Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 3 Classical Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr E. Campbell.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Classical Studies, History, English or another Level 2 Social Science course, or by consultation with Mr Campbell. 

This subject explores elements of the ‘Classical World’, that is Greece and the Roman Empire, from about 10,000 BC to the fall of Rome in 475 AD. Such study is important because most of the traditions, languages and culture of the so-called ‘Western World’ (and therefore of New Zealand) are based on the traditions, languages and culture of Classical Greece and Rome. In this course you will study the life and career of one of the greatest figures from the ancient world, Alexander the Great. You will learn about his successes, failures and his remarkable character and frightening ambition. The story of Rome’s mythical beginnings, The Aeneid by Virgil, will also be studied, with a particular focus on the nature of heroism from classical times to the modern era. Learning about the gods and mythology are integral to the study of Classical Studies and this is present throughout the course. 

Four standards are offered in this course. Students are expected to attempt both of the internal standards and either one or two of the external standards.

Learning Areas:

Tikanga ā-iwi - Social Sciences

Career Pathways

Signmaker, Journalist, Communications Professional, Musician, Technical Writer, Editor, Copywriter, Business Analyst, Author, Insurance Adviser, Archivist, Historian, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Tertiary Lecturer