ANCH112 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern History

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Updated: 02 April 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Megan Daniels (
Unit Description

This unit is an introduction to the history and culture of ancient Egypt (the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms) and the Near East. Utilising both documentary sources of information and archaeological evidence, the unit explores a wide variety of aspects of ancient life in the "Cradle of Civilization": the origins of farming and the growth of towns, cities and empires to religious beliefs, art, literature, law, daily life and political and economic administration. The unit explores the relationships between these societies and connections with neighbouring cultures in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.

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Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate specialised knowledge of the main political and social phenomena of the early civilisations of ancient Egypt and the Near East and their relationship to neighbouring societies;
  2. analyse human behaviour and concerns in a historically different context of these civilisations;
  3. apply critical analysis to ancient evidence, literary, archaeological and artistic, for these civilisations;
  4. produce clear and effective written work;
  5. apply basic research skills to learn about these civilisations; and
  6. demonstrate cogent, logical arguments (including the ability to select and use evidence).