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Advanced Higher Classics

COURSE OUTLINE

 There are two units of study: Heroes and Heroism (80 hours) and Dissertation (40 hours)

Heroes and Heroism
The texts studied are:
Homer, Iliad, Books 1, 6, 22, 24
Homer, Odyssey, Books 1, 5, 6, 22
Euripides, Trojan Women
Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1, 2, 4, 12
Ovid, Heroides, 1, 3, 7
Dissertation

A 4,000 word research project on a social or political aspect of the classical world.

METHODOLOGY 

The emphasis is on acquiring skills:

  • close reading and analysis
  • a critical approach to reading
  • written communication skills
  • independent research and presentation skills

 Such skills are invaluable for higher education and employment.

  

HOMEWORK

 Various tasks are set on a regular basis: 

  • analysis of the prescribed texts
  • answering short questions
  • writing extended essays
  • planning and writing drafts of dissertation

  

ASSESSMENT

 External

One exam paper, 3 hours, worth 200 marks.

Students must answer four questions on extracts from the prescribed texts and answer two essay questions from a choice of four titles. They must also submit a 4,000 word dissertation (100 marks).

 Internal

There is one 90 minute end of unit assessment (60 marks).

Students must answer four questions on extracts from the prescribed texts.

Plan of dissertation, list of sources and draft of dissertation must also be submitted.

 

CAREERS INFORMATION

 The course provides a point of departure for other work, for example: comparative literary studies, classical languages, archaeology, medieval studies, modern languages and European studies.