Each year you will take two course units in each subject.
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. 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 compare different ancient institutions and societies
- develop the skills necessary to study the structure and evolution of institutions and societies
- 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.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
See the Department’s website for further information.