Subject Information - Classical Studies

National 4/5

Head of Department: Mrs Emma Pearce

Course Progression: Classical Studies

This is the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome without involving the study of the languages. Classical Studies enhances the awareness of social issues in modern society such as the development of attitudes, and of political issues, eg the development of democracy; it contributes to an understanding of the political, historical, social, religious and moral aspects of modern Europe by providing insights into the roots of western civilisation and by encouraging a detailed view of the values of very different societies. 

Classical Studies (S3/S4) National 4/5

All pupils will begin to study for the National 5 qualification, although some pupils may find the demands of National 5 too challenging and therefore, the National 4 qualification may be more suitable. For these pupils there will be an opportunity to transfer to the National 4 course at some point during S3/S4.>

This is not a language based-course and no knowledge of either Latin or Greek is required; the course consists of three elements:

  • A study of life in Classical Greece, with assessment of the value of sources of evidence and a comparison between the ancient Greek and modern worlds.

  • An identification of universal themes and ideas as revealed in ancient literature, with a focus on Homerʼs epic poem The Odyssey.

  • A comparison between ancient Roman and modern worlds, with a focus on archaeological evidence relating to Pompeii.

Pupils will complete an assignment under timed conditions on a topic of their choice. Pupils will research their topic in class and select two pieces of primary evidence related to their topic, which they will be expected to comment on in their writing.

At National 4 level, pupils will choose a classical studies topic or issue for personal study and will present their findings. 

National 5 Classics will also be available as an option for pupils in S5 as a one year course of study.

Higher

Head of Department: Mrs Emma Pearce

Course Progression: Classical Studies

This is the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome without involving the study of the languages. Classical Studies enhances the awareness of social issues in modern society such as the development of attitudes, and of political issues, eg the development of democracy; it contributes to an understanding of the political, historical, social, religious and moral aspects of modern Europe by providing insights into the roots of western civilisation and by encouraging a detailed view of the values of very different societies.

Classical Studies (S5/S6) Higher

Pupils may take up this subject at Higher level without having done the National 5 course. It is also a subject in the Social Studies mode and consists of three units:

Life in Classical Greece (Higher):
In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to evaluate the value and reliability of a range of sources of evidence to draw detailed conclusions about classical Greek society. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of 5th century BCE Athens by selecting from a range of topics such as religion, politics, society, morality or culture, comparing these with the modern world.

Classical Literature (Higher):
In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to analyse classical literature, and draw conclusions about universal ideas, themes or values. Learners will be required to study classical Greek or Roman literature. Through this study learners will gain knowledge and understanding of the universal ideas, themes or values revealed by classical literature which link the classical and modern worlds.

Life in the Roman World (Higher): 
In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to interpret and understand a range of sources, including archaeological evidence, and will draw detailed conclusions about life in the Roman world. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of Rome in the 1st century BCE and the 1st century CE by selecting from a range of topics such as religion, politics, society, morality or culture, comparing these with the modern world.

Pupils also complete an assignment to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of a Classical Studies issue. This is worth a third of the total marks for this module.

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Advanced Higher

Head of Department: Mrs Emma Pearce

Course Progression: Classical Studies

This is the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome without involving the study of the languages. Classical Studies enhances the awareness of social issues in modern society such as the development of attitudes, and of political issues, eg the development of democracy; it contributes to an understanding of the political, historical, social, religious and moral aspects of modern Europe by providing insights into the roots of western civilisation and by encouraging a detailed view of the values of very different societies.

Classical Studies (S6) Advanced Higher

In S6 pupils may progress to Advanced Higher Classical Studies.

This consists of 2 units:
Heroes and Heroism – a text-based exploration of the nature of ancient heroism as depicted in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, Euripides' Trojan Women, and the Heroides of Ovid.
Dissertation – an investigation of a principally social or political topic relating to the classical world, leading to a written report of approximately 4,000 words.

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