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ATS1247

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitArchaeology and Ancient History
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc.Prof Colin A. Hope

Notes

Previously coded AAH1010

Synopsis

An introduction to the study of ancient cultures incorporating approaches drawn from archaeology, ancient history and classics, to show how we attempt to understand the ancient past and its relevance to the present. Case studies are drawn from the Mediterranean world, Asia and Australasia reflecting the research expertise of the teaching staff and focus upon the period before 1000 bce. Topics include human evolution; origins of farming; the city states of Iraq and Syria; Egypt, the Minoans and Mycenaeans, and the Indus Valley; the development of writing and the role of myth.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. have acquired a basic knowledge of the major stages in cultural evolution to 1000bce.
  2. have developed an awareness of the different political, social, economic and religious systems of each of the ancient cultures studied.
  3. be aware of the cultural and documentary exchange that operated between various regions and its significance.
  4. be aware of the range of material - monuments, artefacts, texts - available for use in the reconstruction of ancient societies, and their limitations.
  5. understand the different methods employed in reconstructing the past.
  6. demonstrate basic training in the critical appraisal of source material of all kinds.

Assessment

Written work(3150 words): 70%
2-hour exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

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