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Classical StudiesHigher(C013 12)

Classical Studies

Course outline

The Higher Classical Studies Course has been designed to articulate with and provide progression from both the Standard Grade Classical Studies Course and the Intermediate 2 Classical Studies Course. The Course aims to provide an opportunity for reinforcing and extending candidates' study of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, without including the study of the Greek or Latin language. The Higher Classical Studies Course also provides those who wish to proceed beyond Higher Classical Studies with a suitable basis for further study. The Course comprises two mandatory Units, as follows:

D079 12 Social Aspects of the Classical World — Evidence Based (H) 2 credits (80 hours)
D080 12 Social Aspects of the Classical World — Text Based (H) 1 credit (40 hours)

 

Social Aspects of the Classical World — Evidence-Based

(80 hours)

Candidates will study either Power and Freedom or Religion and Belief.

Power and Freedom

An evidence-based study of the concepts of power and freedom in Athens in the fifth century BC, and in Rome in the first century BC and the first century AD.

The two main aspects to be studied are:

The best means of approaching this study is by consideration of the following aspects:

Religion and Belief

An evidence-based study of religious beliefs and practices in Athens in the fifth century BC, and Rome in the first century BC and the first century AD.

The two main aspects to be studied are:

The best means of approaching this study is by consideration of the following aspects:

Social Aspects of the Classical World — Text-Based — Classical Drama

(40 hours)

Classical Drama

This Unit is a text-based study consisting of three plays:

Euripides: Medea
Aristophanes: Lysistrata
Sophocles: Antigone

These plays should be studied in English; no particular translations are prescribed.

These plays should be studied for the insights which they offer into the following social issues:

Course assessment

In order to gain an award in the Course, the candidate must pass the internal assessments associated with the component Units. In addition, the candidate must meet the standards targeted by the external assessment instrument.

The external assessment will take the form of an examination question paper (three hours, 100 marks). Candidates will be required to comment with knowledge and insight on a selection of passages relating to either Power and Freedom or Religion and Belief (40 marks) and to answer three essay questions, each worth 20 marks, on Classical Drama and either Power and Freedom or Religion and Belief. One of the essays should be drawn from the text-based study and two from the evidence-based study; some choice will be offered.

View the arrangements Higher Classical Studies

For 2012 and until further notice,the areas prescribed for study will be as follows:


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