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 World of Ancient Rome.
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 key ideology(ies) that were held in the classical world. We are going to examine the values, beliefs, and rituals associated with death and the afterlife in Ancient Rome, using Virgil's epic novel The Aeneid.
We will use our new learning to complete AS 91397 (3.4) - Demonstrate understanding of significant ideology(ies) in the classical world.
This term you will shift your attention to 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. We will use the portrayal of the ancient Amazons as our topic of choice as we explore how their image and legend have lasted centuries.
Both of these internal assessments contribute towards the requirements for University Entrance Literacy.
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 values and beliefs, and Aeneas the Roman 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. These are particularly important if you are intending to use Classical Studies as one of your three University Entrance subjects.
The final four weeks of your journey through Classical Studies will be used to intensively revise and prepare for the External examinations that will take place from November onwards.
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.