What is it and why should I do it?
Classical Studies is for students who want to engage with the intellectual and material culture of ancient Greece. Student classicist will study translations of significant works that have shaped the archaic and classical periods. Students focus on individual works such as: Homer's, Iliad Book 6 and Aeschylus' Agamemnon. Through the comparison of two works (two in Unit 3 and two in Unit 4) students examine the way different writers and artists dealt with the same ideas over time. Students focus on the techniques used to explore ideas and they evaluate the relationship between the works and their socio-historical context.
How much homework/study will I have?
All Unit 3 and 4 subjects require 3-5 hours of study per week.
Most of your homework consists of annotating texts, completing key questions that require you to analyse key ideas and techniques raised in your texts. You will also be required to complete research on each text.
What contributes to my study score?
2 SACs per unit and an end of year exam
Sac 1 – Passage Analysis 12.5% (unit 3)
Sac 2 – Comparative Essay 12.5% (unit 3)
Sac 1 – Passage Analysis 12.5% (unit 4)
Sac 2 – Comparative Essay 12.5% (unit 4)
Exam – 2 hours 50%
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
To pass any VCE unit you need to demonstrate that you have met the Outcomes.
In Classical Studies you meet the outcomes primarily through completion of coursework, participation in class discussion, your results in SACs. In Classics there are the same two outcomes per unit.
Analyse the ideas and techniques of a classical work and discuss the relationship of the work to its socio-historical context.
Compare the ideas and techniques in two classical works and discuss the relationship of these works to their socio-historical context.