A2 in Classical Civilisation H441

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A2 in Classical Civilisation H441

The study of Classical Civilisation is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in the Classics. In addition the Oxford College course in Classical Civilisation will help you to; gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through the direct study of ancient art and literature. It will also encourage you to develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world. This course gives you the chance to form your own personal responses to the art and literature which you study.  It will help you further and enhance your critical and evaluation skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

This A2 course consists of two units:

  • Unit 3 - F388: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • Unit 4 - F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero

The study of Classical Civilisation is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in the Classics. In addition the Oxford College course in Classical Civilisation will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through the direct study of ancient art and literature.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the art and literature which they study.
  • To further and enhance their critical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good analytical method.

The A2 Units

The principal focus of the A2 units is on the investigation of historical themes through the evaluation and interpretation of original sources in context. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the periods studied. You will have considered the nature of the historical evidence and will be using the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problem of reliability and a selection of original source material in its context.

 This course consists of two units:

  • F388: Art and Architecture in the Greek World
  • F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero

The study of Ancient History is highly respected by Universities who look favourably on applicants who can demonstrate knowledge in this subject. In addition the Oxford College course in Ancient History will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman world through direct study of the original sources.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for the Greek and Roman ancient world.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to the set texts chosen for study.
  • To further and enhance their historical analytical and evaluative skills through critical source examination and understanding of good historical method.


Unit F388: Art and Architecture in the Greek World

In this unit you will investigate and explore the sculpture, architecture and vase painting of the classical Greek world. You will learn about the different styles and orders of sculpture, architecture and painting and develop your understanding about how these artistic styles changed over time.By the end of the unit you will be familiar with a range of free-standing and relief sculpture including works by Praxiteles and Kallimachos. The main architectural orders of temple architecture and how they used to create unique buildings such as the Parthenon, as well vase paintings.

In this unit you will learn to understand and show knowledge of;

  • stylistic features and development of vases, architecture and sculpture
  • the evolution of different kinds of buildings including their purpose
  • architectural innovations
  • the use and development of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders

For this unit you will need access to images of the art and architecture that you are studying You can access most, if not all of the required images online.

There are no set texts for this unit but the exam board recommends access to:

  • Woodford S. An Introduction to Greek Art, 1986, Duckworth.
  • Griffiths Pedley J. Greek Art and Archaeology, 2007, Prentice Hall.
  • Boardman J. Greek Sculpture: the Archaic Period, 1985, Thames and Hudson.

Prescribed material: For further details of the prescribed artefacts of visual culture see the OCR specification;

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Data/publications/key_documents/AS_ALevel_GCE_Classics_Specification.pdf

Unit F390: Virgil and the World of the Hero

This unit builds on the skills that candidates have acquired in AS Unit F382. In this unit you will explore the world of epic poetry. Reading both Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid you will explore the values and societies they represent as well as the literary accomplishments of both.

The unit will also help you to investigate the religion, politics and history as portrayed by the literature. You will discover the similarities and differences between Virgil’s portrayal of the hero and the hero of Homer’s Iliad.

Required texts:

Ancient sources: In order to achieve success in this course, you will need to be able to access the following epic poems;

  • Virgil, Aeneid translated by D West
  • Homer, Iliad translated by M Hammond

All of these texts can be obtained from a variety of sources. Most bookshops stock a wide range of ancient source material and all of these ancient sources can be read in translation online for free online digital libraries such as Perseus Digital Library.

This unit explores the political, social, historical and cultural context of both epics by Virgil and Homer. The materials will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of Virgil’s role in the regime of Augustus and the political and historical background in which the Aeneid was written. 

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

A2 Units F388 and F390

Each unit is worth 25% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE. The papers are each 2 hours and each carry 100 marks.

Section A: commentary question (50 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two, each question having two sub sections.

Section B: essay question (50 marks). Candidates answer one question from a choice of two. This unit is synoptic.

 

What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning. Oxford Learning

 

Course Fee

£215.00

Payment by Instalments

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