Subject Details - Stage 1 Ancient and Classical Studies - Classical Civilizations

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SACE StageSACE Stage 1
SACE Credits10 credits
Curriculum AreaHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Length1 semester
Contact PersonMr. Mathew Mason
DescriptionStage 1 Ancient Studies can be studied as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject. For a 10-credit subject, students study at least two ancient societies or cultures. Students will learn about the history, literature, society and culture of ancient civilisations, which may include Asia–Australia, the Americas, Europe and Western Asia, and the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome. Students draw on many other fields of study including architecture, politics, religion and geography. The study of Ancient Studies and Classical Studies enables students to consider environmental, social, economic, religious, cultural, and aesthetic factors that shape societies and provide personal and shared identity.
Topics: This subject has one compulsory topic and five additional topics.
Compulsory Topic
• Topic 1: Understanding Ancient History.
This topic will allow students to build their academic application of historical skills.
Students will also study Topic 3: Warfare and Conquest from the SACE curriculum, focussing on the Roman and Celtic clashes in Britain. In this subject, students will identify and explore the political, economic, and social impact of warfare, conquest, and the military. They consider one or more military encounters in the ancient world, including the composition and role of armies and navies, changes in weaponry and military tactics, the life of soldiers and their training, and the conditions of service. Studies could include examining how ancient strategies are reflected in modern military strategy and the influence of ancient warfare on contemporary popular culture.
Students will study Topic 5: Beliefs, Rituals, and Mythology where they will study the influence and significance of beliefs and rituals within ancient societies, such as those about death and afterlife concepts and funerary practices, including burial sites and forms of burial. They explore ceremonies and their relationship to religious beliefs and social status, and the influence of beliefs, rituals, and mythology on contemporary popular culture. This will include a focus on Ancient Greece.
TopicsThis subject has one compulsory topic and five additional topics.
Compulsory Topic
• Topic 1: Understanding Ancient History.

This topic will allow students to build their academic application of historical skills.

Students will also study Topic 3: Warfare and Conquest from the SACE curriculum, focussing on the Roman and Celtic clashes in Britain. In this subject, students will identify and explore the political, economic, and social impact of warfare, conquest, and the military. They consider one or more military encounters in the ancient world, including the composition and role of armies and navies, changes in weaponry and military tactics, the life of soldiers and their training, and the conditions of service. Studies could include examining how ancient strategies are reflected in modern military strategy and the influence of ancient warfare on contemporary popular culture.

Students will study Topic 5: Beliefs, Rituals, and Mythology where they will study the influence and significance of beliefs and rituals within ancient societies, such as those about death and afterlife concepts and funerary practices, including burial sites and forms of burial. They explore ceremonies and their relationship to religious beliefs and social status, and the influence of beliefs, rituals, and mythology on contemporary popular culture. This will include a focus on Ancient Greece.
AssessmentAssessment at Stage 1 is school based and includes two types of assessment:
• Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications
• Assessment Type 2: Inquiry.
For a 10-credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through four assessments, with at least two skills and applications tasks and at least one inquiry. Each assessment type should have a weighting of at least 20%.
Skills and applications tasks include a range of assessments. An individual or group task could include, for example:
• a narrative
• an analytical report on a visit to an archaeological site
• a critical review of historical fiction or a documentary film
• a script for a radio program (spoken or written)
• a multimedia presentation
• a scripted role-play
• an interview with a historical figure
• a debate
• an essay
• a virtual or constructed archaeological dig
• an analysis of a contemporary representation
• a source analysis using a variety of primary and secondary sources, which could include literature, pottery, inscriptions, architecture, painting, sculpture, archeological sites, or documents.
A skills and applications task should be a maximum of 800 words if written or a maximum of 5 minutes for an oral presentation, or the equivalent in multimodal form.
The inquiry task will enable students to select a topic of interest to them and design their own research topic. An inquiry should be a maximum of 1000 words if written or a maximum of 6 minutes for oral presentation, or the equivalent in multimodal form.
Relationship To Further StudyStage 2 Classical Studies
Stage 2 Modern History
Stage 2 Society and Culture
Bachelor of Arts
PrerequisitesStudents wishing to study Ancient and Classical Studies will require strong literacy skills, as evident in either the successful completion of English or Year 10 History - to a C+ standard at least.
CostsExcursions