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CL7004 Classics Research & Methods (20) (All Staff) All year

Module Organiser: Dr Shane Wallace
Teaching Staff: Members of Staff in the Department of Classics
Duration: All year
Contact Hours: one 2-hour seminar per week
Weighting: 20 ECTS
Assessment: Continuous assessment. Students are required to produce a portfolio consisting of written elements as detailed in the Handbook

Overview and Aims

An introduction to the main strands of research in the Classical field (e.g. literary theory, historiography, manuscripts and textual methodology, archaeological and anthropological theories and method, epigraphy and papyrology). The aims are:

  • To ensure an understanding of what is involved in the totality of Classical scholarship, rather than just in students’ own particular fields.
  • To familiarise students with the most important Classical IT resources
  • To enhance organisational and cooperative skills.
  • To give students an opportunity to engage in intellectual discourse with their peers and practice basic skills of oral presentation and discussion in an unpressured context.
  • To expose students to senior research seminars and teach them to assess the method, content and quality of the presentations they attend.

Recommended Reading List

  • Schaps, D.M., Handbook for Classical Research (London: Routledge, 2011)

Learning Outcomes

On successful conclusion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the methodologies and approaches that have been applied to the study of the ancient world.
  • Extract information from ancient texts, materials and sites.
  • Access and utilise the most important IT resources in Classics.
  • Identify and use the most important bibliography of the main strands of Classical scholarship.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral presentation and discussion.
  • Analyse and assess the arguments of research papers, articles or books.

Last updated 3 October 2016 ryanw1@tcd.ie.