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Classical Studies (Master of Arts part 2) (A864)

In many ways the history of the human race is a history of bodies: bodies thinking, acting, feeling, being born and dying. In recent years classical scholars have increasingly been turning their attention to the bodily aspects of ancient societies and the insights that can be gained from viewing the ancient world in an 'embodied' way. What did people in ancient Greece and Rome believe about the causes and cures of sickness? How did they bury their dead? What were their beauty ideals? Most importantly, what do these kinds of issues tell us about the societies as a whole? Several scholars who have been at the forefront of this research are staff in classical studies at the Open University, and this module will be students' chance to get to grips with the research. Building on the source work developed during the MA part 1, this module will allow students to develop interdisciplinary source analysis skills by combining very different types of evidence and exploring a wide range of themes. As such, it is designed to contain 'something for everyone', no matter whether students' main interest and expertise lies in literature or history or archaeology. This module will also consolidate and build on research skills, gradually building in more and more independent study and preparing students for the writing of their dissertation.

Entry requirements

To take this module, students must declare the MA in Classical Studies (F27) (or another qualification towards which this module can count) as their qualification intention. Students should ideally have completed the MA Classical Studies part 1 (A863), although completion of the older MA Postgraduate foundation module (A861) is also acceptable. Knowledge of the Greek or Latin language is not necessary, though some would be useful and students will be expected to recognise key technical terms, concepts and ideas. We offer an introductory Greek module at undergraduate level: 'Reading classical Greek: language and literature (A275)'.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on tutor marked assignments and an end of module assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 12 months
Credits from The Open University Distance learning October 2016 - 12 months

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