Latin: One Language, Many Cultures
Why should I take this Trinity Elective?
What will I learn?
- You will learn the foundations of the Latin language in its original cultural context, acquiring a critical appreciation of the values and thought of ancient Rome.
- Your will discover how knowledge of Latin enhances your understanding of English and of modern European languages and cultures.
- You will gain a deeper understanding of the terminology and concepts specific to your discipline (Arts and Humanities, Law, STEM Sciences, Health Sciences).
- You will learn to engage critically with questions of linguistic imperialism, ideological hegemony and resistance, regional and social diversification of Latin and how languages are used in context.
What will I do?
- You will attend a series of lectures that will guide you through the structures and thought of the Latin language through direct approach to original texts.
- You will have opportunities to practice individually and in small groups in a series of practical sessions.
- Bespoke multimedia online resources will assist you in your independent study of the language in context.
- You will develop a fully researched case study (team project) relevant to your disciplinary interests in dialogue with other disciplines.
How will this be delivered?
- Face to face lectures and practical sessions – 22 contact hours.
- Direct engagement on primary material including online lessons @ www.tabella.ie (Trinity Latin project platform) – approx. 40 hours.
- Reflective dialogue and contribution to Trinity Latin blog – approx 10 hours.
- Team project work (Latin word poster) – approx 25 hours.
How will this be assessed?
- Participation and online discussion during term (10%).
- Individual in-class and online language tests during term (20+30%).
- Interdisciplinary team project on a key Latin word, concept or line, which will critically and creatively examine its continuing and changing relevance across space and time (end of term 40%, 15% on the process of individual reflection, 25% on the collective output).
Who can take this Trinity Elective?
The module is intended for complete beginners and is available to students in all subjects with the following exceptions:
Students enrolled in a Classics programme who take Latin as part of their degree
Students enrolled in any subject who have obtained previous qualification in Latin such as Junior/Leaving Certificate or equivalent, or diploma from an intensive Summer School