Learning outcomes

The Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics trains specialists in the study of Greek and Latin texts.

By working on original sources, students will develop the ability to produce a precise and rigorous analysis, guided by a critical mind-set and intellectual independence, with a view to interpreting an author’s ideas or a question relating to societal issue in its context. These qualities will enable access to employment outside the strict domain of ancient languages and literatures.

The challenge for s students, in an immediate civilisation such as ours, it to promote the rigorous analysis of facts on the basis of primary sources and from a long-term perspective.

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :

1. Become expert in and apply knowledge in the specific field of classical languages and literature.

1.1. Attain expert knowledge of two ancient, classical languages including their vocabulary, grammar (morphology and syntax), their synchronous operation and their diachronic development;
1.2. Apply knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to Greek and Latin texts, within the framework of different activities: translations into and out of the language studied, individual research, preparation of oral presentations and production of written work;
1.3. Acquire an in-depth knowledge of Greek and Latin works of literature and their authors, by mastering the tools and methods used in the analysis and interpretation of these texts.

2. Successfully complete an individual research assignment in the field of classical languages and literatures and present the results.

2.1. Collect data using the appropriate heuristic tools, with a view to establishing a relevant corpus of primary sources (in ancient languages), translating those texts and analysing them critically, and creating and using a relevant bibliography of secondary sources;
2.2. Develop a methodology specific to the subject being studied and implement it in the handling of that subject;
2.3. Deal with a well-defined subject: provide a specific question, define an issue, produce clear and structured arguments and formulate results;
2.4. Communicate the results of an individual research assignment in writing which fulfils the formal drafting requirements (referenced citations, language and style, structure and layout).

3. Acquire and develop general skills which can be used in a professional environment.

3.1. Employ the knowledge acquired in the different fields of the humanities, with a view to conducting an in-depth analysis of facts, documents, speeches or issues;
3.2. Manage all types of data: gather and analyse data, classify it and evaluate its relevance;
3.3. Implement a critical approach: identify the original sources of the data, assess their value and analyse their impact;
3.4. Demonstrate the ability to summarize: efficiently analyse the data inherent to a situation or a question with a view to drawing the most appropriate conclusions or solutions from them;
3.5. Acquire the independence necessary to practise lifelong independent learning.

4. If the Greek language and civilisation elective is chosen: deepening their knowledge of Greek languages and civilisations.