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Stage 2 Classical Studies

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Where does it lead?

Classical Studies is a subject for students who have an interest in their cultural heritage and in developing their skills of historical research, social analysis and literary criticism as well as making informed and reasoned judgements about the literature, history and culture of Ancient Greece. This subject is ideal for those students who wish to develop their research and critical thinking skills and, as such, forms a solid foundation for a large range of tertiary courses, particularly the study of classics and archaeology.

What is in the course?

The course involves three topics and a special study. Students will explore:

  • Homer’s the Odyssey
  • Greek Society in the 5th Century BC, essentially a comparison of the culture and politics of Sparta and Athens. 
  • Greek Drama unit involves a study of Sophocles Antigone and Euripides Medea. 

For the special study, students will be expected to develop an argument from any aspect of the Greco-Roman ancient world and write a polished essay.

Students must have the ability to write formal essays in clear prose.


  • School based Assessment
    • Folio Tasks
    • Essay Tests
  • Special Study
  • Examination


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