CLAS134-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Beginners' Greek A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


An introduction to Greek grammar and reading Greek. Students learn the language and literature of primarily Athens of the fifth and fourth centuries BC, and focus on texts closely modelled on authors such as Plato, Aristophanes and more. The course involves some study of the cultural background of these texts, including the philosophy of Socrates, life during wartime and the role of women in ancient Greece.

In this course students are introduced to Ancient Greek – the language of the first poetry, drama, historiography and philosophy of the Western Tradition. We use the Reading Greek [Second Edition] books to learn ancient Greek. These Textbooks teach Greek by reading passages – with a lot of help initially! You will be translating some Greek by the end of the first week and you will be surprised by how much you will have learnt by the end of the Semester. We work our way through the sections in Reading Greek; and to help you do this I have gathered together additional material that will either be handed out in class and/or made available through Learn. This material will present similar information to your Text, but it does so in different ways, to give you options in how to process it!

The Reading Greek passages add some variety and interest and are a way to consolidate the grammar that has been learnt. The texts also provide a means to introduce aspects of Greek History, Society and Culture into the course. Learning the language is the best possible way to understand the ancient Greeks and their world.

This is a very rewarding course. It will be challenging at times, but that is what makes the achievement worthwhile! In this course, you will know and be known by your fellow students and lecturer, as you all work together to understand Ancient Greek!

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will acquire:
1. A grounding in Greek grammar and begin to develop skills in the translation of ancient Greek texts in the textbook Reading Greek.
2. Improved written and oral skills through a better knowledge of English grammar.
3. Insights into Greek History, Literature, Society and Culture.
4. The knowledge required to begin CLAS135 Beginners’ Greek B

Transferrable (employment) skills developed in this course:
5. Improved communication of knowledge and opinions verbally and in writing.
6. Confidence in expressing opinions and discussing ideas in groups.
7. Improved ability to write concisely in grammatically correct and properly punctuated English
8. Time management skills and self-discipline.
9. Gain greater skills in critical thinking, argument development and problem solving.

UC Graduate Profile
10. An appreciation as to how a language provides insights into and an understanding of a culture and society.
11. Basic understanding of how dialects reflect important differences in ethnic groups.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.



Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Psychology - Sociology 456 (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
Jack Erskine 441 (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 - (23/4-28/5)
Meremere 526 (20/2-19/3)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
Jack Erskine 441 (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 45% Best 3 of 4 @ 15% each
Assignment 1 20% Take home assignment
Translation Assignments 15%
Final Assessment 20%

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Essential for start of year

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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  • CLAS134-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020