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Classics and Ancient Civilization - MA-Seminar


Admission requirements

The Seminar is obligatory for all students enrolled in the MA CAC.


The CAC-Seminar is an obligatory requirement for all students enrolled in the MA CAC. It contains the following elements

  • Thesis training: academic and technical writing skills;

  • Career training (personal skills and job applications) – carried out in cooperation with the Academic Career Center;

  • Joint Project, carried out by students from all tracks on an interdisciplinary topic
    making use of relevant collections in Leiden (e.g. RMO).

Course objectives

The course aims to

  • Enhance the students’ academic writing and presentation skills;

  • Prepare students for the job market;

  • Intensify cooperation among students of the various CAC tracks;

  • Foster appreciation among students of the diversity and cohesion of Mediterranean antiquity as a whole;

  • Stimulate reflection about the place of one’s chosen track in the context of the program as a whole;

  • Develop the students’ communcative skills by presenting an interdisciplinary topic from the ancient Mediterranean world to a wider public.


Students can start the CAC-Seminar in September (group 1) and February (group 2), depending on their date of enrollment. Students are required to follow the class elements in the prescribed order. The meetings take place on Wednesday 9-11. The final program will be announced at the beginning of the academic year 2017/18.

Please consult the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Assignments and;

  • Discussion sessions.

Course load

The total course load will be 140 hours consisting of:

  • Class attendance: 10 x 2hrs = 20 hrs

  • Class preparation: 4 x 5 hrs = 20 hrs

  • Project assignment: 80 hrs

  • Presentation: 20 hrs.

Assessment method

The CAC-Seminar operates a “pass or fail” assessment system based on attendance of all seminar sessions and “passes” for each assignment.
Participation in the CAC-Seminar is successfully concluded if all seminar elements are graded with a "pass".

If one or more of the course elements are graded with a "fail", students are required to write a 5 ect. paper on an interdiciplinary topic assigned by the seminar coordinator.


Blackboard will be used as means of communication and to distribute study material.

Reading list

To be announced.


Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable. The CAC-Seminar is only open for students enrolled in the MA CAC.


Dhr. dr. R.M. van den Berg

Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg (program chair)
Huizinga 1.34