GL3000 - Classics and Religious Studies - NCEA Level 3 (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

Theatre and literature and their relation to life in Ancient Greece and Rome form a large part of this course. Importantly, these still influence us today, with much Western drama and fiction originating from this time. Students will encounter the Greek Attic comedy of Aristophanes, as well as Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Aeneid’.

In turn, an introduction to the concepts behind Greek vase painting and a historical study of Alexander the Great is also offered.

Throughout the course, students gain further insight into not just ancient culture but the way we act, think and live today. 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.

Note: Religious Studies and Classical Studies are from separate domains (subject areas) for UE approved subjects - i.e. the credits for Classics and Religious Studies cannot be combined. However, all credits gained do count towards NCEA Level 3.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a very good level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
90826 Analyse the response of a religious tradition to a contemporary ethical issue 3 6 Internal
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90827 Analyse the key beliefs of a religious tradition and a secular world view in relation to ultimate questions 3 6 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91394 Analyse ideas and values of the classical world 2 4 External
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UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91395 Analyse the significance of a work(s) of art in the classical world 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91396 Analyse the impact of a significant historical figure on the classical world 2 6 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91397 Demonstrate understanding of significant ideology(ies) in the classical world 2 6 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91398 Demonstrate understanding of the lasting influences of the classical world on other cultures across time 2 6 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91725 Analyse the meanings in a sacred text within a religious tradition 2 6 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard