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Ancient Studies Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 2.0 - For teaching in 2022.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Subject description

Subject description

Ancient Studies is a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject at Stage 1 and a 20-credit subject at Stage 2. 

In Ancient Studies, students learn about the history, literature, society, and culture of ancient civilisations, which may include those of Asia–Australia, the Americas, Europe, and Western Asia/North Africa, and the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome. 

In Ancient Studies, students draw on many other fields of study. They consider the environmental, social, economic, religious, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of societies. Students also explore the ideas and innovations that shape and are shaped by societies. 

Students critically engage with texts, including literary texts, and analyse archaeological sources, and primary and secondary historical sources. Students develop the inquiry skills that enable them to challenge or confirm beliefs, attitudes, and values in the ancient world. 

Contemporary societies have a long heritage based on civilisations of the past. The study of ancient cultures, therefore, enables students to explore the universality and diversity of human experience and enhance their own cultural and intercultural understanding.