Basic Latin For Postgraduates 2 LATIN5004

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course develops skills in the reading of Latin texts, both prescribed and non-prescribed, and familiarises students with complex concepts of Latin grammar and syntax.


Four one-hour sessions per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus + one x1hr supervision session

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who have satisfactorily completed either Basic Latin for Postgraduates 1, or Basic Latin for Honours 1, or Latin 1A.

Excluded Courses

Latin 1B (LATIN1002); Basic Latin for Honours 2 (LATIN4004);




Project including translation and reflection (50 minutes) - 25%

Exam (2-hour duration) - 75%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Expand knowledge of Latin vocabulary and morphology and introduce the syntax of complex Latin sentences.

■ Begin to develop reading skills through acquaintance with adapted passages of continuous Latin prose and verse.

■ Enable the translation from English into correct Latin single words and brief phrases

■ provide an opportunity for students to apply knowledge of Latin to passages of Latin relevant to their own research interests

■ Encourage reflection upon how a reading knowledge of Latin may be used within a specific field of study.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply their knowledge of Latin grammar, morphology and syntax, and specified Latin vocabulary, in order to translate simple and complex sentences from Latin into idiomatic English.

■ Translate a simple unseen passage of continuous Latin prose into idiomatic English.

■ Explain the linguistic features met in reading both seen and unseen Latin passages and sentences.

■ Supply the correct forms of individual Latin words and simple phrases 

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.