NCEA Level 1 Classical Studies
Teacher in Charge: Mrs G. Fernandez
Classical Studies is about the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The course is both challenging and exciting and is designed to interest students of different abilities and cultural backgrounds.
It focuses on:
- Myths about ancient Gods and heroes, the lessons they teach and how & why they still captivate and intrigue modern society.
- Artworks and buildings, and how they reflect the creativity and ingenuity of classical societies and form the basis for modern art and architecture.
- Relationships and how they convey the beliefs and customs that were fundamental to classical societies.
- Famous people who influenced our ideas & values and shaped the world we live in.
Classical Studies is a suitable subject for students who enjoy variety in their learning. It is engaging and relevant for our students and the global world we live in.
- Cultural enrichment
- Understanding of the origins of western civilisation.
It also helps develop skills, including:
- Communication, organization and research
- Critical and creative thinking
Classical Studies therefore enhances personal growth and teaches knowledge and skills that are applicable to a wide range of occupations.
2022 COURSE OUTLINE:
INTRODUCTION - BELIEFS AND ROLE MODELS
• The powerful Olympian Gods and how they meddled in the life of humans.
- Glory grabbing Greek heroes (eg Achilles and Heracles), their adventures and how they show timeless qualities (such as courage, honour and physical strength) that we still admire today.
ALL ABOUT A GOOD STORY AND WHAT WE LEARN FROM IT:
Examine the links between ancient Greek and Maori mythology, with a focus on the actions and achievements of Heracles and Maui and the values they teach to both classical and modern societies.
CLASSICAL ART AND ITS INTENDED PURPOSE:
Discover the amazing world of Classical art and architecture (OR classical artworks and buildings including the Roman Colosseum), the stories they tell and the methods they use in order to deliver messages of significance to both classical and modern societies.
This course may include a field trip.
DAYS OF THEIR LIVES:
Research and report on the beliefs and traditions that determined the relationships of Slaves and their masters and how slavery benefited classical societies.
ANOTHER ROTTEN ROMAN EMPEROR!
Learn about Emperor Nero (reign: 54-68 BC): His rise to power, what motivated his actions and crazy behaviour and how modern society (our students) can benefit from learning about Nero
"Classics is about building knowledge and developing critical thinking, not passing on information" Associate Professor of Classics, Canterbury University
NOTE: There may be an opportunity for Year 11 Classics students to join a tour to Greece and Italy in the future.
BHS Tour to Greece and Italy 2018
Sphinx – Delphi museum - Greece
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
Costs: Possibly $20-30 for field trip.
Stationery: Ring-binder, refill and clear copysafe pockets.
Assessment InformationINTERNAL ASSESSMENTS:
1) Examine the links between ancient Greek and Maori mythology: Students will carry out research, analyse visual resources and write a report in which they draw conclusions about the links between Classical and Maori mythology (as it relates to heroism).
2) Examine the relationships of Athenian slaves to their master/mistress: Students will use literary and visual primary and secondary resources to research slavery in ancient Athens. They will also write a report in which they draw conclusions about the relationships of slaves to their masters and how slavery benefited the state of Athens and its people.
Students will have a 3 hour examination to write extended paragraphs on the two Achievement Standards studied during the year (Emperor Nero and Art and Architecture).
They will be provided with 4 questions on each Achievement Standard and will be asked to respond to ONE of these questions.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.