of cities in the Graeco-Roman world are selected for study. The Italian cities to be studied are Pompeii and Ostia, which together offer insight into civic development from the early Republic to the end of the Empire. The North African citie...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-419  Olympic Games to Alexander the Great     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-435  The Epic Cycle and Homeric Hymns     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-441  Ethnic Identity in the Greco-Roman World     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-456  Roman Didactic Poetry     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-457  Roman Novel     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-482  Advanced Ancient Greek C     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-483  Advanced Ancient Greek D     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    116-418  To Hell with Dante     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    116-419  Italian Language in Focus Advanced     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-423  Medieval Manuscripts & Early Print
    This interdisciplinary advanced seminar will explore some of the key features and themes of manuscript and print cultures in Central and Western Europe from the 13th to 17th centuries, a time of radical change in communication technology and of major...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-434  Reading Course
    This subject involves a study of theoretical, empirical or historiographical issues broadly related to the thesis topic and conducted through extensive reading, decided by the student in conjunction with the supervisor. The subject should enhance the...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    131-411  Major Issues in Roman History
    This research seminar involves collective discussions of selected source material on major issues in Roman social, cultural, political and religious history, with subjects ranging from the social stratification of Roman society to the daily life of t...     Semester 1     12.50

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