Ancient Egyptian Religion - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

This unit was previously known as HST801 Ancient Egyptian Religion.

Ancient Egypt, in particular its religion, has held a special position in the Western cultural tradition since the Renaissance. This unit will open up the fascinating world of religious expression in Ancient Egypt and provide a knowledge and understanding of the subject through the interpretation of religious iconographic and literary evidence. Egyptian Religion will provide the student with a comprehensive overview of religious phenomena in Ancient Egypt. We aim to go beyond the images, iconographic as well as literary, and ritual practices, and seek to understand Egyptian religion as an expression of the ancient Egyptians' attempt to make sense of the world in which they lived and to find answers to the challenges it presented to them. In addition to skills related specifically to the study of ancient Egyptian religion, generic skills in source analysis and interpretation through the study of primary sources, both textual and iconographic, will be developed.

The unit aims at students acquiring the following generic and specialised skills:

  1. the acquisition of a broad generalised knowledge of Egypt's contribution to religious thought
  2. the development of independent and analytical judgment
  3. the identification of sources of information (such as research tools, databases and online resources) and problem-solving skills in dealing with these resources
  4. the ability to assess and prioritise information, to treat different types of discourse and to analyse their aims and functions
  5. familiarity with treating different types of visual, archaeological and textual sources, in order to identify their technical or genre-based aspects, and to extract data from them
  6. advanced written communication skills, with particular emphasis on the ability to discuss complex material in writing, to reflect on research and organise ones ideas and to comprehend alternative views and respond to them profitably; also the ability to construct sustained arguments in writing, supported by clear logic and detailed research
  7. skills in clear presentation of written work and self-organisation and time management, necessary for the successful completion of assignments.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Tutorial Paper — Two Papers at 12.5% Each (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST801 — Ancient Egyptian Religion

Admission to Graduate Certificate of Ancient History

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Ancient Egypt in the western tradition
2Modes of encounter with the divine
3Individual deities
4Divine kingship
5Temples and their priesthoods
6The role of women
7Creation accounts
11Personal piety

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Routledge Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

    By:George Hart

    ISBN: 9780415344951


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  • Conceptions Of God In Ancient Egypt


    ISBN: 9780801483844


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  • Search For God In Ancient Egypt

    By:Jan Assmann & David Lorton

    ISBN: 9780801487293


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