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 ALGY377
Coordinator Professor MA Collier
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 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 deepen knowledge of the primary record from pharaonic Egypt;

To develop analytical skills;

To develop communicative writing based on personal understanding;

To broaden understanding of the differences of cultural and behavioural norms of different societies, ancient and modern.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The student will be able to show a broad knowledge of a broad range of data from pharaonic Egypt

(LO2) The student will demonstrate the integration of detail derived from a wide range of primary data into a narrative or argument, both oral and written, and display a clear understanding of the limitations of specific data and the conclusions drawn from it.

(LO3) The student will demonstrate a problem-solving approach in communicating knowledge of data and understanding of methodology in writing.

(LO4) The student will develop an evidence-based picture of the realities of life - physical and social - in pharaonic Egypt, within a wider anthropological and sociological picture of the cultural norms of non-western and ancient societies

(LO5) The student will develop an explicit awareness of the nature of evidence-based research for description and generalisation about pharaonic Egypt

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - creative thinking

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S4) Global citizenship - cultural awareness

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module is taught through weekly classes, one of which is lecture-based in which topics for the week are introduced and discussed in overview. Students are expected to maintain a regular reading program linked to the lecture sessions.

The other weekly class is an interactive seminar session centring on discussion of specific bodies of evidence and subject literature drawing on work prepared by students in advance of the seminar.



Students have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired through the detailed examination and criticism of specific sources. Specific themes for the module include but are not limited to (precise details available on Canvas): Use of primary evidence: documents, literature, and also archaeology, pictures; Deir el Medina as a model village community; farming communities; Social structures: kings, hierarchies, meritocracy and hereditary official classes, class structures, patronage and individuality, slavery; Women, family and kinship; childhood and old age; Markets, money, wealth and inheritance; Education, in practice and as acculturation of the scribal class in function and morality; Law, conflict resolution, interpersonal problems.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Online examination. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    70       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2000 words    30       

Recommended Texts

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