Each year you will take three course units in Ancient History and one course unit in Philosophy.
In Ancient History, you will learn about the history and society of antiquity, from the beginnings of Classical civilization in the seventh century BCE to the fall of the Roman empire in the seventh century CE. You will study politics, social developments, military history, cultural history, economics, and the history of personal relations, including gender and family. You’ll get a grounding in methodologies: how to read primary and secondary sources, how to balance evidence and ways of thinking about historical and social issues: key skills. Our courses bring you close to the primary material, the writings and artifacts from antiquity, and allow you to develop your knowledge and skills.
For Philosophy you will take two introductory half-unit courses in the first year and then choose from a wide range of course units in years two and three. These cover ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato as well as specialist fields such as the philosophy of art and radical political theory.
Throughout the course, you will:
• learn to analyse different ancient institutions and societies
• improve your knowledge of the histories of Greece and Rome
• develop the skills needed to study the structure and evolution of institutions and societies
• acquire interpretative methodologies in dealing with a variety of material.
• develop your understanding of key philosophical texts
• acquire interpretative and analytical skills in dealing with a variety of primary and secondary literary, archaeological, documentary and legal source material.
See the Department’s website for further information.