Level 2 Classical Studies
Teacher in Charge: Ms T. Marshall
LEARNING ACTIVITIES: The study of the civilisations of ancient Greece.
Before Marvel and DC: the Superheroes of the Ancient World: In their study of Greek Mythology, students examine a range of myths, with particular emphasis on Homer’s epic story ‘Odyssey’. This is assessed as both an internal and external standard. In the internal, students compare Homer’s Odyssey to the film version, to understand the importance and relevance of superheroes stories to both the ancient Greek culture and our own culture today.
The Significance of the Persian Wars: The Greek victory over the mighty Persians was a David vs Goliath story. As an internal, students study how the Greeks achieved this and the legacy that still survives today. The period that followed is known as the Golden Age of Greece – where the foundations of western civilisation were laid.
Athenian Social and Political Life: The study of the Golden Age of Greece. In this topic students explore the time which saw the birth of science and politics, philosophy, literature and drama. A time that saw the creation of art and architecture we still strive to equal today.
5th C BC Athenian Art and Architecture: A study of some of the most iconic pieces of artwork in the world today. We examine Athens’ most famous temples such as the Parthenon, built after the Persian Wars to reflect the glory and pride in their culture. Students also examine Greek sculpture and the relationship between Greek ideas and their continual quest for the ideal representation of the human body. The students sit two internal and two external standards.
Classics is a multi-disciplinary subject, bringing the benefits of studying Literature, Philosophy, Art and History all rolled into one course, as well as enriching students’ knowledge of the wider world. It is useful for a wide range of careers from law or psychology to careers in the creative industries, including architecture.
Employers value highly the transferable skills that Classical Studies teaches, such as shaping a logical argument, resolving problems creatively and critically, and writing, thinking and communicating clearly.
Recommended Prior Learning
Level 1 Literacy. No prior study required. However, you may wish to brush up on your knowledge of the Greek gods and mythology. But this is covered in the first lessons.
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.
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