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Interpreting the Ancient World (ANCW30017)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeANCW30017
Semester 2
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Ancient World Studies encourages a broad approach to the interpretation of the past, integrating both texts and material remains to understand past cultures, thinking, and behaviour. These remains consist of fragmentary archaeological remains, including the ordinary debris of daily life, luxury items, art, architecture, and texts. Texts, which are also sometimes fragmentary, include the literary, historical, political, and religious documents of the Classical world and the ancient Near East in translation. This subject will draw on students’ previous academic experience of these diverse categories of data in teaching them appropriate methods and theories drawn from literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, and art history required to promote an integrated and balanced approach to the combined interpretation of textual, symbolic, and archaeological evidence in both historic and in prehistoric periods. Students will also be given practical advice in preparing for the future, whether they are planning a non-academic career, or for honours and post-graduate study.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have a unified knowledge of and experience of classical studies, art, and archaeology;
  • gain knowledge of methods and approaches for studying literary and historical texts, archaeological remains, and ancient art;
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts in studying the past and present;
  • gain a practical foundation in critical thinking, writing, and communication for undertaking employment, research or graduate study pathways;

Last updated: 1 June 2019