Level 3 Classical Studies Introduction - Visual Classics*

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Are you interested in Classics but haven’t taken it as an option before? This course is for new students to Classics to learn about the debauched lives of the Greek gods, and the trials and tribulations of their imperfect heroes. The purpose of this course is to provide students who are wanting to study Classics at level 3 with a sound introductory knowledge through the analysis of film, literature and art work.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

Develop these skills:Explore this content:
  • Reading and writing - how to plan and write extended essays. Students will read chapters of the Odyssey and examine how the ideas and values of Ancient Greece are evident in the text. All assessments are written and it is strongly recommended that students are confident in their writing. 
  • Religious Studies: Hasidic Judaism and Christianity will be analysed in relation to the questions, where did we come from? What is our purpose? This is in relation to the origin of mankind and students will compare this to evolution.

  • Critical thinking - exploring ideas from ancient society and how these are reflected in modern society.  
  • Greek mythology: You will undertake an in depth examination of Ancient Greek mythology focusing on the creation of the world, the origins of mankind and the famous Olympian gods!
  • 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. 
  • Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece: The ideas of death and the afterlife will be studied in depth as well as myths of the underworld, burial rites and mythological figures of the underworld.

  • 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.
  • Ancient Greek vases: Students will learn about the famous Greek heroes and scenes from the Trojan War that have been depicted on Greek vases. Students will also examine the influence of the myths on art throughout time.

Year Levels/Departments:

Classical Studies, Seniors

Resources Required

1B8 exercise book