Classical Studies - NCEA Level 3
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 and in-depth 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 can include:
- Alexander the Great;
- Socrates the Greek Philosopher
- Roman Art and Architecture
- Greek Vase Painting and Art in Ancient Greece
- Virgil’s Aeneid
This is an approved subject for University Entrance.
This term you will be introduced to the Classical Worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Our main objective during this term is to become familiar with finding, interpreting and using Primary source materials. Each student will complete a "ground work" unit to strengthen their skills of analysis and writing.
We will do this through focussing on key ideology(ies) that were held in the classical world. We are going to examine the values, beliefs and decisions of Alexander the Great as he embarked on an ambitious plan to conquer Persia.
Our main objective during this term is to strengthen the skills we developed in Term 1 and use them to critically analyse the motives, successes and failures of Alexander.
You will complete this through AS 91397 (3.4) - Demonstrate understanding of significant ideology(ies) in the classical world.
This term our focus shifts towards the rise of Roman Art and Architecture and the influences it has had on the world since.
You will complete an examination of the lasting influences of Ancient Greece and Rome on today's societies through AS 91398 (3.5) - Demonstrate understanding of the lasting influences of the classical world on other cultures across time.
By now you should be in a strong position to turn your attention to our external assessments.
AS 91395 and AS 91396 both use the knowledge you have gained in Terms 1 and 2 (Roman Art and Architecture/Greek Vase Painting and Alexander the Great).
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.
The final 4 weeks of your journey through Classical Studies will be used to intensively revise and prepare for the External examinations that will take place from Week 5 of
Recommended Prior Learning
Minimum 12 Level 2 credits from Classical Studies OR NCEA Level 2 English, History or another Social Science subject. Alternatively, at the discretion of Leader of Learning for Historical Studies (GRL)
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Term: 4, Week: 5
Term: 4, Week: 5
Term: 2, Week: 10
Term: 1, Week: 10
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.