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Cross-curricular learning and external qualifications

This section suggests ways that senior subjects can work together to create richer learning experiences, based on key concepts and relevant contexts. Learning areas should look beyond achievement standards to the ‘big ideas’ that provide connections for students.

A classical studies programme that involves two or more learning areas allows for students to be assessed against a number of possible achievement standards. This section suggests a variety of outcomes that are based on classical studies learning objectives and could be assessed using achievement standards from other subjects or learning areas. For example, teachers may design a course that provides a combination of classical studies and art history achievement standards. This would extend the range of contexts offered to students and enrich their understandings about the relationship between art, culture, and societal values.

For example:

AS91203 Classical studies 2.4 Examine socio-political life in the classical world; External, 6 credits

might be integrated with assessment for:

  • AS91184 Art history 2.5 Communicate understanding of an art history topic; Internal, 4 credits
  • AS91185 Art history 2.6 Communicate a considered personal response to art works; Internal, 4 credits
  • AS91280 Social studies 2.2 Conduct a reflective social inquiry; Internal, 5 credits.

The context is Roman public and private art and architecture (for example, Pompeii). Students could conduct an evaluated social inquiry on how a Roman community met its responsibilities in providing civic infrastructure (for example, roading and water supply, business centre, places for worship, entertainment venues) for its citizens. Students could then demonstrate understanding of socio-political life in relation to the ways that a small city functioned. This could then lead to an examination of frescoes as an art history topic, with students responding to particular works of art.

For further examples of ways to integrate classical studies with other learning areas, go to ‘Classical studies and other learning areas’ in Connections.

Last updated August 12, 2013