UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Classics and Ancient History

Honours in Classics and Ancient History is a combination of coursework and your own extended research essay, or dissertation. The assessment is equally divided between these two components. The coursework consists of four seminars in each of which you study a particular text, period of history, or methodology. You work in small groups with an expert in the field—the experience is challenging but the best possible transition between undergraduate learning and independent research. The dissertation component is your chance to try out extended research for yourself. You work closely with your supervisor who helps you select an appropriate and engaging topic and meets regularly with you to check your progress and to offer assistance and ideas. Many find the experience draws them on to a higher degree in the discipline, while others go on to make successful careers in such areas as teaching, commerce, the public service, and the arts and culture sectors.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) produce advanced-level research that is methodologically informed; (2) articulate an independent critical position in scholarly debate in written and oral forms; (3) display a sophisticated use of a range of ancient material, including literature in the original classical languages as appropriate; (4) demonstrate familiarity with, and understanding of, current scholarship, scholarly resources and scholarly methodologies; and (5) demonstrate awareness of the multi-disciplinary nature of research in the Classical World.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Classics and Ancient History major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2CLAN4101Researching the Classical World 1—Problems and ResourcesPrerequisites: enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History
S1, S2CLAN4102Researching the Classical World 2—the Research Seminar in PracticePrerequisites: enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History
S1, S2CLAN4140Dissertation (Classics and Ancient History) 1Prerequisites: enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History
S1, S2CLAN4141Dissertation (Classics and Ancient History) 2Prerequisites: CLAN4140 Dissertation (Classics and Ancient History) 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2CLAN4103Ancient Greek Language and LiteraturePrerequisites: enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History and CLAN3204 Greek 4
Incompatibility: GREE7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Greek), GREE7482 Honours Seminar 2 (Greek), GREE7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Greek), GREE7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Greek)
S1, S2CLAN4104Latin Language and LiteraturePrerequisites: enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History and CLAN3104 Latin 4
S1, S2CLAN4105Literature, Narrative, HistoryPrerequisites: enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History
S1, S2CLAN4106Material CultureNone