Level 3 Classical Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms T. Marshall


Alexander the Great: A controversial figure in his own lifetime, and still today, Alexander is one of the most fascinating individuals to students of history. He had no shortage of writers to commemorate his achievements and few question his military genius. However, historians differ widely on his character and intentions. In this course students develop critical analysis skills in examining a wide range of sources on the life and legacy of Alexander. The topic covers both an internal and external standard.
Classical Art: The Art of the Storyteller. Students examine Greek Mythology through the art of Vase Painting. While mythological stories are exciting and entertaining, there is always a meaningful content – an intellectually stimulating element about human character and the complexities of life. Additionally, Greek art had a great appreciation of aesthetic beauty, including the ideal representation of the human form.
Myth Perennial, Herakles through the Ages: The relationship between Greek culture, Renaissance and today. This internal standard analyses the influences of Greek culture on two other cultures through the depiction of Herakles in art. Students examine art from the Renaissance Period and that produced by Marian Maguire – a NZ artist who uses Herakles to symbolise her interpretation of the European colonisation of New Zealand. Underpinning the whole course is the understanding of Greek ideas and values and the philosophical reasons for the lasting impact of Greek culture.

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

Employers value highly the transferable skills that Classical Studies teaches, such as the skills of critical analysis, shaping a logical argument, resolving problems creatively, and writing, thinking and communicating clearly.

Recommended Prior Learning

Lv 1 Literacy. No prior study in Classical Studies is required.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91395 v2 Classical Studies 3.2 - Analyse the significance of a work(s) of art in the classical world
4r,4w *
A.S. 91396 v2 Classical Studies 3.3 - Analyse the impact of a significant historical figure on the classical world
6r,6w *
A.S. 91397 v2 Classical Studies 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of significant ideology(ies) in the classical world
6r *
A.S. 91398 v2 Classical Studies 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the lasting influences of the classical world on other cultures across time
6r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.


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