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Unit information: Applied Classics in 2020/21

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Unit name Applied Classics
Unit code CLAS30039
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Zajko
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Classics & Ancient History
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will introduce students to the skills of project management by guiding them through the process of working in groups to identify, plan, market and execute a project aimed at presenting Classics in some way to the wider public. It will encourage students to make use of skills and talents developed in extra-curricular activities, and will enable them to draw together academic and non-academic skills, ready to present themselves to the world of employment. Students will be trained in professional skills of project management, minute-taking, risk assessment, budgeting, and self-presentation. Group projects will be displayed in a five day “Festival of Classics” at the end of the academic year. In preparation for the project, students will also further expand their knowledge of the Classical world (and/or its Reception) in an area chosen by them.

The Unit aims to:

  • develop professional skills to enhance students’ employability, including experience in defining, planning and executing a group project.
  • Increase awareness of the relationship between academic learning and the world outside the academy.
  • promote critical self-reflection.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Have developed skills in collective project planning and execution.
  2. Have enhanced their skills in researching, selecting, and using primary and secondary material about classical antiquity.
  3. Have developed understanding of the practical, methodological, and political issues involved in presenting an aspect of the ancient world to the contemporary public.
  4. Have enhanced their skills in academic writing geared towards a general readership.

Teaching details

This unit will involve a combination of independent investigative activities, workshops, and project group meetings. Students will be expected to engage with materials and participate on a weekly basis. Feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessments, and this will be supported by meetings with tutors.

Assessment Details

Group project (formative). 3,000 word essay (summative) (100%). [All ILOs]

Reading and References

Kirkham, P, Mosey, S., and Binks, M. 2009. Ingenuity in Practice. A Guide to Clear Thinking Nottingham: University of Nottingham Business School.

Maylor, Harvey. 2010. Project Management Harlow: Prentice Hall

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