Ancient Israel and the Near East
Walk through the Bronze Age and Iron Age then through to the first Jewish-Roman war. Read up on the history of Biblical archaeology. Dig into Israel's past and discover new ways to understand its social, political and religious development.
Enrolments for this year have closed. Apply for 2021
- 22 Feb 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of the civilisations that emerged in the ancient Near East.
- Illustrate knowledge of historical developments, research principles and discipline specific methodologies relevant to the ancient Near East
- Explain the principles and processes by which archaeological, artistic and textual data from the ancient Near East is analysed, evaluated and interpreted
- Engage with contemporary cultural perspectives and practices and contextualise historical knowledge and issues related to the study of ancient Near Eastern civilisations according to intellectual and/or methodological conventions
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- MUR-BAR100-Academic Learning Skills
- SWI-COM10006-Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit of study provides an introduction to the wide sweep of cultures that have shaped the ancient Near East. Using archaeological, textual and artistic evidence, students will learn about domestication and the development of agriculture, the emergence of the first villages, cities and states, the earliest forms of writing, and how civilisations developed in rich and varied ways across the ancient world. Material is based within a broad chronological framework, beginning in ca. 10.000 BC with the growth of the first farming villages and going on to explore the rise of kingdoms and empires, with particular emphasis made on the cultures that developed in ancient Israel and Iran, until the arrival of Alexander the Great in 323 BC.
- Participation — Online Participation (10%)
- Final Online exam (50%)
- Online Midterm Exam (40%)
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