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BA Greek (3 Years)

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  • Objectives
    -develop and encourage students' interest in the languages, literature and culture of the classical world, by providing a broadly based and challenging curriculum including course-units that are innovative and stimulating, informed by the research expertise of the teaching staff, and examined by a range of methods of assessment; -to enable students to read an ever-growing range of ancient authors in the original, with accuracy, fluency and enjoyment; -provide students with progressive language courses in Greek, starting from elementary, intermediate or advanced level, consolidating any existing knowledge of the language(s) and developing particularly reading knowledge but also some active competence and other language-based and language-related skills; -train students in the methods, techniques and approaches necessary for the critical study of Greek literature, based on extensive reading of classical texts, studied both in the original language(s) and in translation; help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study; -produce graduates with the transferable cognitive skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent; eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79 TOEFL: PBT score of 600; CBT score of 250; TWE score of 5.5; IBT score of 100. A level: Grades ABB-BBB. Two AS-levels accepted in place of one A-level. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer. If you offer Greek as one of your subjects you will continue your study of this language on programme 1, on the contrary you will begin your study of this language on programme 2. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: English Language at minimum of grade C. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 33-32 points overall to include 5 or 6 at Higher level in three subjects. See A-levels for subject requirements. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BA Greek
  • Course description
    Course description
    The Greek programme is based on the study of Greek language and literature in each of the three years of study. It is taken by students who begin the language at University (programme 2) as well as those who already have it at A-level (programme 1). Where appropriate, the texts for literary and historical course units are studied in the original language. There is a wide range of styles of teaching, including lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials and virtual seminars via the web. In particular, we encourage students to involve themselves under guidance in independent study and original research.

    Course content for year 1
    Please note that reference to modules is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    In your first year you will study three core units covering Greek language, Greek literature and Greek history. In addition you will study two further course units from Classics & Ancient History - first year topics available include Greek Drama; Greek Language; Latin, Greek & Indo-European - an introduction to Philology; Youth, Love & Rome and Studies in Latin Literature. Finally, you will study one subject from the list of Classics-approved courses, such as:  

    Archaeology, eg. Roman Britain, Aspects of Neolithic & Bronze Age in Atlantic Europe;

    History of Art, eg. The Human Figure & Western Art, Greek/Roman Art & Architecture;

    Middle Eastern Studies, eg. Aramaic/Syriac Language, The Middle East before Islam);

    Philosophy, eg. Ancient Philosophy, Plato;

    Religions & Theology, eg. The Rise of Christianity, The World of the Ancient Israelites

    Course content for year 2
    In the second year you will study two courses in Greek language and literature. You will also choose four additional course units - either from available Classics courses or from the list of Classics- approved courses. You can also opt to study a free-choice course unit which can be chosen from a wide range of courses within the University. 

    Course content for year 3
    Please note that reference to modules is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.  

    In your final year you complete your study of Greek language with a final course unit. In addition, you will study four course units either from within Classics & Ancient History (topics in the final year may include courses such as Gods, Kings and Heroes: The Poetry of Ancient Greece; Greek Tragedy; courses on Latin literature and courses on Greek democracy, slavery and diplomacy) or from the list of Classics-approved courses. Finally, you will write a thesis on a subject of your choice - the thesis is your chance to carry out your own independent study of the classical past. 

    Career opportunities
    A classical degree (especially one including a language element) opens many doors and is highly prized by employers. We see our graduates take up jobs in museum or gallery management, publishing, the media, the Civil Service, industry, banking, accountancy, retail management and law, as well as teaching.

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