The Art and Archaeology of Coptic Monasticism - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Paper (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

This unit was previously known as AHIX855 Introduction to Coptic Art & Archaeology.

Coptic Art and Archaeology will give students a comprehensive overview of the colourful art and architecture of the 'other' Egypt, Egypt after the Pharaohs, and will study the most important archaeological sites from the Christian period of Egypt. Topics studied will include church architecture, the archaeology of towns, villages, monasteries and cemeteries, painting, sculpture and objects of daily life. Coptic Art and Archaeology will give students a comprehensive overview of the history of Coptic art and architecture and the most important archaeological sites from the Christian period of Egypt. At the same time, it will present some of the major sources we have for this topic and look at the immense bibliography available. It will teach students to see these sources within their historical and archaeological context, to understand the characteristics of their particular type or genre and to evaluate the historical information gathered from them.

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

  1. the acquisition of a broad generalised knowledge of Egypt's place in the art history and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world, its most important archaeological sites and the genres of artefacts found there
  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 one's 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 (50%)
  • Paper (15%)
  • Participation (20%)
  • Research Paper (15%)

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:

  • HST802 — Introduction to Coptic Art & Archaeology

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.

1General introduction to post-Pharaonic Egypt
2History of research, architecture: construction materials and elements
3Church, monastic and settlement archaeology
4The archaeology of pilgrimage
5Coptic sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles and minor arts

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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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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