Teacher In Charge: Mr Bradley Evelyn
“To understand how and why we have reached this point in our civilisation, we need to understand the societies that started it all.”
WHAT IS CLASSICAL STUDIES?
Classical Studies is the study of the people, places and events of the classical world (ancient Greece and Rome) and how they influence the modern world.
As an interdisciplinary subject, students will engage with literature, languages, art, history, politics, science, technology, religion and philosophy.
CLASSICAL STUDIES AT ST CATHERINE’S COLLEGE
Classical Studies is an NCEA accredited subject taught at St Catherine’s College at Level 3 (Year 13).
Three topics are studied with a focus on ancient Greece. These topics will be assessed in the external examination and in the internal research assignment.
The topics are:
- Ancient Greek Vase Paintings
- Comedy of Aristophanes
- Alexander the Great
Classical mythology will be covered throughout the year.
To take Classical Studies, students are required to have:
- 16 credits or more at Level 2 History and/or English and Level 1 Literacy
*Students wishing to do Classical Studies without the above prerequisites must have sought the approval of the TIC of the subject.
Students will be required to do large and detailed research assignments, lots of reading and essay writing. Classical Studies is a highly academic course and students need to be prepared to do a lot of writing, questioning and discussing in class.
STUDENTS TAKING CLASSICAL STUDIES WILL LEARN HOW TO:
- Analyse the influence of classical ideas and values on other cultures
- Think critically about the relationship between ideas and values and the influence they have on other cultures at different points in time
- Select and think critically about primary and secondary sources about the classical world
- Analyse different perspectives on the connections between social, political, artistic and technological aspects of the lives of ancient Greek and Romans.