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Ancient Studies Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 2: Inquiry

Assessment Type 2: Inquiry

Students complete one or two inquiries for a 10-credit subject and between two and four inquiries for a 20-credit subject.

The focus of an inquiry may be chosen by the teacher or negotiated by the student. The inquiry could be an extension of the material covered in class, or a study of an aspect of a different ancient society or culture.

The inquiry must enable students to:

  • investigate an aspect of an ancient society or culture
  • select appropriate sources and evidence by considering their authenticity, relevance, reliability, bias, audience, and context
  • apply inquiry skills to analyse and synthesise evidence
  • argue an informed and persuasive point of view about an idea, innovation, event, person, or aspect of life from the selected society or culture
  • communicate findings in an appropriate form, taking into account the context, purpose, and audience
  • appropriately acknowledge sources.

Students may negotiate with their teacher the form of their inquiry; it may be multimodal, oral, or written.

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.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • research and analysis
  • application.