Full AS+A2 in Classics

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Full AS+A2 in Classics


This new course aims to provide a rewarding experience for students by retaining the best features of the current OCR specifications of Ancient History and Classical Civilisation.

The Classics pathway allows candidates to study units from the two classical subjects already offered by Oxford College in order to gain GCE Classics. The new AS and A2 units have been designed to include the most popular topics. This mix of subjects is in fact closer to the mix of subjects offered by many University courses. By completing this course a learner will be providing evidence that they have covered a broad and wide-reaching course.

The new course is suitable for those candidates who take AS only, or do not go beyond A2, whilst at the same time laying a sound foundation for those who go on to study the Classics at a higher level.  Students will also have read a range of authors and developed an appreciation of their literary and historical techniques.

Test papers will give candidates the opportunity to demonstrate this appreciation by writing about specific passages from the texts and, in some cases, about the texts as a whole.

The new course will offer a satisfying experience for those candidates
who take only AS or do not go beyond A2, whilst at the same time laying a sound foundation for those who go on to study the Ancient World at a higher level.

Guided Learning Hours

AS GCE Classics requires approximately 180 guided learning hours in total for each pathway.

Advanced GCE Classics requires approximately  360 guided learning hours in total for each pathway.


Key Subject Aims

The aims of these Classics specifications will help you to:

develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the classical world;
acquire, through studying a range of appropriate sources, knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of classical civilisation;
develop awareness of the continuing influence of the classical world on later times and of the similarities and differences between the classical world and later times;
develop and apply analytical and evaluative skills at an appropriate level;
make an informed, personal response to the material studied.

Overview of Content

The course is designed to introduce elements of political history with an understanding of epic literature from the same period. The AS units focus on Greece – The Athenian empire of the 5th century and a study of one of the most famous poems, the Odyssey.

The A2 units focus on Rome. The historical aspect of the course focuses on the Roman Empre from 14AD to 117AD, whilst the literature unit focuses primarily on Virgil’s Aeneid.
 

AS Unit CC2 (Entry Code F382): Homer's Odyssey and Society

The principal focus of this unit is on literature, society and values. The unit is also concerned with history and archaeology.

You will study Homer's Odyssey and cover the following themes;

Literary context
oral tradition;
transmission of the texts, including when the epics were written down;
what their preliterate form was and whether they were composed by one or more poets;
structure of the epic;
narrative techniques, including flashback, retardation, episodes;
the language of epic, including formulae and similes;
presentation of character;
supernatural elements, such as monsters;
realism and fantasy;
disguise and recognition;
nostos.

Social and cultural context
the role of the gods and the power of fate;
the stories of the heroes;
the concept of heroism, including the ideas of honour (timé) and reputation (kleos);
moral concepts, such as justice and revenge;
life and society as portrayed by Homer;
the part played by women in the epics and their position in society;
hospitality and guest friendship (xenia);
the role of slaves;
historical and archaeological background.

This paper has two sections:

Section A: Commentary Questions (55 marks)
You are required to answer one commentary question selected from a choice of two, answering the three sub questions set.

Section B: Essay (45 marks)
You will be required to answer one essay question from a choice of three. Bullet point guidance is provided for the
candidate for each essay question.

50% of the total AS GCE marks (25% for A2)
1.5h written paper
100 marks

AS Unit AH1 (Entry Code F391): Greek History from original sources- option 2 Delian League to Athenian Empire

The principal focus of this unit is the handling of original sources as an historian. As you progress through this unit you will demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of:
the nature of historical evidence;
the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation including the problems of reliability;
a selection of original source material in its context.

They should be able to demonstrate interpretation, analysis and evaluation of the sources in context.

In studying the original sources, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of:
the origins and development of the Delian League;
the growth of Athenian imperialism: rebellions & reactions (Samos, Mytilene, Melos, Sicily);
the results of Empire, both for Athens and her allies, specifically tribute, its organisation and collection; the significance of inscriptional evidence;
methods of control, both military and political;
Athenian and allied views of the Empire; and the importance of Thucydides as a source.

This paper has three options each of which has two sections:

Section A: Commentary Questions (55 marks)
You are required to answer one commentary question selected from a choice of two. Candidates answer the three subquestions set.

Section B: Essay (45 marks)
You are required to answer one essay question from a choice of two. Bullet point guidance is provided for each essay question.

50% of the total AS GCE marks (25% for A2)
1.5h written paper
100 marks

A2 Unit CC10 (Entry Code F390): Virgil and the world of the hero

The principal focus of this unit is on literature, society and values. The unit is also concerned with history, politics and religion.

Alongside this unit you will read the prescribed books selected from Virgil’s Aeneid and Homer’s Iliad.
These books are:
Aeneid: Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12.
Iliad: Books 6, 18, 22 and 24.
Passages for commentary will be taken from these books.

Literary context
Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of the following areas:

the composition of both epics;
plot;
narrative techniques including speeches and repetition;
descriptive techniques including similes and imagery;
characterisation;
themes within the epics including: heroism, honour and reputation, family, women, the role of the gods, the power of fate, the portrayal of war, moral values and the role of Aeneas in Rome’s imperial destiny.
Political, social, historical and cultural context.

Candidates should also show an awareness of:
Virgil’s relationship to the regime of Augustus; the political and historical background in which the Aeneid was written.

Prescribed Material

You may use any complete translation of the texts.
Where a translation is printed on the
question paper it will be taken from:
Virgil, Aeneid translated by D West (Penguin)
Homer, Iliad translated by M Hammond (Penguin).

This paper has two sections:

Section A: Commentary Questions (50 marks)
You are required to answer one commentary question selected from a choice of two. Candidates answer the two commentary sub questions set.

Section B: Essay (50 marks)
Candidates are required to answer one essay question from a choice of two.

Candidates answer two questions.
25% of the total Advanced GCE marks

2h written paper
100 marks - This unit is synoptic.

A2 Unit AH4 (Entry Code F394): Roman History: the use and abuse of power – option 3 Ruling the Roman Empire 14-117AD

The thematic focus of this option is Rome’s relations with the provinces of the empire.

Candidates will be expected to have studied a range of original sources on the following topics,
and to refer to them in supporting their answers:
attitudes to imperial rule in the eastern and western provinces, including active resistance and the maintenance of local or regional identities;
the social and economic effects on provinces of incorporation within the Empire, including the question of ‘Romanisation’;
the differing image of the emperor in the eastern and western provinces, including the imperial cult;
the governance and administration of the Empire including the role of senators, equestrians and the army;
frontier and defensive policies within the Empire.

Exam Paper

Essays (50 marks each)
Candidates are required to answer two essay questions from a choice of four. Candidates answer two essay questions. These must be from one option.
25% of the total Advanced GCE marks
2h written paper 100 marks - This unit is synoptic.

What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 2 years.

Course Fee

£315.00

Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

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.

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