Year 11 Classical Studies - Ancient Mythologies

Course Description

Ancient mythologies provide a critical insight into myths from Greek, Norse and Māori mythology. This course encourages students to reflect on social norms, question social behaviour, work individually and collaboratively and develop their reading and writing skills to communicate their learning. This course can be taken on its own or in conjunction with Love, Revenge and Murder (11CLAL).

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Reading and writing - how to plan and write extended essays. All assessments are written and it is strongly recommended that students are confident in their writing. 
  • Creation mythology - students explore how Ancient Greek, Egpytian, Norse/Viking and Maori people made sense of the world around them in their creation of the world and origin of mankind mythology. This introduces students to a wide pantheon of gods across multiple mythologies and to classic ideas. 
  • Critical thinking - exploring ideas from ancient society and how these are reflected in modern society.  
  • Heroes - Students will learn about the epic 10 year long battle between the Greeks and the Trojans over the most beautiful woman in the world. The heroes from the Trojan war such as Achilles and Patroclus will also be studied. Heroes from Norse/Viking culture such as Thor and Maui will be compared. 
  • Communication skills - contributing to group and class discussions. Classics is a discussion based subject and students will learn through class and group discussions to develop their critical thinking of the content. Written communication is also important for success in this subject. 
  • Ragnarok - Students will watch Thor Ragnarok and compare this to the end of world prophecy from Norse mythology Ragnarok. This theory will also be compared to modern doomsday prophecies. 

  • Research Skills - how to research credible information and integrate this into your written work. This is important for the assessments as well as class work. 

Resources Required

1B8 exercise book
Glue stick