Classic Civilisation

Classical Civilisation is a new offer for us for 2017 and will only run if there is sufficient interest in the course. Classics is an exciting discipline which covers many aspects of the Ancient (Classical World). It is suitable for students who are interested in the study of the past, including their literature and mythology. Students will study Ancient Rome and Greek Civilisations and the subject links well with English and History. Classics is a highly regarded, academic subject which offers students a unique opportunity to study civilisations that whilst far removed from us in time, have helped to shape our culture, art and society.

Course Outline

The exact structure of the course will be determined by the finalised version of the new specification from the exam board and will reflect teaching expertise, however the following outline gives an indication of the likely content. Unit 1 covers the ‘World of the Hero’ and is a comparison between heroes in two works of Classical Literature, comparing Aeneas from Virgil’s The Aeneid to Homer’s portrayal of Odysseus in either The Odyssey or The Iliad. This is a literature unit and students will need to be able to place these works in context of their societies as well as understand their features as texts. Unit 2 Looks at Culture and the Arts in the Classical World and we will study either Imperial Image (the image of the Roman Emperors) or Greek Art (depending on staffing expertise and availability of resources). Unit 3 looks at Beliefs and Ideas in the Classical World and we will study either Greek Religion or Love and Relationships in the Classical World. Again, final course choice will reflect staffing but both units require an understanding and reading of Classical texts in translation.

Where will this course lead?

Classics is a traditional, academic discipline and is one of the oldest subjects still taught in schools. Students have been studying Classics for centuries and so Classics can offer a sound foundation for a range of university courses and professions, where a traditional academic basis is an advantage. Careers with strong links to Classics include, Archivist, Barrister, Chartered accountant, Civil Servant, Heritage manager, Higher education lecturer, Market researcher, Museum/gallery curator, Newspaper journalist, Public relations, Secondary school teacher and Solicitor and famous Classicists include the author JK Rowling, Musician Chris Martin and politician Boris Johnson!