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Ancient Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 2.0 - For teaching in 2022.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2018.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 2: Connections

Assessment Type 2: Connections (20%)

Students produce at least two connections tasks, which together comprise a maximum of 2000 words, or equivalent in oral or multimodal form. This assessment type has a focus on researching and making connections in one or more of the following contexts:

  • between different ancient societies
  • between an ancient society and a contemporary society
  • between an ancient society and another society
  • within an ancient society.

At least one connections task should focus on the ideas and innovations that emerged from the ancient world and include consideration of their influence.

A connections task could include, for example:

  • an interpretation of how the artwork on pottery represents social roles and responsibilities in different societies
  • a comparison of the forms and purposes of gardens in Babylon and Rome
  • a comparison of approaches to the conservation and/or preservation of two ancient sites
  • a comparison of the themes of Roman and Chinese poetry
  • research into the significance of ancient sites to contemporary communities
  • research into the influence of one or more classical works on a 19th-century poet
  • a multimedia presentation discussing how classical myths and legends have influenced or are represented in one contemporary film
  • a report on an architectural field trip analysing how contemporary buildings have been influenced by ancient civilisations
  • a comparison of the roles and responsibilities of slaves in two different societies.

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.