DISCOVERING ANCIENT LANGUAGES

MDS1DAL

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an informative and fun introduction to two of the major languages of the Ancient Mediterranean world: Latin and Ancient Greek. We explore the fascinating worlds of these languages, both their cultural contexts and their specific vocabularies and grammatical structures. Students discover the originsof words associated with political structures ('democracy', 'senate', 'fascism'),sport (the Olympics), the law ('alibi'), science, medicine and mythology. We trace the historical development of English to discover why this should be. The'children' of both languages (Romance languages and Modern Greek) are alsoinvestigated, as well as their 'parent' language, Indo-European.

The subject also introduces students to the technical vocabulary of grammar so that they are well prepared to begin learning either of the ancient languages. It will lead to improved written and oral skills, through raised awareness of the components of a sentence and a deeper command of vocabulary.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students acquire introductory information on two ancient languages and knowledge of their cultural context

Activities:
Lecture, prescribed readings for tutorial
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Students are able to relate other languages to their own

Activities:
Lecture, readings, tutorial and workshop
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Students gain an increased capacity to understand the workings of language

Activities:
Lecture, readings, tutorial and workshop
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Students improve their written skills and extend their English vocabulary

Activities:
Readings, tutorial and workshop
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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