Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code ALGY109
Coordinator Dr S Zago
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Additional Programme Information



To provide students with an overview of Ancient Egyptian culture from prehistory to AD 395;

To develop students' understanding of the environment and geography of Ancient Egypt, the fundamentals of the chronology of Ancient Egypt (including the limitations of available evidence); and to provide students with an awareness of how major archaeological sites and other forms of primary evidence fit within this framework.

The emphasis will be on the use of primary data (archaeological, visual and textual) to gain a better understanding of basic features of the chronological development of Ancient Egypt.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain a broad understanding of Ancient Egyptian history

(LO2) Students will develop their critical skills in working with primary and secondary sources (including standard textbooks) for the understanding of Ancient Egypt.

(LO3) Students will develop through study and their written work the critical techniques of evidence-based argument into creation of in creating synthetic contextualised discussions of Ancient Egypt that focus on communicating an independent understanding of the limits of our knowledge.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S3) Information skills - information accessing: locating relevant information, identifying and evaluating information sources.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching is lecture based, with a programme outlining the key periods, themes and issues covered in the module. Students will be provided with specific reading tasks in preparation for many of the classes in order to familiarise themselves with the data and develop a critical awareness of modern scholarship. These reading tasks will be posted on Canvas in advance of lectures where necessary. Similarly, relevant reading will be posted on Canvas for use after lectures, allowing students to revise the content.

There are three tutorial cycles in which students will be expected to prepare their own evidence-based arguments for the particular case studies under discussion as well as to gain experience in the production of written University-level work. The tutorials will provide an opportunity to explore certain issues in greater depth and to discuss these within the context of a peer group. Once again, preparatory material will be made available on Ca nvas.

Library research training:
Three sessions on the finding, evaluation and ethical use of sources provided by library staff.



The topics covered may include (specific details provided on Canvas):

Introductory Study Skills session;

The environment of ancient Egypt;

Chronological sources for Egyptian History: Manetho and Dynasties, kinglists;

Predynastic Egypt;

The Old Kingdom: Capital and regions;

The Old Kingdom: State and society;

The end of the Old Kingdom;

The First Intermediate Period: Ankhtify, Asyut and Mentuhotep;

The Middle Kingdom: Capital and regions;

The Middle Kingdom: Illahun;

Second Intermediate Period;

The earlier New Kingdom: Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt;

Amarna and the Amarna Age;

The later New Kingdom (early Ramessides);

The later New Kingdom (later Ramessides);

The Third Intermediate Period: Tanis and the Delta;

Collapse and recovery: Libyans, Nubians, and Saites;

Egypt under foreign domination: Persians and Greeks;

Egypt as part of the Roman empire.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 122


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Online exam. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Coursework There will be a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  -2000 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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