Archaeology and the Early History of Israel - 2012

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2012: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 795.00
HECS 706.00
International 1,020.00

PLEASE NOTE: This unit is no longer offered in SP4, 2012.

Delve into the traditions, myths and history of early Israel, a land situated in the bridge between the great empires of Egypt, Assyria and Babylon. Explore what the Bible has to say about these ancient peoples and the light that can be shed on it by both archaeological evidence and modern critical study. Learn how the Hebrews interpreted their present by a re-narration of their past and how they came to situate and differentiate themselves theologically from the peoples that surrounded them. Developing your skills in a close reading and critical analysis of the text, you will be studying early Israel and Judah from the foundation of the nation through the period of the monarchy, to the catastrophic events of the early sixth century BCE.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. the capacity for independent thought and judgment
  2. advanced communications skills, including the ability to present sustained, cogent and persuasive arguments
  3. analytical ability, and the capacity to evaluate and solve problems
  4. a capacity to analyse and critically examine a range of discourse types
  5. the ability to absorb the intellectual and imaginative concepts of others, and to communicate the resultant synthesis
  6. the ability to work cooperatively with others through the presentation of ideas and negotiation of solutions, and to respect others' reasoned views
  7. the ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives
  8. a critical understanding of a culture and practices other than one's own
  9. developed of intercultural awareness and an appropriate outlook for working in multicultural environments
  10. library and bibliographic research skills.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Tutorial Paper — 5 x short papers @ 8% each (40%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Abraham to Joseph
5Samuel and Saul (1025-1005 BCE)
6David (1005-970 BCE)
7Solomon (970-931 BCE) and the Divided Kingdoms (931-884 BCE)
8Omride Dynasty (884-842 BCE)
9Jehu Dynasty (842-747 BCE)
10Assyria and the End of Israel (747-722 BCE)
11Judah from Ahaz to Amon (743-640 BCE)
12Josiah to the Fall of Judah (639-586 BCE)
13The Book of the Law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

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.

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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