ANCH307 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World

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Updated: 15 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 12cp of ANCH or any 24cp including 12cp at 300-level; or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH407 or ANCH507
Notes None
Combined Units ANCH507 - Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
Coordinator(s) Clemens Koehn (
Unit Description

Alexander the Great is one of the most famous rulers in the history of mankind. Although his reign lasted only 13 years, his achievements had immense impact on the ancient world. Following his murdered father as king of Macedonia in 336 BC, he soon started a campaign during which he conquered the biggest empire of that time: the Persian realm spanning from western Anatolia to the borders of the Indian subcontinent. This unit explores the enigmatic person of Alexander, his Macedonian background, his Greek allies and enemies, the Persians and their empire and the famous battles Alexander fought against them. Attention will also be paid to the events after his sudden death in 323 BC culminating in the long struggles between his generals.

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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 broad and coherent understanding of the politics, society and culture of the Hellenistic World;
  2. independently research political and historical theories about the political, military and social policies of Alexander the Great, thereby demonstrating autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility as a learner;
  3. review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge about Alexander the Great and his world from both written and non-written primary and secondary sources;
  4. demonstrate a broad understanding of Alexander's Empire, and reflect critically on his significance and impact in world history;
  5. generate and critically evaluate ideas and concepts about political leadership, governance, society, culture, and history in the Hellenistic World, and especially about the political, social and legal institutions used to establish Alexander's regime; and
  6. construct and communicate a clear, coherent, evidence-based written argument dealing with theoretical propositions and conclusions about Alexander the Great and the Hellenstic World.