CLAN2201 Greek 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit is an introduction to Ancient Greek for students who have never before studied this language or who have had minimal instruction in it. It introduces students primarily to the changing forms of Greek words (their 'inflected morphology') and in so doing provides a grounding in basic grammar which is of fundamental benefit to English expression (as well as being of great utility for the acquisition of other modern languages). The unit focuses on the form of Greek in ordinary use (hence known as 'Koine', the Greek for 'common') in the first century AD and which was used to write the New Testament. As a simplified form of the Attic Greek written in Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries BC, this is an ideal introduction to the ancient language. It is taught through formal grammar exercises and through the translation of simple extracts from ancient texts.
Students are able to (1) recognise and describe the forms and functions of a basic variety of Greek nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs; (2) demonstrate understanding of elementary Greek sentence structure (syntax); (3) translate from Greek, without the aid of dictionaries, simple passages composed of a set vocabulary; (4) compose simple Greek sentences from a set vocabulary; and (5) use correct grammatical terminology in the analysis of Greek words and sentences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class tests, and (2) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Neil O'Sullivan
Unit rules
any Level 1 CLAN unit
any Level 1 CLAH unit
GREE1151 Beginners' Greek I
Contact hours
3 hours per week (over 12 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.