Classical Studies (History)

2AHISY

In this subject students learn about the history, literature, society and culture of the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome

About the subject

Students draw on many fields of study including architecture, politics, religion and geography. Students consider the environmental, social, economic, religious, cultural, and aesthetic factors that shape societies and provide personal and shared identity.

Course content

Stage 2 Classical Studies consists of the following sections:

  • Section A: Literature
  • Section B: Society, Culture, and History
  • Section C: Special Study

Students study three topics from Sections A and B. At least one topic must be taken from Section A and at least one topic must be taken from Section B. The remaining topic may be taken from either Section A or Section B. The research essay in Section C is to be developed using the guidelines stated in the assessment section.

Section A: Literature

Students undertake a focus study of at least one of the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Greek Epic
  • Topic 2: Greek Drama
  • Topic 3: Roman Poetry.

Section B: Society, Culture, and History

Students undertake a focus study of at least one of the following topics:

  • Topic 4: Greek Society, Fifth Century BC
  • Topic 5: Greek History, 500–479 BC
  • Topic 6: Roman History, 70–28 BC
  • Topic 7: Greek Religion
  • Topic 8: Greek and Roman Material Culture, Seventh Century BC to Second Century AD.

Section C: Special Study

Students undertake a research essay in an area of specialty or interest.

Assessment

Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Folio30%
Essays40%
External Assessment 
Special Study30%

Information on the External Assessment - Special Study

Students undertake a written essay of a maximum of 2000 words. Students propose and develop a point of view about an issue. The special study must not concentrate solely on a focus study already undertaken in Section A or B.

The special study is double graded, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the investigation with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Ancient and Classical Studies Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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