Talk:Literae Humaniores

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National curriculum[edit]

The article mentions "the removal of Latin and Greek from the British National Curriculum". Have Latin & Greek ever been part of the national curriculum in Britain? I don't think so. Bluewave 21:34, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

well, I suppose that is technically true given that we never had a National Curriculum before the current government. Perhaps it should say that they were not included in the National Curriculum, and so there is no time available to teach them in most schools. Can you come up with a more elegant way of putting it? Thruston 10:26, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
We certainly did have a National Curriculum "before the present government": it was introduced by the Education Reform Act in 1988, during Margaret Thatcher's third term for the Conservatives. 81.158.2.229 (talk) 02:39, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Mods intensiveness[edit]

The article states: "Consisting until recently of 11 or 12 three-hour papers set across seven consecutive days, the examinations for Honour Moderations at the end of the fifth term were notoriously intensive; as of 2006 this is no longer the case due to the wide-ranging redesign of the way Classics is taught at Oxford, necessitated by the omission of Latin and Greek from the British National Curriculum when it was introduced in 1988." I will be taking Classics Mods (1B) at Oxford in February 2007, and they will consist of 11 three-hour papers set over seven days. For the majority of classics students, Mods are still "notoriously intensive".172.213.37.208 13:26, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

a correction based on your experience would be welcome, but do bear in mind the WP:OR rule. Much of this section already borders on point-of-view stuff and lacks any proper references. Is there something published by the faculty I wonder that sets out what you have to sit? Perhaps we could refer to that.
But more importantly why are you editing WP when you should be reading Herodotus! Get on with your work at once! (only joking).
I sat Mods (B) in Feb 1983 and you have my deepest sympathy and best wishes for the next two months.Thruston 10:39, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
Ha. I sat Mods in the same year as you and added the setence after the one you quote in something like January 2007... 129.67.169.24 (talk) 15:40, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

lit. hum. meaning[edit]

When I read LitHum in the mid-1960s, I liked to think that it meant "rather humane letters" Pamour (talk) 12:58, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Ambiguous line in introduction[edit]

Hi, I'm not quite sure how to parse the final 2 lines of the introduction. The paragraph currently reads:

The Latin name means literally "more humane literature", and was in contrast to the other main field of study when the university was first started, ie. "literae divitiores", aka theology. Lit Hum is concerned with human learning, and Lit. Div. with learning that came from God. In its early days, it encompassed mathematics and natural sciences as well. It is now an archetypal Humanities course.

It is unclear to me what "It" refers to in the final 2 lines. Were mathematics and natural sciences encompassed by Lit. Div. or by Lit. Hum.? What subject is now "archetypal"?

If I knew the answer, I would edit the copy myself. Obviously, I am ignorant about the topic!

Thank you, DDugan (talk) 19:10, 13 July 2013 (UTC)