Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Classic Travel for Postgraduates CLASSIC5085

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course centres on the role that travel to Italy and Greece has played in the development of Classics as discipline. It gives students an opportunity to explore the wider impact of ideas about the Classical past outside academic study.


2x1 hour seminars per week on separate days over 10 weeks of one semester

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

Classic Travel (Honours)




Essay (3500 words) - 65%

Oral Presentation (15-20 Minutes) with PowerPoint - 35%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide a programme of topic-based research, centred on texts and artefacts from the 18th-21st centuries.

■ Illustrate the evolving nature of the academic disciplines of Classics, Archaeology, and Ancient History, and the role that travel to the Mediterranean has played in that evolution.

■ Encourages reading and analysis beyond academic writing, in fiction and film, to explore the impact of Classical travel on middle-brow and popular culture, and the reception of ideas about the Classical past outside the academy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Evaluate the impact of the Grand Tour and its legacy

■ Interpret the place of antiquities in major museum collections, and explain their relationship to other types of collection

■ Analyse the relationship between these collections and the disciplines and discourses that underpin them.

■ Analyse the resonances created by evocation of travel to the Mediterranean in a selection of non-academic texts or films

■ Design and implement a presentation of their research focussed on teaching.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.