Ancient History Capstone - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Project - Publication Project (50%) , Report - Work-in-Progress Report (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 798.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,048.00

This unit was previously known as HST390 Ancient History Capstone.

This unit is specially designed and will be offered in the form of a publication project on a set of approved topics relevant to Ancient History. Students collect, assess, analyse and interpret relevant evidence in the light of current historical thinking. In addition to seminar participation (regular discussion, a bibliographical portfolio, a learning journal, and a brief work-in-progress interview and outline), the unit culminates in a coherent paper, 5000 words in length, which conforms to the standards of research and writing guidelines expected in peer-reviewed scholarly publications in the field of ancient world studies.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of historical processes and fundamental historical developments in the ancient world
  2. understand and apply developed sophisticated research skills
  3. evaluate source material and, in particular, the ability to critically use ancient sources and evaluate modern interpretations of those sources to an advanced level
  4. formulate arguments and articulate ideas to an advanced level
  5. demonstrate a substantial appreciation of the larger issues that engage historians of the ancient world.
  • Project — Publication Project (50%)
  • Report — Work-in-Progress Report (20%)
  • Seminar — Seminar Forum (30%)

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:

  • HST390 — Ancient History Capstone

AHIX399 is a capstone unit that ties all previous Ancient History units together and must be the last unit taken for this field of study.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Aims and methods 1: history and historiography
3Aims and methods 2: language studies
4Aims and methods 3: archaeology
5Aims and methods 4: epigraphy
6Aims and methods 5: numismatics
7WIP: work-in-progress - interviews and outlines
8Key themes 1: social history
9Key themes 2: cultural history
10Career development
12Publication project

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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