Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Core Travel for Classics (Senior Honours) CLASSIC4055

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is compulsory for Single Honours students in Classics, Greek and Latin, and for those doing Joint Honours Greek with Latin. It provides students with an opportunity to develop a study tour and to reflect upon the evolution of the discipline of Classics and its methods.


10 x 1hr seminars as scheduled on MyCampus.

(In Classic4068 students will have attended 5x90 min preparation sessions and undertaken 3 weeks of travel between Junior-Senior Honours)

Excluded Courses





Travel plan (2,000 words) Completed in CLASSIC4068 - 20%
Travel diary and report (3,000 words) - 30%

Seminar presentation of 20 minutes + 10 minute discussion - 40%

Seminar participation - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Acquire first-hand experience of the landscape, cities, and material remains of Classical Antiquity

■ Discuss the historical, archaeological and literary purposes of visiting the remains of Classical Antiquity

■ Plan a project and manage it from idea through execution to debriefing and reporting

■ Practice oral presentation of a personal project in front of an audience

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate the relationship between classical scholarship and the landscape, sites and collections of the classical world

■ Write a realistic, costed travel plan and research with clearly defined academic objectives

■ Implement the travel plan, ensuring sure the planned academic objectives are met and accurate records are kept

■ Devise a follow-up research project on an individually chosen topic inspired and informed by the travel experience

■ Deliver an oral presentation on the chosen topic in front of the rest of the class

■ Identify how the research project and the travel experience have contributed to a better understanding of the discipline and to professional development

■ Engage critically with other students¹ presentations and participate in resultant discussions.

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.