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CLAS106 Words and Ideas

A study of English words and phrases derived from the Greek and Roman worlds that are used in a number of modern academic disciplines and the ancient and modern ideas behind them.

In Words and Ideas students meet a selection of English words and phrases derived from the Greek and Roman worlds. These are used today in a number of modern academic disciplines, namely Myth, Medicine, Law, Politics, Commerce, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology and History. These words and phrases not only express ideas of fundamental importance in academic English but also have a general utility in everyday life. The course focuses on the social, historical and political origins of these words and explains how the ancient languages and cultures of Greece and Rome have heavily influenced modern English and modern culture in different parts of the world.

Paper title Words and Ideas
Paper code CLAS106
Subject Classical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Words and Ideas will be of interest to all students who have a particular interest in words, wish to improve their language ability by expanding their general vocabulary in a range of disciplines, and are interested in modern ideas and their ancient origins. The course material caters to the needs not only of students who have a high degree of proficiency in English, but also of those students whose skills in English language and vocabulary are in need of improvement.


Teaching staff

Dr John Garthwaite


W. J. Dominik, Words and Ideas (Bolchazy Carducci)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

An in-depth knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots of English words, and modern concepts drawn from classical culture.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system