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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V410
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

Single Honours (100%) students will be introduced to the language (writing, grammar and texts) and to the the archaeology, history and culture of Ancient Egypt.

Six core Egyptology modules

Up to two optional modules outside of Egyptology

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Ancient Egypt I (ALGY109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    ALGY 109 is a Level 1 module aiming to provide students with an overview of Ancient Egyptian culture from prehistory to AD 395 and the development of 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 a good 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

    Students will gain a broad understanding of Ancient Egyptian history

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

    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.​

  • Introduction to Ancient Egypt II (ALGY116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    ALGY 116 is designed as a Level 1 module which aims to provide students with an overview of Ancient Egyptian culture. In particular it has as its core aim the development of students'' understanding of the broader thematic aspects of Egyptian society, such as writing, religion, art and social structure.  The emphasis will be on the use of primary data (written and material culture), and on awareness of how major archaeological sites fit within this framework

     

    Learning OutcomesStudents will gain a broad understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture.

    ​Students will develop their critical skills in primary and secondary souces (including standard textbooks) for teh understanding of Ancient Egypt)

    ​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

  • Introduction to Middle Egyptian II (ALGY123)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1.  Consolidation of formal linguistic understanding of Middle Egyptian.

    2. ​Extend vocabulary and complete range of verbal-tenses in reading.

    3. ​Gain initial familiarity with the form and content of Egyptian texts by reading in the original

    4. ​Increase self-confidence and analytical methodology through practice in translation and the explicit description of the hieroglyphic language in the original

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will have acquired a core vocabulary and knowledge of the full range of standard grammatical constructions for Middle Egyptian

     

    ​Students will be able to present accurate transliterations and translations of basic Middle Egyptian into English

    ​Students will have established a basic methodology for reading and commenting in Middle Egyptian texts in the original

    ​Students will have developed a core referencing skill in the use of standard dictionary, grammar and sign-list for use in reading original hieroglyphic texts

  • Ancient Egyptian Written Culture (ALGY125)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    1. ​To provide an introduction to the range of written sources surviving from Ancient Egypt (to be mainly studied in English translation) and their use as primary textual sources for the understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture and society.

    2. To cultivate a critical attitude to the problems of interpretation posed by studying the fragmentary textual remains of a dead society.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will be able to develop their understanding of the range of Egyptian written sources.

    S​tudents will be able to begin to critique current Egyptological uses and interpretations of Egyptian uses of writing.

  • Ancient Egyptian Material Culture (ALGY126)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • This module aims to provide 1st year undergraduates with an understanding of the material culture of pharaonic Egypt. The emphasis will be on the use of primary data (archaeological, visual and textual). Each set of materials or artefacts will be introduced by a lecture, providing students with an evidence-based overview. 

  • ​Practical museum classes will use objects in the Garstang Museum to allow students to identify specific materials, craft techniques and artefact types.

  • Learning Outcomes

    The module is designed to provide experience of a wide range of Egyptian materials and technology, using data from archaeological science, ethnoarchaeology, textual sources and visual images.

    The module will improve students'' knowledge of the essential materials and practical activities that form the basis of Egyptian material culture​

    The module will advance information literacy in the use of the library, bibliographic sources, online bibliographies and other relevant internet resources ​

  • Introduction to Middle Egyptian I (ALGY128)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To facilitate the progressive acquisition of key skills and knowledge for the understanding of the hieroglyphic script and the core elements of the Ancient Egyptian language (in its classic phase, Middle Egyptian).

    2. To enable students to study selected original inscriptions and text-passages within the module used throughout the module as teaching examples, in formative and summative assessment, and in tutorial work.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, students will have come to understand the principles of reading Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in original Ancient Egyptian inscriptions and texts.

    ​By the end of the module, students will have developed, applied and demonstrated the key kills and acquired knowledge of the core elements of the Ancient Egyptian language (the core grammar of Middle Egyptian), focusing particularly on the tense and mood system and on clause combination in connected text.

Programme Year Two

You progress to study the language and texts of all periods (including Coptic), as well as Egyptian art, religion, history, and society.

Students take eight core modules.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Sacred Landscape in Ancient Egypt (ALGY244)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims
    • ALGY 244 is designed to explore themes of how the ancient Egyptians viewed the world around them.
    • ​To look at the ways in which the Egyptians saw the presence and operation of the divine within the natural environment, and how they built structures (especially temples and tombs) which allowed contact between the living and other spiritual entities (the gods, the dead).
    • To emphasise especially the ways in which the Egyptians intergrated notions of ''sacred landscape'' into their everyday lives.

       

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will gain a deep understanding of the complexities of sacred landscapes in ancient Egypt through a comprehensive approach to the material as presented by the Module Tutor and through their directed reading.

      ​By examining significant case studies of individual sacred landscapes students will derive a broader understanding of the issues involved than by concentrating on broader bodies of data alone.

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the interelationships between the natural environment, royal monuments, private monuments and, most importantly, the way the natural and built environment actually used, and the way that use changed, over a significant period of time.

    1. Writing Ancient Egyptian History (ALGY247)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    2. To encourage collation and analysis of primary data (textual and archaeological) in order to build an evidence based picture of a particular historical issue.

    3. ​To consolidate knowledge of, and deepen understanding of, key Ancient Egyptian historical episodes.

    4. ​To increase self-confidence and analytical methodology through group activity and discussion during seminars.

    5. Learning Outcomes

      Students will understand how to collect key data for reconstruction of historical episodes

      Students will be able to use appropriate methodologies to combine and analyse different types of data, and acknowledge the limitations of that data. Through this, students will sharpen interpretative skills 

      ​Students will have developed their ability to read critically (particularly in reading modern histories of Ancient Egypt) and to treat the available evidence sensibly

      The module also advances information literacy through use of library facilities, bibliographic sources, online bibliographies and other relevant internet resources

      ​For students who took the departmental Field School, or are gaining practical experience by museum placement, they will reflect on their experience and consider how it affects our understanding of Egyptian history. 

      ​ Students will gain an understanding of the nature and limitations of archaeological evidence.

    6. Middle Egyptian Texts I (ALGY251)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      1. ALGY 251 is designed to promote the acquisition of key skills for the understanding of the Ancient Egyptian language at intermediate level and also key skills for interpreting and understanding Ancient Egyptian texts.
      2. To emphasise the use of original Ancient Egyptian writings as sources for the study of Ancient Egypt, and on developing an appreciation of these texts in their social, historical and cultural context.
      3. To help students to prepare and present a hieroglyphic text in standard transliteration and translation, and to identify appropriate forms of commentary (literary and linguistic) on such a text. Students will also develop independent use of standard reference works.​
      Learning OutcomesA broader vocabulary and fluency in the reading and analysis of standard text types written in Middle Egyptian  

      ​An increase in fluency and accuracy in translation into English

      An increased sophistication in the explicit discussion of the linguistic, cultural and historical interpretation of hieroglyphic texts

      ​Development throughpractice of a capacity to read a text closely, and to assess this documentcritically against comparable or relevant material

      ​Development of an explicit awareness of how hieroglyphic texts prove the key evidence for writing the culture and history of pharaonic Egypt, and the methodology of text-based research

    7. Middle Egyptian Texts II (ALGY252)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
    8. To continue development of linguistic competence, following from the pre-requisite modules

       

    9. ​To increase fluency and independence in reading standard hieroglyphic texts, and facility in the use of standard reference works

    10. ​To increase sophistication in the presentation of linguistic and philological commentary on ancient texts

    11. ​To increase sophistication in the use of texts (literary, religious, historical and documentary) as the sources for understanding their social, cultural and historical context

    12. ​To provide a foundation in the understanding of the use of textual sources for research agenda

    13. Learning Outcomes

      A broader vocabulary and fluency in the reading and analysis of standard text types written in Middle Egyptian

      ​An increase in fluency and accuracy in translation into English

      ​An increased sophistication in the explicit discussion of the linguistic, cultural and historical interpretation of hieroglyphic texts

      ​Development through practice of a capacity to read a text closely, and to assess this document critically against comparable or relevant material

      ​Development of an explicit awareness of how hieroglyphic texts prove the key evidence for writing the culture and history of pharaonic Egypt, and the methodology of text-based research

    14. Coptic Language and Texts (ALGY253)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      1. To introduce students to Coptic, the last phase of the Ancient Egyptian language and the only one to be recorded in an alphabetic script showing vowels.

      2. To promote the acquisition of key skills for the understanding of the Coptic language and for the interpretation and understanding of Coptic texts and to promote awareness and understanding of early Coptic Egypt (Late Roman/Byzantine Egypt).

      3. To develop an awareness of the continuity of the Egyptian language, from hieroglyphs into Coptic

      Learning Outcomes

      Key skills and knowledge in the basic grammar of the Coptic language, particularly the tense system composed of three-part tenses (tense prefix, subject, verb) and two-part tenses, as well as clause construction and linkage through a progressive programme of assessed exercises.

      ​Key skills and knowledge in the reading of short Coptic texts (chiefly from the Apophthegmata Patrum), concentrating both on understanding the language used and interpreting the texts in their cultural context.

      ​Understanding of Coptic society at an introductory level suitable for the reading passages.

      ​Understanding language development as an historical process.

      Formal awareness of linguistic structures.​

    15. Late Egyptian (ALGY255)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      This module aims to introduce students to the Late Egyptian phase of the Ancient Egyptian language primarily through text reading from original Ancient Egyptian sources with language instruction support.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will gain an understanding to level of Late Egyptian and transliterating and translating Late Egyptian set texts selected for this module, including lexical and grammatical analysis of Late Egyptian.

      Students will develop critical evaluation of the surviving textual material written in Late Egyptian as primary source material for the understanding of Ancient Egypt​

    16. Egyptian Religion (ALGY257)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To develop critical and communicative skills through focus on the analysis of original primary sources(archaeological, iconographic and textual) relevant to a reconstruction of the religion of pharaonic Egypt.

      Learning OutcomesThe student will acquire a substantive knowledge of the gods and religious practices of ancient Egypt.

      T​he student will gain an understanding of the processes of building a coherent and critical use of sources towards building an independent, evidence-based understanding of ancient religion.

      ​The student will be able to communicate that independence of understanding in a coherent form.

    17. Death in Ancient Egypt: Image, Text and Archaeology (ALGY270)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      In addition to the specific subject matter, the aim is to develop key skills in the understanding and application of theoretical analysis and interpretation of the Egyptian culture, such as currently applied in the field of Egyptology.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will develop an awareness and broad understanding of some key theoretical issues and concepts central to the interpretation of Egyptian culture (principles of Egyptian art, cultural conventions, anthropological theories).

      ​Students  will build up their critical skills of both primary sources and secondary literature, and experiment with basic research methodological issues

      ​Small group discussion of case studies will contribute to the development of the students'' skills in comparative analysis of significantly different sets of sources.

    18. History of the Egyptian Language (ALGY370)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
      1. Students will extend their formal understanding of the Egyptian language at different periods, and its grammatical description, to be able to articulate the differences in grammar

      2. ​Improve fluency in reading and translating Egyptian, and the accuracy of its translation

      3. ​Develop their explicit understanding of how and what language communicates, from both theoretical and practical perspectives, and be able to communicate this in writing

      4. ​Achieve an advanced understanding of the possibilities and limitations of working with ancient texts

      Learning Outcomes

      Reinforcement of previously acquired knowledge of the individual stages of the ancient Egyptian language, to a level at which this can be communicated in a systematic way.

      ​An understanding of the processes of change in that language, to develop a systematic awareness of the relationship between individual stages of the language.

      ​ The application of the developed formal analysis to a deepening understanding of what and how individual Egyptian grammatical constructions and vocabulary communicated meaning.

      ​The practical use of this developed formal knowledge of the language towards improved accuracy in translation and commentary for independent work with ancient texts. 

    Programme Year Three

    In the final year, you study more specialised aspects of language and literature (including texts from the Pyramid age, the Ramesside period), as well as further options in Egyptian material culture. Provision is also made for engaging in independent research in an Egyptological topic as well as, further options in archaeology and material culture.

    Students take the eight core modules which include provision for undertaking Egyptological research in the 'Ramessid Studies' module.

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Issues in Ramessid History & Archaeology (ALGY367)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To enhance studentunderstanding of the extent to which the context for ancient lived experiencecan be explored within the Ramessid period in ancient Egypt (c.1300–1070 BC),based on critical appraisal of the unusually rich body of original ancientsource material for this period and of the modern research literature, both interms of the depth and detail which can be obtained but also of the limits tosuch inquiry.

      Learning Outcomes

      Gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the bodies of evidence, not only as the primary sources for the module, but also as outstanding examples of the ways in which archaeological and textual data relate to issues of materiality and subjective experience.

      Develop an appreciation of the ways in which the textual record, comprising documents of subjective experiences in the Ramessid period, interlinks with the nature of the surviving physical remains of their activities and environment. ​

      Debate issues of academic research method and technique as applied to the evidence, and develop skills of discrimination in the analysis and interpretation of different types of data, allowing students to understand the types of research questions that can or cannot be usefully addressed through the available archaeological and textual material.​

    • Old Egyptian Texts (ALGY372)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      ALGY 372 is designed as an advanced module to promote the further development of key skills for the understanding of the language and writings of Ancient Egypt, through the study of inscriptions and writings from the Old Kingdom and the First Intermediate Period.

      Students will develop an independent competence in the translation of hieroglyphic texts from the closely related Old Egyptian and early Middle Egyptian phases of the language and in the assessment of Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period texts in their social, historical and cultural context.

      Learning Outcomes

      analytical skills and knowledge for reading Ancient Egyptian texts at advanced level through a programme of text-reading (primary sources) in class, particularly for assessing and understanding the grammar of Ancient Egyptian texts in terms of form and meaning.

      ​​​​interpretive skills and knowledge for assessing Ancient Egyptian texts in their social, historical and cultural background through background reading and through class discussion facilitated by the module coordinator 

      ​​construction of text-derived understanding of the ancient Egyptian society​
    • Advanced Egyptian Texts (ALGY373)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      ALGY 373 is designed as an advanced module to promote the application of key skills for the understanding of language and writings of Ancient Egypt developed throughout the 3 year programme of study.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will develop an independent competence in the translation of Ancient Egyptian texts of various types (literary, inscriptional and documentary) written in Old and Middle Egyptian and Traditional Egyptian.    

      ​Students will have an advanced understanding of the grammar of the texts read.

      ​Students will have an advanced appreciation of the use of the texts as primary sources for the understanding of Ancient Egypt.

    • Late Egyptian Texts (ALGY374)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
    • Develop further competence and familiarity with the language and texts of the late New Kingdom in Egypt, particularly literary and documentary writings.

    • Gain understanding of key grammatical constructions introduced or suitable for detailed discussion at this level (e.g. conditionals, second tenses, participial statement, forms of questions, relative clauses​

    • Contextualise set texts particularly with an aim to developing commentary​

    • Learning Outcomes

      Students completing this module will develop an independent competence in the translation of literary and documentary texts of the later New Kingdom

      students will gain a deeper understanding of the set texts as primary sources for the study of Ancient Egypt and how to incorporate that in commentary

      students will gain a deeper understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of Late Egyptian as found in the set texts, including complex grammatical constructions suitable for study at level 3​

    • Settlement Archaeology in Egypt (ALGY376)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
    • To develop critical and communicative skills through focusing on the analysis of original primary sources (archaeological and textual) relevant to a reconstruction of the nature and organisation of settlement in ancient Egypt.

    • To develop an understanding of the critical use of sources towards building an independent, evidence-based understanding of ancient society, and communicating that independence of understanding in a coherent form. These skills are the primary basis for structuring research thinking and the construction of research projects. ​
    • Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students will have improved their skills in critical reading and in the assessment/analysis of specific detail to be found in the primary sources of all types, in the light of the more general discussions about theoretical approaches to the study of urbanisation and the nature of ancient settlements and society.

      By the end of the module students will have improved their skills in critical reading and in the assessment/analysis of specific detail to be found in the primary sources of all types, in the light of the more general discussions about theoretical approaches to the study of urbanisation and the nature of ancient settlements and society.

      By the end of the module students will have improved their skills in critical reading and in the assessment/analysis of specific detail to be found in the primary sources of all types, in the light of the more general discussions about theoretical approaches to the study of urbanisation and the nature of ancient settlements and society.

    • Social Life in Egypt (ALGY377)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      1. To deepen knowledge of the primary record from pharaonic Egypt

      2. ​To develop analytical skills.

      3. ​To develop communicative writing based on personal understanding.

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

      Learning Outcomes

      The student will be able to show a broad knowledge of a broad range of data from pharaonic Egypt: archaeological, textual and pictorial

      ​The student will demonstate 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.

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

      ​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 socities

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

    • Egyptian Foreign Relations (ALGY378)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      1. ALGY 378 is designed to help students understand the nature of Egypt''s contacts with its nearest neighbours, to the end of the New Kingdom. There will be a particular emphasis on Egypt''s external contacts during the New Kingdom.

      2. To develop an understanding of the critical use of sources towards building an independent, evidence-based understanding of ancient society, and communicating that independence of understanding in a coherent form. These skills are the primary basis for structuring research thinking and the construction of research projects

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students will have improved their skills in critical reading and in the assessment/analysis of specific detail to be found in primary sources of all types, in the light of general discussions about the nature and motives behind dynastic Egypt''s engagement with its neighbours in north-east Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and western Asia.

      ​By the end of the module students will have improved their skills in critical reading and in the assessment/analysis of specific detail to be found in primary sources of all types, in the light of general discussions about the nature and motives behind dynastic Egypt''s engagement with its neighbours in north-east Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and western Asia.

      ​By the end of the module students will have improved their skills in critical reading and in the assessment/analysis of specific detail to be found in primary sources of all types, in the light of general discussions about the nature and motives behind dynastic Egypt''s engagement with its neighbours in north-east Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and western Asia.

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


    Teaching and Learning

    Your learning will flourish through lectures, seminar discussions, practical classes, oral presentations and tutorial sessions, encompassing both individual study and group work. You’ll be working with a wide range of evidence including ancient texts in translation and physical remains. Students on archaeological programmes may have the opportunity to take placements in the Garstang Museum of Archaeology or National Museums Liverpool. Single Honours, Major and Joint Honours students can develop an individual piece of research on a topic of your own by undertaking a dissertation in the final year. An academic adviser will help you focus on and hone the topic, and meet with you regularly to discuss progress and direction. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in archaeology and/or museology. With staff engaged at excavations in Turkey, Southern Africa, Egypt, Greece and Sicily (to name a few), many of our students have been able to gain their experience further afield.