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WELCOME TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS
AND ANCIENT HISTORY
www.warwick.ac.uk/go/classics
The Classics and Ancient History
session line up
Why Classics? Why Warwick?
The degrees we offer
Admissions
The students – The student view
Break-out – meet staff and students and
get any further questions answered at our
‘Admissions’, ‘Department Life’ and
‘Student experience’ stalls
Roman Britain Quiz!
Which is NOT true?
Britain is home to the oldest known
Roman wooden toilet seat
Some escaped snails may be the last
surviving Romans in Britain
Westminster Abbey sits over a Roman
temple to Diana
The oldest wooden Roman toilet seat
was found in Vindolanda (just south of
Hadrian’s wall) last summer
Snails brought to Britain by the
Romans as food escaped and live on in
Britain as protected species
(Chedworth Roman villa)
The idea that Westminster Abbey is
over a Roman temple was likely
invented by monks in the middle ages
so that they might compete with
similar claims by other churches, like
St. Paul’s.
What this tells us:
How engrained in the fabric of our world are the
societies of ancient Greece and Rome.
How different the realities of those ancient
societies can be from our perceptions of them.
How much every period of history between
then and now is implicated in forming our
picture of them and their legacy.
As a result, we believe that studying the Classical world:
•Opens our eyes to a fascinating period of history in the human story
that has had a tremendous impact on our own age.
•Helps us to understand better the nature of modern society.
•Makes us aware of the complex and constantly changing ways in which
concepts crucial to human society like ‘history’, ‘tradition’ and ‘identity’
are formulated and manipulated.
Why Classics and Ancient History at Warwick?
Very strong staff to student ratio
High level of 1 to 1 staff-student contact time
As a result, a wide variety of module choice + specialty to suit each
student
Innovative and flexible teaching styles – thanks to the Institute for
Advanced Teaching and Learning at Warwick
Research-led teaching by leaders in the field in new and exciting
areas across the subject: literature, history, art-history, archaeology,
numismatics and ancient economics, ancient science, reception
studies
Interdisciplinarity – cross-overs between different areas of study,
both within Classics, and beyond the traditional confines of the
discipline
Why Classics and Ancient History at Warwick?
Continuous in-depth feedback for all students on their work as they
progress
Lots of opportunities for involvement with department academic
projects
Lots of opportunities for student – led engagement and impact
projects
Erasmus exchanges with Universities of Venice, Bologna and Rome,
and International exchanges with Monash university, Australia
Warwick university voted one of major targets for UK graduate
recruiters and has been voted University of the Year by the Times
and Sunday Times. Our department is ranked 4th in the UK in the
Times Good University Guide 2015 and the Guardian University
Guide 2015.
Our Degrees
c. 80 undergraduate students taken each
year across the degrees
Flexible and interdisciplinary
Some compulsory modules, esp. in 1st year
Everyone gets to learn an ancient language
at the level right for them!
Third year dissertation
Opportunity to learn outside the classroom
Students take 4 modules a year, equating
to 8-10 contact hrs/week
Module sizes vary (6-50 students)
Assessed through essays and
examinations
Our Degrees
Degree Programmes
Ancient History and Classical
Archaeology
Classical Civilization
Classics
Classical Civilization with
Philosophy
English and Latin
Study in Europe
Liberal Arts (Classics Pathway)
Study in
Europe
Available as a degree option for Ancient History + Archaeology,
Classical Civilisation, + Classics degrees
4 year degree, with one year spent abroad in Italy, at our partner
universities in Venice, Bologna, or Rome via the Erasmus scheme
Italian language
Requires an A level in a modern or ancient language, or evidence
of ability to learn Italian
Students must achieve a 2.1 in 1st year, and 2.1 in Italian modules
+ overall 2.1 in 2nd year in order to go abroad.
Module Options 2015/16
Literature: Greek Tragedy, Origins of the
Modern Novel, Sexuality & Gender in Antiquity
Language: ancient or modern
History/Archaeology: Tiberius to Hadrian,
Principles and Methods of Archaeology,
Democracy and Imperialism
Thematic: Receptions of Antiquity
Inter-disciplinary: IATL – Challenges of Climate
Change; Censorship and Society, Achieving
Sustainability; Digital Humanities and Texts
External – Language / Business School / History
Want to know more?
Department of Classics and Ancient
History: the admissions procedure
The standard Warwick offer
ABB / Equivalent
Preferred subjects?
– None
Interview?
– Not generally
Exceptions
(reminder)
Classics Q800:
AAB, including A in Latin or Ancient Greek
English and Latin Literature
AAB, including A in English Literature and
Latin
Liberal Arts (Classics Pathway)
AAB
Our degrees with study in Europe
SIE degrees require evidence of language
learning ability. For Classics with SIE, that
evidence is provided by the study of Latin
and/or Greek at A-level (and the necessity
of achieving an A in the ancient language).
For CC and AHCA with SIE…..
Timing of application
Deadlines
15th January
UCAS extra
What we do next
Read, considered and processed by
Classicists
– Admissions officer: Michael Scott
What we look at
(in this order)
Achieved grades (GCSE, AS)
Personal statement
Reference
if there are any factors that may have affected your
performance, make sure your referee has explained them
Predicted grades
Your personal statement:
what we look for
Personal interests:
The way you have followed your interests shows us
something about your focus, work and time management
Subject interest is paramount
EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is evidence of this
If there is something specific that sparked
your interest
but don’t make something up
Your personal statement:
what we look for
Well-written
Accurate punctuation
No spelling errors
Good grammar
All Classical names are spelled correctly
Advice for students
·
Listen to your teachers.
·
Have your final draft ready a few days early so you can reread
with a fresh pair of eyes before uploading it. Do not be making
major changes hours before submission – this is where errors can
creep in.
Advice for parents
·
Let them write it.
·
Focus needs to be on their engagement with the ancient
world
·
Extra-curricular activities are useful to the extent that they
show us about achieving high standards, time management, focus.
Communication
Communication
We are human.
Contact us. Email is best:
Michael Scott:
[email protected]
BEING A CLASSICS
STUDENT AT
WARWICK
LIVING ON CAMPUS/REVOLVING AROUND
THE SU:
(DIRTY DUCK, CURIOSITEA, TERRACE BAR,
BREAD OVEN)
SU NIGHTS IN THE COPPER ROOMS – POP,
SKOOL DAYZ…
ACCOMODATION
NEVER FEAR
ENJOY
THE CLASSICS
SOCIETY
SOCIALS
WEEKLY ‘CURIOSITEA’ AND ‘DUCK’ SOCIALS
OTHER SOCIALS: RESTAURANTS, CINEMA
TRIPS, QUIZZES
MORE SOCIALS: GENERAL NIGHTS OUT
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SYMPOSIUM
CLASSICS OLYMPIAD, SOCIETY’S 25TH
ANNIVERSARY
PLAY
THESMOPHORIAZUSAE PRODUCTION, 2015
PAST PRODUCTIONS: PSEUDOLUS, 2014 AND
THE BACCHAE, 2013
SPORTS
SPORTS
SOCIETY TRIPS
PAPHOS TRIP, 2014
STONEHENGE
OVERNIGHT
CAMPING TRIP
2014
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES
MORE OPPORTUNITIES
• Language classes
• Mentoring support
• Charity fundraising
• SSLC
Thank you for coming.
We very much hope to see you again in the
Department!
Remember, any questions
get in touch
[email protected]
Enjoy your time here at
Warwick and have a safe
journey home
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