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NSW Syllabuses

Ancient History Stage 6 Course Description

Course No: TBC

2 units for Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC).
Board Developed Course.

Exclusions: Nil

Course Description

The Year 11 course provides students with opportunities to develop and apply their understanding of methods and issues involved in the investigation of the ancient past. Students have the opportunity to engage in the study of a range of features, people, places, events and developments of the ancient world.

The Year 12 course provides students with opportunities to apply their understanding of archaeological and written sources and relevant issues in the investigation of the ancient past. Through a core study, students investigate the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and explore issues relating to reconstruction and conservation of the past. They also study the key features and sources of an ancient society, personality and historical period.

Content

Year 11

The Year 11 course comprises three sections.

  • Investigating Ancient History (60 indicative hours including ‘The Nature of Ancient History’ and ‘Case Studies’)
  • Students undertake at least one option from ‘The Nature of Ancient History’, and at least two case studies.
  • Features of Ancient Societies (40 indicative hours)
  • Students study at least two ancient societies.
  • Historical Investigation (20 indicative hours)

Historical concepts and skills are integrated with the studies undertaken in Year 11.

Year 12

The Year 12 course comprises four sections.

  • Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum (30 indicative hours)
  • One ‘Ancient Societies’ topic (30 indicative hours)
  • One ‘Personalities in their Times’ topic (30 indicative hours)
  • One ‘Historical Periods’ topic (30 indicative hours)

Historical concepts and skills are integrated with the studies undertaken in Year 12.

Course Requirements

Year 11

In the Year 11 course, students undertake at least two case studies.

  • One case study must be from Egypt, Greece, Rome or Celtic Europe, and
  • One case study must be from Australia, Asia, the Near East or the Americas.

Year 12

The course requires study from at least two of the following areas:

  • Egypt
  • Near East
  • China
  • Greece
  • Rome.