CLS1

NCEA L1 Classical Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms B. Leitupo

The influence of the classical world is everywhere. Whether it be Nike shoes, democracy, the law, language, religion, art and architecture, the Olympics, mythology, comedy and drama… the classics are foundational to western thought and culture.

Classics is the ultimate multi-disciplinary subject. You will learn about art, history, drama, engineering and archaeology. You will be challenged to face the major problems the ancients and moderns have faced: war, politics and religion, resistance to unjust leaders- civil disobedience, hospitality abuse, how to handle grumpy old men and more.

We discuss similarities and differences between Aotearoa and antiquity and gain insight into our own times.

 The way the Greeks and Romans responded to the major concerns of their day “challenge, inspire and resonate with us now.”

The topics we study at Year 11 focus around a study of Ancient Greece in particular:

Greek Mythology- The creation stories and the roles and responsibilities of the 12 Olympian gods. We also consider some mythological stories relating to social conventions- Hercules, Arachne and more.  Within our study we also consider similarities and differences with Maori and Pasifica mythologies. The artwork below by former student, Keelin Bell, gives a contemporary take on the story of Icarus.


Oedipus Rex - Though the eyes of Sophocles the playwright, we delve into the ideas and values of the classical world through the tragic play 'Oedipus Rex'. Through the eyes of Oedipus, we explore the importance of leadership and the threads of fate and the power the gods have over society.



Epic Poem Vs Epic Movie - We set sail and take on the adventure with Odysseus through Homer's Epic Poem 'The Odyssey' We sail on the dark wine sea to try and find out way home back to Ithaca as we explore the importance of storytelling in the classical world. We delve deeper into the influence this 7th century poem has on the modern adaptation of the Percy Jackson Series. 


Greek Vases- We explore art through 16 Greek Vases, which depict famous mythological stories and scenes of everyday life in Ancient Greece. We look at how art evolves during this classical period and the development of art techniques that help establish the Ancient Greek art scene. 



Course Overview

Term 1
Greek Mythology - What are myths and what purpose do they have? How did the world come into being according to the Greeks? What were the roles and responsibilities of the Olympian gods? What are some similarities and differences between Greek and Maori mythologies?
Internal assessments : Zeus, the Olympians and other lesser deities. This is an internal assessment topic.

Sophocles' 'Oedipus Rex' Reading and listening to the poem. Looking particularly at themes and messages for the Greek audience. We also consider literary devices and techniques used by Sophocles

Term 2
Oedipus Rex continues...

Epic Poem Vs Epic Movie.: Reading of 'The odyssey' Looking particularly at themes and messages for the Greek audience. We also consider literary devices and techniques used by Homer. Watching of the Percy Jackson series. This is an internal assessment topic.

Term 3
Greek Vases- We look at the development of art during 5th century BC, exploring the three main vase techniques, as well as looking specifically at 16 vases, each with their own techniques and stories.

Term 4
Preparation for the external exams

Pathway

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91021 v2
NZQA Info
Classical Studies 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of ideas and values of the classical world
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91022 v2
NZQA Info
Classical Studies 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of the significance of features of work(s) of art in the classical world
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91024 v2
NZQA Info
Classical Studies 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of social relationships in the classical world
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91025 v2
NZQA Info
Classical Studies 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of links between aspects of the classical world and another culture
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 20
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0