NCEA Level 1 Classical Studies

11CLS
Course Description

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 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: 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.

Therefore:

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.

It provides:

  • Cultural enrichment 
  • Understanding of the origins of western civilisation.

It also helps develop skills, including:

  • Literacy
  • 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.

2021 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), 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

Classical Studies therefore enhances personal growth and teaches knowledge and skills that are applicable to a wide range of occupations.

"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


Learning Areas:

Classical Studies



Pathway

NCEA Level 2 Classical Studies

Classical Studies students are well prepared to enter a wide range of careers and courses.
Our past students are now employed in a huge variety of careers. For example:
Marketing, digital technology, journalism, law, architecture, travel, broadcasting, publishing, human resources, art galleries & museums, teaching, theater/performance, banking, diplomatic service, and SO MANY MORE

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Costs: Possibly $20-30 for field trip.
Stationery: Ring-binder, refill and clear copysafe pockets.


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