Egypt Under the Pharaohs

Subject ANCW20003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 29 hours: 1 x 90 minute lecture per week for 12 weeks and 11 x 1 hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Andrew Jamieson



Subject Overview:

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.

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.

  • 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.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available on line

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient World Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Classical Studies and Archaeology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Classical Studies and Archaeology
Related Breadth Track(s): Ancient Civilizations A
Ancient Egypt and the Near East

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