VCE | Classical Studies

 
 
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Classical Studies | Unit 1

OVERVIEW

What is a hero? What is beauty? What makes a leader? What is the nature of war? This unit explores these questions the Greeks had about their world through the fascinating study of myths and legends and the heroic and sometimes infamous deeds of figures such as Achilles, Helen, Hector and Andromache.

While learning about archaeological methods, students conduct research, questioning whether legends such as Homer’s Iliad were based on any historical truth. Students also study works such as pottery and dramatic plays, as myths and legends were transmitted this way.

VCAA Classical Studies Study Design

UNIT PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Gods, heroes and monsters

  • Myths and archaeology

  • Myths in classical cultures

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Assessment includes:

  • Analysis of selected passages from the texts studied

  • Tests

  • Exam

 
 

 
 
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Classical Studies | Unit 2

OVERVIEW

This unit examines classical works across time, beginning with the study of ancient Greek society through an exploration of intellectual and material culture. Students work with translations rather than with the Ancient Greek. Classical works offer a means of exploring social and political life in classical antiquity.

What does Homer reveal about the heroic code? How does Thucydides portray Athens during the Peloponnesian War? Students analyse and compare the ways in which classical writers and artists use similar and different techniques within a classical work.

VCAA Classical Studies Study Design

UNIT PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Society through culture

  • Classics through time

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Assessment includes:

  • Analysis of selected passages from the texts studied

  • Tests

  • Exam


 
 

 
 
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Classical Studies | Units 3+4

OVERVIEW


Unit 3 Classical Studies examines the cultural legacy of ancient Greece through the study sections of Homer's epic poems ‘The Iliad’, ‘The Odyssey' and Sophocles' tragic play 'Ajax', to consider the the ways in which ideas and societies changed over the course of time.

In Unit 4 Classical Studies we explore the dynamic and changing world of the Ancient Athenians of the fifth century (BCE) through the study of the tragic play 'The Persians' by the father of Greek drama, Aeschylus, and the first 'Histories' of our era by Herodotus and Thucydides.

We investigate how the ideas and values of this society evolved through challenges by individuals such as historians, dramatists and politicians, and examine how ideas such as the role of the gods and the concept of fate and destiny, influenced this period.

VCAA Classical Studies Study Design

PREREQUISITES
Studying at least one semester of Classical in either Unit 1 or Unit 2 is advantageous.


 

AREAS OF STUDY

  1. Individual text Study

  2. Comparative text Study

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (SACs)

  • 25% | Unit 4 school assessed coursework (SACs)

  • 25% | Units 3 & 4 examination 50%

PATHWAYS

Classics graduates enter the jobs market with specific, practical, intellectual and theoretical skills which can lead to employment in a wide range of industries such as those that use historical knowledge, such as museum education, archivist or conservation officer, to those that require highly developed skills in writing, such as advertising, editorial work or public relations.

The ability to research and analyse materials, and to critically evaluate resources in order to formulate complex arguments, is a useful skill across many fields.