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.

Cicero's De Officiis LATIN5009

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

Short Description

This course offers the opportunity for detailed study of Cicero's de officiis in Latin


This is a PG (T) course, taught over one semester. Teaching will be by weekly seminar if enrolment is five or more, or by weekly supervision and guided reading if enrolment is less than five

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who have Latin to Honours level or equivalent, or at the discretion of the MLitt (T) convener

Excluded Courses

Cicero's De Officiis KPES


One 3000 word coursework essay (50%) and one ninety-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

To investigate at an advanced level one of Cicero's philosophical works; to explore its relation to its social, political, and historical context; and to locate it in the context of its author's life and work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:
* discuss in class the philosophical, cultural, and historical significance of selected passages from Cicero's De Officiis
* write well-researched, well-argued, and relevant critical essays on specific aspects of Cicero's De Officiis
* demonstrate an informed understanding of the philosophical, cultural, and historical issues raised by the study of Cicero's De Officiis
* demonstrate a detailed understanding of the most significant contemporary interpretation
s of Cicero's De Officiis
comment in an informed and detailed manner on passages from Cicero's De Officiis in terms of their cultural or philosophical significance
* translate passages from the prescribed text into English that is accurate, idiomatic, and clear

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits