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Learning objectives

6-1 | 6-2
7-1 | 7-2
8-1 | 8-2

Learning objective 7-2

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • understand how and why ideas and values of the classical world have influenced other cultures, including New Zealand.


  • Explains the influence of classical ideas and values on other cultures.
  • Draws upon their own experiences to explain reasons for the influence of ideas and values of the classical world on other cultures.
  • Compares and contrasts ideas and values of the classical world and other cultures and explains why these similarities and differences exist.

Concepts addressed in this learning objective

  • Heritage
  • Citizenship and society
  • Culture and identity
  • Empire and power
  • Conflict
  • Art and aesthetics

Key concepts in classical studies

Possible context elaborations

  • Comparison of rites of passage: birth, coming of age, marriage, and death in the classical world vs Māori or Hindu practices: how do we mark and celebrate special occasions?
  • Justice in the Athenian law courts vs the New Zealand jury system: which legal system better serves its citizens?
  • Empire and power, for example, Athenian Golden Age as a model for British cultural imperialism/modern New Zealand society since colonisation: how do minority cultures survive?
  • Social mobility and cultural identity, for example, freed men vs asylum seekers/new immigrants in New Zealand: what challenges do individuals face when they try to improve their lot?
  • Ancient and modern urban design: what makes a city a good place to live?
  • Classical features on modern public buildings and ideals of beauty in classical and later sculpture/Ngā Toi (visual arts): why are modern architects and artists inspired by the ancients?
  • The influence of classical literature and mythology on modern cinema, performance, and literature, for example, aspects of Homer’s Iliad on the film Troy, Herodotus’s The Histories and the film 300: why do the characters and stories of the classical world have ongoing audience appeal?

Possible achievement standards

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resources pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

Learn more:

Classical studies and external qualifications

Level 2 classical studies – NCEA standards

Last updated July 16, 2015