GL2000 - Classical Studies - NCEA Level 2 (course endorsement available)

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What is Classical Studies?

Many of Western culture’s roots can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Classical Studies looks into the lives, beliefs and creations of the people of these civilisations. Not only has much of our literature, language, art and architecture been developed from the classical world, but its influence can be seen in science, mathematics, laws and systems of government as well. By comparing our modern ways of living with these origins, we can gain a greater understanding of the current world and its influences. Classical Studies is a multi-disciplinary subject, which covers topics including politics, religion and philosophy. Students gain a wide range of historical knowledge and cultural insight while developing their analytical, critical and research skills.

What this course involves

This course is an introduction to the classical world, where students learn about Ancient Greek and Roman art, beliefs and literature. This includes a study of classical mythology, Homer’s epic poem ‘The Odyssey’ and Greek tragedy. The golden age of Greece is foreshadowed in a study of the Persian Wars. The change from the Republic to the Empire in Rome is studied in ‘The Death of Caesar’.

There are also 18 credits of Religious Studies assessments available. Religious Studies is an approved University Entrance subject. It is research-based and all material is available on the internet. Contact your teacher for further information.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a good level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91200 Examine ideas and values of the classical world 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91201 Examine the significance of features of work(s) of art in the classical world 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
SCrCreative Industries sector-related standard
91202 Demonstrate understanding of a significant event in the classical world 3 4 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91203 Examine socio-political life in the classical world 2 6 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91204 Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between aspects of the classical world and aspects of other cultures 2 6 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard