• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Classics
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History, History, Latin, Ancient Greek
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Estelle Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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In this course, students will conduct in-depth study of a special topic in Classics related to the research interests of staff members in the Centre for Classical Studies. Special attention will be paid to the analysis of primary source evidence, modern scholarly debates, and methodological and theoretical approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. review, evaluate and apply the types of evidence and approaches used by Classical scholars at the level expected of postgraduates;
  2. engage critically with arguments by modern scholars to a degree expected of postgraduates;
  3. develop and enhance skills in close reading, marshalling evidence, and presenting original arguments both verbally and in writing to postgraduate standard;
  4. deepen training to a postgraduate standard in some of the key methodological approaches used by historical, literary and philological scholars in their study of Greek and Roman antiquity; and
  5. present arguments orally in discussions and presentations at a level expected of posgraduates.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Participation
    (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. 2 Seminar Presentations (30 +30 mins) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Weekly Blogposts (400 words per post) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. 2 Research Essays (2 x 3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 12 hours of contact: 12 x 1 hour seminars

b) 248 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CLAS4008.

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be available on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.


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Unit value:
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12.00 0.25000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7540 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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