Intensive Beginners Latin

Subject CLAS20021 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Five hours of lectures and ten hours of tutorials per week for seven weeks, 9 January to 25 February 2014
Total Time Commitment:

Total Time Commitment: 204 hours including class time





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed VCE Latin are not permitted to enrol in this subject, these students should see the subject listings for Post VCE Latin.

Students who have completed the following subjects are not permitted to enrol in this subject:

CLAS20024 /30007 Beginners Latin A; CLAS20025 / 30008 Beginners Latin B

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Sonya Wurster

Subject Overview:

This subject teaches students to read Latin and covers the material of two semesters. It covers grammatical concepts and paradigms, sentence formation, translation and the reading of simple texts. The aim is for students to acquire the elements of syntax, grammar and vocabulary of Latin, sufficient to begin reading literary and non-literary texts. Some background in Roman cultural and political life will also be covered. Completion of the subject will enable a student to enrol in Intermediate Latin.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be able to read and comprehend Latin in previously unseen texts. Completion of the subject will enable a student to enrol in Intermediate Latin.
  • because of the dependence of many languages (including English) on Latin vocabulary, students will understand the history of their own language and culture, and improve their native language skills.

Written work totalling 8000 words comprising twelve 10-minute class tests 10%, six translation exercises 20%, one 2-hour mid-semester exam 35% (all held during the semester) and a 2-hour final exam 35% (to be held on Friday 28 February).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% class attendance. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after working five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject

Prescribed Texts:
  • Classical Latin: An Introductory Course (JC McKeown) Hacket Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Classical Latin: An Introductory Course,Workbook (JC McKeown) Hacket Publishing Company, Inc.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop their critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
  • appreciate the communication conventions of another culture.
  • be able to think in theoretical terms.
Links to further information:

The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology Major

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