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ATS1323

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 UnitAustralian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Paul Forgasz

Synopsis

This unit spans some two thousand years, from the period Abraham to the beginnings of early Christianity. Whilst the approach is chronological, events will be examined through the lens of various themes which have influenced Jewish civilisation throughout the centuries. For much of the period under study, our only source of information is the Bible. One of the central issues underpinning this unit concerns the extent to which we can rely on the Bible as a source for reconstructing a history of ancient Israel. Thus, whilst seeking to understand the relationship of the biblical writers to their own past, we will also examine the place of the contemporary historian within that relationship.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ancient near eastern setting of the period of Jewish history.
  2. Discuss and analyse the major events, issues and concepts that underpin this course.
  3. Analyse texts and sources relating to the biblical and post biblical period.
  4. Understand the debates concerning the reliability of the Bible as a source of historical reconstruction.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 55%
Exam: 45%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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