The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Classical and Archaeological Studies BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time single honours programme within the Classical and Archaeological Studies subject area.
- Subject area: Classical and Archaeological Studies
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: QV84
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
The great strength of Classical and Archaeological Studies is the hugely interesting and varied range of subjects it includes – literature, mythology, drama, archaeology, art and architecture, history, languages and philosophy – and the way they all connect in the study of ancient civilisations, including those of Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire.
At Kent, you can do elements from all these areas inside one programme if you want to, or you can follow a more specialised pathway, in literature, history or archaeology. You also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at beginners, intermediate and advanced level. Much of European civilisation grew out of the classical world so it is not surprising that it is still highly relevant today. Canterbury, as a late Iron Age settlement, a Romano-British city, an Anglo-Saxon town, and a centre of early Christianity, is a good base for studying different cultures, with visits to local sites and museums as well as London museums and opportunities for archaeological fieldwork both locally and further afield.
Stage 1Core modules
- Academic Practice
- The Civilisations of Greece and Rome
- Introduction to Archaeology
- Beginners' Greek
- Beginners' Latin
- Classical Mythology: Themes and Approaches
- Introduction to Aegean Archaeology
- Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
- Roman Emperors and Biography: From Caligula to Domitian
Plus some modules drawn from a wide range across the University.
You must take 180 credits within the subject. The modules below are a sample of a wider range available.Classical Literature and Culture
- Epic to Romance
- Greek and Roman Comedy
- Hellenistic Literature and Culture
- Literature and Cultural Identity of the Imperial
- Period: Being Greek, Syrian, Jewish, Egyptian under Rome
- Love, Sex and Society in Greece and Rome
- Myth into Tragedy
- Storytelling in Antiquity
- Virgil's Aeneid
- Archaic Greece and Persia
- The Crisis of the Roman Republic
- Early Greece and the Formation of the Classical World
- Egypt and the Classical World
- Graeco-Roman Egypt
- Greece: City State to World Empire
- Greek and Roman Medicine
- The Hellenistic World: History and Material Culture
- Hieroglyphs without Mystery
- History of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Domitian
- History of the Roman Empire from Trajan to Constantine
- King and Court of Achaemenid Persia
- The Reign of Darius I
- The Rise and Fall of Athens
- Roman Britain
- The Roman Family: From Birth to Old Age
- Rome: The Imperial Republic
- Archaeological Fieldwork Methods and Techniques
- Archaeological Project
- Archaeology and Topography of Athens
- Archaeology of Belief, Cult and Ritual
- The Archaeology of Death
- Archaeology of the Romans in the West
- Barbarians in the West and the Late Antique Tradition 400-700 AD
- Everyday Life in the Roman Empire
- Foundations of Britain: The Archaeology of the 1st Millennium BC
- Gods, Heroes and Mystery Cults: Religion in Ancient Greece
- Greek Art and Architecture
- Heads, Heroes and Horses: In Search of the Ancient Celts
- Late Antique Archaeology: The Mediterranean from Constantine to Muhammad
- Minoan Art and Architecture
- Origins of the Medieval City
- Roman and Medieval Artefacts
- Roman Art and Architecture
Teaching and assessment
All modules have a weekly seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. Archaeology modules sometimes include museum and site visits. We encourage students to take part in excavations and surveys with staff and associated institutions, and student bursaries are available to support this.
Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.
Studying on the Classical and Archaeological Studies programme, you gain key transferable skills such as the ability to analyse and summarise complex information, to manage and organise your time, and to express your opinion persuasively and with sensitivity, skills that will leave you well placed to embark on a graduate career.
Possible careers include archaeology, the heritage industry, museums, business, journalism, Civil Service, computing, media, librarianship, teaching, further academic study, general ‘arts degree’ employment requiring literacy and versatility.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 50%, including 60% in academic skills development, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
None, although Classical Studies, Classical Civilisation or Archaeology A level grade B where taken.
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