Courses & Units

Introduction to Latin XBR118



Latin lies at the foundation of the Humanities and Sciences. With Latin we are able to engage with principal thinkers such as Cicero and Seneca, and with seminal poets like Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, whose writing looms large in all major periods of Western literature. Learning Latin gives us insight into the history and vocabulary of modern disciplines such as law, medicine, biology, and botany.

At a fundamental level Latin inspires an appreciation of the elements and shape of language. We read Latin slowly and carefully, and so we develop precision in our own thinking and expression. By learning Latin you will learn to read better and write more clearly, and gain appreciation for the power and beauty of language.

This unit is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Latin. The unit is designed to provide a rapid survey of the language sufficient to enable students to read selected passages of adapted and original Latin. It also provides students with the necessary skills to proceed to HTL 102 Latin 1B. This unit is taught in blended mode, involving seminar-format learning and a variety of online activities, including videos, short quizzes, and online games. The language is taught in the context of its historical and cultural background, and includes study of the influence of Latin on the development of English and other modern languages.


Unit name Introduction to Latin
Unit code XBR118
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Teaching staff

Dr Jonathan Wallis

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 091505

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught in both on-campus mode (Hobart) and off-campus mode.


* One Video Grammar Module (approx. 20 mins) per week.

* Two seminars per week (1 x 2hr, 1 x 1hr = 3 hours per week).

* One tutorial (1 hour) per week.


* One Video Grammar Module (approx. 20 mins) per week.

* Seminar Video Recordings (four videos per week, approx. 3 hours total per week).

* Four Web Conferences per semester.


Reflective questions, 10%; vocabulary and paradigm quizzes, 15%; grammar and translation exercises, 35%; 2-hr exam, 40%.

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Available from the Co-op Bookshop: Peter V. Jones & Keith C. Sidwell, Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary (2nd Edition: 2016)  and Reading Latin: Grammar and Exercises (2nd Edition: 2016).

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