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This subject is designed to give students an understanding and knowledge of the variability of past civilisations by comparing their accomplishments and inner structures. Using a combination of texts and archaeology, it will compare the life cycle (rise and fall) of Egyptian, Near Eastern and Persian civilisations. Students will examine cultural elements such as belief systems, daily routines, gender roles, power and authority, which will provide an insight into the distinctive worldviews that shaped each civilization. Material culture, historical documents, language and literature, will be combined to address major issues such as the social evolution of complex societies and their eventual collapse, themes which resonate in the contemporary world.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- possess a knowledge of the social, political and cultural development of the ancient civilisations of Egypt and the Near East;
- have developed a knowledge of textual and archaeological methods to study processes of cultural change and interaction;
- demonstrate high-level skills in critical thinking and analysis;
- demonstrate effective communication skills, both in written work and in the classroom;
- demonstrate a deep understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts.
Last updated: 1 March 2024