Classical Studies - NCEA Level 2
Teacher in Charge: Whaea L. Green
To understand who we are and our role in society, we need to know about the societies that have laid the foundations for the world in which we live. Classical Studies is the study of the history, art, architecture, and society of the classical period (pre 600 A.D.) This course takes a fascinating look at the ancient Classical world. It will provide an in-depth understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman period through the study of culture, mythologies, ideas, concepts, vases, philosophies, and Philosophers.
Topics studied included:
- The Odyssey
- Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology
- Architecture and Sculpture in Ancient Greece and Rome
- Pompeii and the eruption of Vesuvius
This term you will be introduced to the Classical World of Ancient Greece.
Our main objective during this term is to become familiar with finding, interpreting, and using Primary source materials. Each student will complete a "groundwork" unit to strengthen their skills in analysis and writing.
We will do this by focussing on important ideas and beliefs that were held in the classical world. We are going to examine the values, beliefs, and characteristics associated with Ancient Greek heroes, using Homer's epic novel The Odyssey.
We will use our new learning to complete AS 91204 (2.5) - Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between aspects of the classical world and aspects of other cultures.
This term our focus shifts towards a significant event in Roman history - the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
You will complete an examination of the event and how it is important in helping us to understand ancient civilisations through AS 91202 (2.3) - Demonstrate understanding of a significant event in the classical world.
Both of your internal assessments contribute towards University Entrance Literacy requirements.
By now you should be in a strong position to turn your attention to our external assessment.
AS 91200 uses the knowledge you have gained in Terms 1 and 2 (Greek values and beliefs, and Odysseus the Greek hero).
We will measure our progress this term by taking part in our Senior School exams - an opportunity to experience the external assessments and practice our ability to communicate our ideas under pressure. This is particularly important if you wish to gain University Entrance Literacy by the end of the year.
The final four weeks of your journey through Classical Studies will be used to intensively revise and prepare for the External examination that will take place from November onwards.
Recommended Prior Learning
12 NCEA Level 1 English credits, 12 NCEA Level 1 HIstory credits, or 12 NCEA Level 1 credits from another Social Science subject. Alternatively, at the discretion of Leader of Learning for Historical Studies (GRL)
Total Credits Available: 14 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.