NCEA Course Booklet

Classical Studies

Classical Studies greatly improves knowledge retention, recall and essay-writing skills. Students learn to reason using historical facts to create a picture of life in classical times. They also learn to interpret classical literature in translation and find its relevance in its own time and in a modern context.

Year 12

Prerequisites None, although strong literacy skills are recommended.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 8 of the 18 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 10 credits internally assessed.

Description The aim of this course is to stimulate students in a study of the classical world – without demanding a background of language skills – by offering a wide range of topics on historical, literary and artistic themes from specifically the Greek civilisation. The courses at both levels provide opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and are designed to appeal to students with a range of abilities.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91200 (4 credits – external) Examine ideas and values of the classical world. • AS 91201 (4 credits – external) Examine the significance of features of work(s) of art in the classical world. • AS 91202 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of a significant event in the classical world. • AS 91204 (6 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between aspects of the classical world and aspects of other cultures. This course also provides a sound basis for Level 3 Classical Studies.

Four topics are studied throughout the year:

• Greek Tragedy • Ancient Art and Architecture • The Trojan War • Epic Poem vs Epic Film

These topics combine to give students a good understanding of classical literature, history, philosophy, customs and ways of life.

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