NCEA Level 2 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 educational / cultural backgrounds.
It focuses on:
- Famous people who influenced the ideas and values of ancient society and shaped the world we live in.
- Classical mythology: stories about gods and heroes, including their purpose and relevance to modern society.
- Significant events and their impact on our lives and the lives of ancient people.
- Artworks and buildings that reflect the creativity and ingenuity of ancient societies and form the basis for modern art and architecture.
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 enhances personal growth and prepares students for a wide range of careers.
2024 COURSE OUTLINE:
In 2024 students will learn about:
- Homer's Odyssey: We follow the adventure-filled journey of the egotistical but lovable Odysseus. We encounter giants, monsters and nymphs and learn about the ideas and values that were fundamental to classical society.
- Heroes and Hollywood: why and how major motion pictures are still inspired from ancient legendary heroes (Achilles and Perseus) and ancient historical events (Leonidas and his '300').
- Destruction of Pompeii: The iconic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the subsequent burial of Pompeii and what its remains convey about life in the Roman Empire.
- Art and Architecture: The glorious stories and people behind some of the most famous artworks and their contributions to both ancient and modern society. In addition, why ancient art and architecture continues to inspire and influence modern practices.
"Classics is about building knowledge and developing critical thinking, not passing on information"
Associate Professor of Classics, Canterbury University
2023 Classical Studies Educational tour to Greece and Italy - Amphitheatre in Pompeii
Recommended Prior Learning
10 credits in any Level 1 subject, or by HOD approval.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
Costs: Possibly $20-40 for field trip.
Stationery: Ring-binder, refill and clear copysafe pockets.
Assessment InformationINTERNAL ASSESSMENTS:
1) Examine how a significant event opens a window into Roman society of the 1st century AD: Students will carry out research, analyse primary visual and literary resources and write a report in which they explain how the eruption of mount Vesuvius provides knowledge and understanding of Roman society.
2) Examine how classical mythology has influenced modern Hollywood movies : Students will carry out research, analyse primary visual and literary resources and write a report in which they explain the nature of the classical hero and how (and why) he is portrayed in modern Hollywood movies.
Students will have a 3 hour examination to write extended paragraphs on the two Achievement Standards studied during the year (The ideas and values of Homeric society 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.
You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.