What is Classical Civilisation?
Classical Civilization is the study of the past through ancient sources. This will focus on developing analytical and evaluative skills. Students choosing to follow the Classical Civilisation course will need to analyse key sources and artefacts from the past to form conclusions. You will need to work independently outside of lessons as well as developing your independent thinking skills throughout the course. You will need to present your conclusions through both structured essay writing and discussion in class. Wider reading around the subject is essential. There is no coursework involved in the assessment for his subject.
What will I study?
AS Unit 1: Homer’s the Odyssey and Society. The principle focus of this unit is on literature, society and values. The unit is also concern with history and archaeology. Students will look at such areas as the role of Gods and the power of fate, the stories of the heroes, morale concepts such as justice and revenge, and how Homer saw the Greek world.
AS Unit 2: Life in a Roman City. This unit focuses on 3 key cities as case studies; Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia. The principle focus of the unit is on the history, society and values however is also concerned with art, archaeology, architecture and literature. There is much visual material to support this unit.
A2 Unit 3: Art and Architecture in the Greek World. The focus of this unit is very much towards the appreciation of Classical art and how it can inform us about societies in the past. Students study a variety of forms and consider the function of the art in Greek society.
A2 Unit 4: Roman Britain, Life in the outpost of the Empire. Students study the Roman presence in Britain and the ways in which Briton’s lives were affected by the Romans. Students study the economy, urbanization, villas, art and much more to develop an understanding of Roman Britain. Visits to significant sites play a part in this unit to help students fully appreciate Britain’s historic landscape.
Where will it lead?
Many Classical/Ancient History students elect to go into higher education and study a variety of subjects at degree level. History in all forms is a very popular degree course, and 94% of graduates gain employment soon after leaving university. The skills developed would prepare students for a range of jobs in many areas, such as Finance, Teaching, Management, Retail, Politics and Law.