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Medieval Latin

This course can be taken for credit

General LFA (19-week course)

Level 1

Medieval Latin Level 1 (LFA00022L) 

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of Latin and includes full introduction to the grammar. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The course has three key aims:

  • to provide a sound foundation for the study of Medieval Latin so that basic texts can be tackled;
  • to place the use of Medieval Latin in its historical context, looking at how it differs from Classical Latin and providing an overview of the material available;
  • to enable the student to identify and find relevant resources, both library and web-based, so that further private study can be pursued.

Objectives

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • read and understand Medieval Latin at a sound basic level;
  • choose and use Latin dictionaries and word lists;
  • apply a foundation of grammar to approach a variety of source material in Latin from the medieval period;
  • gain an understanding of and be able to identify straightforward transcribed material from documents such as wills and charters.

Teaching method

The course is based on a series of handouts that will build up into a learning resource. Recommendations on reading material and textbooks will be made, but the breadth of the subject is such that these usually depend on the individual student’s needs or particular interests. Reading material will be provided by the tutor covering a wide range of genres, periods and styles, and this can be adapted to any special requirements or requests of the group.

To know what resources you will need to support your studies, please check our course material webpage. The VLE will also provide further support and materials.

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Level 2

Medieval Latin Level 2 (LFA00068L)

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at those with some previous knowledge of the target language. It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and members of the public.

Duration and mode of delivery

19 weeks over 3 terms

We are committed to on-campus face-to-face teaching.

The following principles apply to all our courses:

  • Places will be assigned on a first come first served basis 
  • The learning aims and objectives of our courses are unchanged, as are the breadth and depth of content.
  • The workload remains in accordance with academic requirements (20 credits = 200 hours of learning).
  • Interaction with peers and tutors remains at the heart of our course design and delivery.
  • You need to have access to a laptop or desktop and internet connection (please check the minimum specifications)

Aims

The course has three key aims:

  • to provide a sound comprehension of medieval Latin language for reading purposes;
  • to provide the basis for the study of Latin texts in other University departments, especially History;
  • to develop an understanding of four main genres in medieval Latin literature and place them in their historical and cultural contexts.

Objectives

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • read and understand medieval Latin at a sound intermediate level;
  • use a wide range of Internet resources to further your study and understanding of the medieval Latin literature and documents;
  • use a Latin dictionary and grammar tables to work out challenging material you have not met before;
  • apply your knowledge to understand a good range of different types of Latin;
  • appreciate the influence of Latin in the medieval world.

Teaching method

The course will be taught using medieval texts as reading material with a series of handouts covering syntax with practice material from prescribed texts. Support and resources will also be available on the VLE. The course will fall into four units, using readings from the following:

  • The Latin of the Vulgate
  • The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine
  • Wills and other historical documents
  • Selected writings from Bede, Geoffrey of Monmouth and other histories

Time commitment

In addition to your 2 hour face-to-face sessions per week, you will be expected to spend around 2-3 hours each week on independent study, as advised by your tutor.

Assessment and certification

Students’ performance will be monitored through formative work throughout the year and assessed via an end of year exam. The exam is mandatory for students taking the LFA modules for credit and optional for extracurricular students and members of the public. 

An LFA certificate will be awarded to participants who pass the end of year exam. Assessment details will be available by the start of the module.

Register for a course

Our Registration page has an up-to-date list of which courses are on offer in 2022/23.

Year-long course fees 2022/23

£0 if taken for credit

£245 University of York students

£325 over 60s/students from other universities/schools (You will be required to provide proof that you are eligible for this discounted rate)

£370 University of York staff/public