RELS384 Religions of the Ancient Near East

Updated: 05 April 2017
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2018
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.

Pre-requisites 12cp in RELS including RELS180 or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST384 or HIST484 or HIST584 or RELS202 or RELS302 or RELS402 or RELS584

offered in odd numbered years

Combined Units RELS584 - Religions of the Ancient Near East
Coordinator(s) Lesley McLean (
Unit Description

This unit deals with the religions of the three major areas of the Ancient Near East: Egypt, Mesopotamia and Canaan/Israel. The practices and beliefs of Egyptians, Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Israelites will be studied through ancient myths, epic poems, and afterlife spells.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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. exhibit broad theoretical knowledge of the major religions of the ancient near east;
  2. demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of primary texts as resources for historical study;
  3. collect, collate, and synthesise evidence from a range of primary texts and secondary sources;
  4. compare and critically evaluate religious beliefs and practices across a range of ancient near eastern societies; and
  5. write analytically and coherently at undergraduate level.