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Egypt Under the Pharaohs (ANCW20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeANCW20003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Egyptians are one of the most fascinating peoples of the ancient world. This subject will study the distinctive character of Egyptian civilisation which emerged in the Nile valley during the early third millennium BCE and survived right through until the spread of Christianity. Through a systematic survey spanning the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms students will be introduced to the historical and cultural achievements of dynastic Egypt. Object-based learning is an important focus of this subject. Knowledge acquisition will be reinforced through the study and handling of authentic ancient objects in the classroom. Study of the monuments, reliefs, inscriptions, literature and material remains of the royal rulers of the period covered by the native Egyptian dynasties from about 2950-332 BCE (with the brief interruptions of foreign rule) will provide students with a unique insight into the power and authority of one the ancient world’s most enduring empires.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the literary evidence and material culture of the ancient Egyptian pharaonic civilisation;
  • apply appropriate critical skills and methodologies (including historical, literary and archaeological) to the research and analysis of the ancient Egyptian civilisation;
  • identify and engage critically with primary sources for the interpretation of ancient Egyptian civilisation;
  • identify and engage critically with scholarship in the field of Egyptian archaeology and the ancient pharaonic civilisation;
  • approach all evidence about the ancient Egyptian civilisation with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the interpretation of Egyptian archaeology and the ancient pharaonic civilisation;
  • communicate interpretations of ancient Egyptian texts and artefacts effectively, both orally and in writing.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • a 400 word contribution to an on-line subject blog due in one of 4 weeks during the semester (specific week to be selected by the student from options provided by the coordinator) (10%);
  • an artefact analysis 600 words, due in week 5 (15%);
  • a 2000 word essay due in week 8 (50%);
  • a take-home exam of 1000 words, due in the end of semester examination period (25%)

Hurdle Requirement:

  • This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorBrent Davis
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours29 hours: 1 x 90 minute lecture per week for 12 weeks and 11 x 1 hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019