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PHI2205: Classical European Philology 1

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General information | Overlapping courses | Course requirements | Final assessment | Course objective and content | Comments on the literature list 

Person responsible for the course:Jens Braarvig (
Credit points (ECTS):15
Start of studies:
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Religion and Society
Department:Department of Education, Religion and Society

General information

This course is a cooperation between MF and The Norwegian Institute of Philology (PHI).
Classical Philology is, narrowly defined, the study of Greek and Latin language and literature. To some extent, this will always remain central to any serious study of philology, since the field is heavily indebted to this classical tradition.
The course Classical European Philology gives students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of classical philology, whether they have a background in Greek and Latin or some other branch of historical philology, such as Armenian, Georgian, Old Church Slavonic. Every term the Norwegian Institute of Philology offers a variety of reading seminars, which are usually related to a research project of one of the participants. The content of the seminars can therefore to some extent be adapted to suit the research projects of advanced students (typically MA or PhD-students).
While the emphasis is on reading and discussing ancient texts, many seminars which include a more theoretical content are also offered each term. The questions investigated during these seminars belong to a variety of fields, such as philology, historical linguistics, theoretical linguistics, literature, history, and many others
General knowledge of at least one classical language. Experience with reading historical documents in the original languages and a good knowledge of both historical and theooretical linguistics is an advantage. 
This course is also offered at the master level for students with a relevant bachelor’s degree. For more information, see the course description for PHI5205.  

Overlapping courses

PHI2205 overlaps with PHI5205. Students who have already completed PHI5205 will receive 0 credit points (ECTS) for PHI2205 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Submit and have approved a one-page outline of the essay.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment is based on an essay submitted by the student (4000-4500 words). The topic of the essay will be related to the reading in the course and chosen in cooperation with the course instructor(s). The mark (A-F) is given on the basis of the written exam.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • A good knowledge of Classical Philology
  • A good knowledge of Classical Philology as a discipline
The student can:
  • Work autonomously with original texts and linguistic analyses
  • Formulate independent research ideas related to Classical Philology and linguistics.

Comments on the literature list

Literature relevant to the texts chosen for the given semester. More information about the relevant course literature is posted on the seminar webpages of the Norwegian Institute of Philology:

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