Egyptology BA (Hons)

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Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

Programme Year One

Students will be introduced to the language (writing, grammar and texts) and to the archaeology, history and culture of Ancient Egypt.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Ancient Egyptian Material Culture (ALGY126)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to provide first 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) The module will improve students' knowledge of the essential materials and practical activities that form the basis of Egyptian material culture

    (LO3) The module will advance information literacy in the use of the library, bibliographic sources, online bibliographies and other relevant internet resources

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Ancient Egyptian Written Culture (ALGY125)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    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;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop their understanding of the range of Egyptian written sources.

    (LO2) Students will be able to begin to critique current Egyptological uses and interpretations of Egyptian uses of writing.

    (S1) Working in groups and teams - group action planning

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

  • Introduction to Ancient Egypt I (ALGY109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    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.

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

    ALGY116 is designed as a year one 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 Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Students will develop their critical skills in 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) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

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

    (S4) Information skills - critical reading

  • Introduction to Middle Egyptian I (ALGY128)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    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);

    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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

  • Introduction to Middle Egyptian II (ALGY123)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Consolidation of formal linguistic understanding of Middle Egyptian; Extend range of vocabulary and understanding of constructions and verbal tenses in reading; Gain initial familiarity with the form and content of Egyptian texts by reading in the original; Increase self-confidence and analytical methodology through practice in translation and the explicit description of the hieroglyphic language in the original.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will have acquired a core vocabulary and knowledge of the full range of standard grammatical constructions for Middle Egyptian.

    (LO2) Students will be able to present accurate transliterations and translations of basic Middle Egyptian into English.

    (LO3) Students will have established a basic methodology for reading and commenting on Middle Egyptian texts in the original.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Information skills - information accessing: locating relevant information, identifying and evaluating information sources.

    (S2) Improving own learning / performance - self-awareness / self-analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities - resilience

Year One Optional Modules

  • Principles of Archaeology (ALGY101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the various theoretical tools, field methods and laboratory techniques that archaeologists use to study and interpret the past;

    To acquaint students with the types of data archaeologists collect, and how they analyse and interpret these data in order to reconstruct and understand past societies;

    To develop the student's intellectual skills in terms of knowledge acquisition, research, written and visual communication as well as group work and reflexive evaluation (both self and peer evaluation).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire essential subject-based knowledge.

    (LO2) Become familiar with scientific equipment, techniques and materials that are used and analysed by applied archaeological science.

    (LO3) Become aware of the relevance of the materials, methods and arguments presented in the module for the study of the past in diverse archaeological contexts.

    (LO4) Become familiar with the main schools of thought and intellectual debates involved in the study, and the critical analysis of specific archaeological subjects, research questions and case-studies.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S8) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Warfare, Politics, and Society in the Greek World, 510-323 B.c. (CLAH104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to acquaint students with the history and society of the ancient Greek world from 510 BC until the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC). The module also has as its aim to enable students to engage critically with scholarship dealing with the central historical questions of that period, and to foster core skills in using and evaluating primary evidence;

    To enable students to learn to read and evaluate a range of advanced secondary scholarship;

    To foster core skills in using and evaluating primary evidence;

    To develop your skills in presenting historical analysis in written and in oral form.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) You will have a sound knowledge of the broad sweep of Greek history from 510 to 323 BC, including not only the history of events but also a range of key themes in social and cultural history

    (LO2) Accustomed to using a variety of primary and secondary material to answer (and formulate) historical questions relating to political events, warfare, society and culture.

    (LO3) You will have developed a variety of transferable skills including: oral discussion; listening and note-taking skills; analytical reading of set texts; identification and deployment of material relevant to a particular question; engagement with primary evidence; written exposition; effective time-management.

    (S1) Improving own learning / performance - reflective practice

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S3) Improving own learning / performance - self-awareness / self-analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills

    (S5) Information skills - evaluation

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

    (S7) Time and project management - personal organisation

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

  • Greek Myth and Society (CLAH115)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore ancient Greek myth in its social, political, and religious contexts, focusing primarily on the Archaic and Classical periods (7th - 4th C BC);

    To investigate the nature of myth and its role within Greek society, and to thereby develop an understanding of ancient Greek society;

    To introduce a broad range of literary, artistic, and archaeological sources for Greek myth and society, and to use them as evidence for social history;

    To assess the importance of Greek myth in later societies, including our own.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To be familiar with a number of myths circulating in ancient Greece and to appreciate their social, religious, and political dimensions.

    (LO2) To understand how literary and artistic retellings of myth shape ancient Greeks' experience of the world, their society, and relationships; and to be aware of how and why Greek myths are retold in later societies.

    (LO3) To gain knowledge of a range of literary, artistic and archaeological evidence, and use it for learning about Greek society.

    (LO4) To be able to read and evaluate modern resources and ancient sources in order to research issues and answer questions of interest to the social historian.

    (S1) Research skills - all information skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills

    (S4) Improving own learning / performance - reflective practice

  • The Practice of Archaeology (ALGY102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the issues involved in the design and implementation of archaeological research;

    To introduce students to the challenges facing modern archaeologists;

    To introduce students to desk-based archaeological assessments;

    To introduce students to aspects of archaeological mapping and GIS;

    To introduce students to aspects of field recording;

    To introduce students to aspects of archaeological data analysis;

    To introduce students to issues involved in archaeological project and excavation design;

    To introduce students to issues involved in the interpretation of archaeological sites and cemeteries;

    To introduce students to principles of heritage and management of archaeological sites.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To show some understanding of the objectives of archaeological research.

    (LO2) Students should be able to demonstrate an awareness of how archaeology works in both academic and commercial spheres

    (LO3) Students should be able to show critical awareness of the practice of archaeolgical research and research design

    (LO4) Students should be able to show an understanding of how different approaches can lead to different interpretations

    (LO5) Students should be able to show an understanding of desk-based assessment

    (LO6) Students should be able to show an understand some basics of archaeological mapping

    (LO7) Students should be able to show an understanding of basic archaeological data analysis

    (LO8) Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of aspects of archaeological field recording and data collection.

    (LO9) Students should be able to show an understanding of basic issues around management of archaeological sites.

    (LO10) By the end of the module students should be able to show an understanding of excavation strategy. 

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S2) Improving own learning / performance - record-keeping

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - following instructions / protocols / procedures.

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - report writing

    (S5) Time and project management - project planning

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - problem identification

    (S8) Skills in using technology - using common applications (word processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S9) Numeracy / computational skills - confidence / competence in measuring and using numbers

    (S10) Research skills - all information skills

  • From Hannibal to Severus: An Introduction to Roman History (CLAH105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The aim is to give the student a basic outline of Roman history;

    To give the student an introduction to some central social and economic themes in the Roman world;

    The module also serves as an introduction to academic skills required for studying the classical world and ancient history.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The objectives are that with reasonable diligence during the course of study the student will be able to: narrate and show some understanding of the main course of events in the Roman world from the Punic Wars through to c. AD 200.

    (LO2) To show some awareness of the cultural and social context of these events

    (LO3) To show some awareness of relevant source material

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S2) Time and project management - personal organisation

    (S3) Research skills - all information skills

    (S4) Using library resources effectively

    (S5) Creating bibliographies

  • Virgil and the Age of Augustus (CLAH102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to focus on the literary output of the early Augustan period at Rome, with a focus on the Aeneid, an epic poem by Virgil and a core text for the study of Latin literature. As well as the works themselves, students explore the literary, social, and political contexts of their creation and other aspects of artistic expression at this period. This module aims to offer a foundation for further study of Latin poetry, epic poetry, and literary culture at Levels two and three.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) In the course of the this module, students will: Become familiar with Virgil's Aeneid and understand its literary shape and the contexts of its production.

    (LO2) Acquire some understanding of the concept of genre and literary structures and approaches.

    (LO3) Develop skills of reading with understanding, analysis, and argument, written communication and oral discussion, and coherent expression of their own responses to texts.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

Programme Year Two

You will progress to study the language and texts of different time periods (including Coptic as an option), as well as Egyptian art, religion, history, and society.

Students take six core modules and 2 optional modules

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • 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

    (LO1) 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).

    (LO2) Students  will build up their critical skills of both primary sources and secondary literature, and experiment with basic research methodological issues

    (LO3) Small group discussion of case studies will contribute to the development of the students' skills in comparative analysis of significantly different sets of sources.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Global citizenship - cultural awareness

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - media analysis

    (S4) Research skills - all information skills

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) The student will acquire a substantive knowledge of the gods and religious practices of ancient Egypt.

    (LO2) The 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.

    (LO3) The student will be able to communicate that independence of understanding in a coherent form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills

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

    (S3) Global citizenship - cultural awareness

  • Middle Egyptian Texts I (ALGY251)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    ALGY251 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;

    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;

    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) A broader vocabulary and fluency in the reading and analysis of standard text types written in Middle Egyptian

    (LO2) An increase in fluency and accuracy in translation into English

    (LO3) An increased sophistication in the explicit discussion of the linguistic, cultural and historical interpretation of hieroglyphic texts

    (LO4) Development through practice of a capacity to read a text closely, and to assess this document critically against comparable or relevant material.

    (LO5) 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

    (S1) Information skills - information accessing: locating relevant information. Identifying and evaluating information sources.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

  • Middle Egyptian Texts II (ALGY252)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To continue development of linguistic competence, following from the pre-requisite modules;

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

    To increase sophistication in the presentation of linguistic and philological commentary on ancient texts;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A broader vocabulary and fluency in the reading and analysis of standard text types written in Middle Egyptian

    (LO2) An increase in fluency and accuracy in translation into English

    (LO3) An increased sophistication in the explicit discussion of the linguistic, cultural and historical interpretation of hieroglyphic texts

    (LO4) Development through practice of a capacity to read a text closely, and to assess this document critically against comparable or relevant material

    (LO5) 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

    (S1) Information skills - information accessing: locating relevant information. Identifying and evaluating information sources

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - synthesis

  • Sacred Landscape in Ancient Egypt (ALGY244)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    ALGY244 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 integrated notions of 'sacred landscape' into their everyday lives.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Time and project management - personal organisation

    (S3) Information skills - critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

  • Working With the Past (ALGY248)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with practical skills in archaeology and museology, and encourage awareness of excavations and museums as places of work, thereby supporting the development of key workplace skills as exemplified in the heritage sector.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Develop a critical understanding of archaeological excavation and recording.

    (LO2) Understand the nature and limitations of archaeological evidence derived from excavation, and understand the move from description to analysis and interpretation.

    (LO3) Understand the post-excavation process, providing a developed insight into the heritage sector.

    (S1) Acquire basic archaeological excavation skills.

    (S2) Acquire key employability skills including project management and attention to detail.

    (S3) Improved teamwork and communications skills.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Coptic Language and Texts (ALGY253)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    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;

    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);

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Understanding of Coptic society at an introductory level suitable for the reading passages.

    (LO4) Understanding language development as an historical process.

    (LO5) Formal awareness of linguistic structures.

    (S1) Information skills - information accessing: locating relevant information. Identifying and evaluating information sources

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - self-awareness / self-analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities - initiative

Programme Year Three

In the final year, you will study more specialised aspects of language and literature as well as further options in Egyptian material culture. Provision is also made for engaging in independent research in an Egyptological topic.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Egyptian Texts (ALGY373)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    ALGY373 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 three year programme of study.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Students will have an advanced understanding of the grammar of the texts read.

    (LO3) Students will have an advanced appreciation of the use of the texts as primary sources for the understanding of Ancient Egypt.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S2) Improving own learning / performance - reflective practice

    (S3) Time and project management - personal organisation

  • Settlement Archaeology in Egypt (ALGY376)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

  • Social Life in Egypt (ALGY377)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    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

  • Late Egyptian Texts (ALGY374)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    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

    (LO1) Students completing this module will develop an independent competence in the translation of literary and documentary texts of the later New Kingdom

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Students will gain a deeper understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of Late Egyptian as found in the set texts, including more complex grammatical constructions.

    (S1) Improving own learning / performance - self-awareness / self-analysis

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis

    (S3) Personal attributes and qualities - willingness to take risk

  • Dissertation (ALGY450)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The purpose of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the student can identify a research-related issue or problem;

    Students will work independently to design and conduct a scheme of work to explore their chosen research question;

    Students will assemble and analyse both academic literature (references) and primary evidence (sources) to explore their chosen research question;

    Students will present a coherent set of data and arguments in order to analyse and interpret the data.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will be able to use appropriate research tools and techniques.

    (LO2) By the end of the module, students will be able to present information and interpretations clearly and systematically, and produce a text written and presented to a professional standard.

    (LO3) By the end of the module, students will be able to cite sources and use appropriate academic conventions for referencing them.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

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

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

Year Three Optional Modules

  • International Relations in the Ancient World (ALGY364)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To facilitate students developing a clear understanding of international relations between Egypt and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550-1200 BCE), with a particular emphasis on the structures and processes of those relations;

    To help students gain a critical appreciation of common approaches to International Relations Theory by their application to Late Bronze Age contexts;

    To help students 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students successfully completing this module will gain a good understanding of the history and archaeology of Egypt and the Near East in the Late Bronze Age with a particular focus on international relations.

    (LO2) Students successfully completing this module will gain a basic understanding of the principal schools of thought in International Relations, their distinguishing characteristics and their relative strengths and weaknesses.

    (LO3) Students successfully completing this module will gain considerable experience in critically reflecting on the problem of applying interpretive frames of reference developed in modern Western contexts to pre-modern and/or non-Western contexts.

    (LO4) Students successfully completing this module will gain a good understanding of how to read and interpret ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern texts in translation and to use these texts critically in the construction of socio-political and historical arguments.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

  • Egypt After the Pharaohs (CLAH310)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Taking a document-based approach, this module will explore themes in the social, economic, and cultural history of Egypt in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (332BC-AD324 – the establishment of the Ptolemaic Kingdom to the death of the Emperor Constantine);

    Through the study of papyrological evidence from both the Demotic and Greek sources in translation, the module seeks to understand the complex interplay of different cultural traditions, continuity from Pharaonic practice and innovation in Graeco-Roman. The module with also use iconographic evidence and epigraphy – most particularly temple inscriptions and state decrees;

    Taking a micro-historical approach, the module will concentrate of the rich archival tradition of the Graeco-Roman period, from which a bottom-up view of society is possible.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate skills in the interpretation and application of a range of primary source material to problems of historical importance.

    (LO2) To demonstrate skills in the written and oral presentation (in formative presentations in seminars) of coherent and convincing historical argument, and thus indirectly skills of note-taking, synthesis, analytical reading, and time-management.

    (LO3) To research and present a 3500-essay, drawing on a synthesis of relevant primary evidence and modern bibliography.

    (S1) Skills in succinct and well-structured written composition will be enhanced by a written assessment exercise and exam.

    (S2) To assess evidence, primary texts will form the basis of this module and be considered in detail in seminars and embedded within lectures. This will provide the students with the opportunity to engage with and gain a practical familiarity with primary material and problems of interpreting that material.

  • Past, Present and Future: Global Questions, Answers From Antiquity and the Value of the Past (ALGY383)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to prepare students for life after graduation by providing a place in which they can bring together the various subjects that they have learned about and also reflect upon the relevance of knowledge about the past for wider debates about the present and future of humanity;

    To provide additional intellectual training in how to use knowledge and understanding of episodes in human history to inform debate about issues of global importance;

    To enhance employability by preparing students to be able to draw on their knowledge and skills to examine and present crucial issues of wide concern to employers including business, the heritage sector, education, NGO's, local and national governments, policy groups;

    Provide students with the intellectual context to reflect on their academic experiences and bring their expertise to classroom discussion;

    Inspire and enable them to be thoughtful and articulate ambassadors for the ancient world / the value of learning from the past / the value of the ancient world.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Articulate how our disciplines can inform debate surrounding several major issues facing humanity.

    (LO2) Critically discuss the potential and limitations of making inferences from specific historic examples to contemporary context.

    (LO3) Communicate clearly a detailed understanding of one particular global question/societal question to a non-specialist audience.

    (LO4) Reflect upon and illustrate how the knowledge acquired during the course of their degree enables them to evaluate and discuss these issues.

    (S1) Develop resilience and time management for self-directed research

    (S2) Share knowledge effectively in digital format and show ability to acquire new skills with technology

    (S3) Identify problems and evaluate answers and solutions

    (S4) Communicate information more effectively in written and visual form to a non-specialist audience

    (S5) Collaborate and work with others

  • Biblical Archaeology (ALGY342)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module will introduce students to the archaeology of the southern Levant in the Iron Age (1200 - 550BC);
    This archaeological knowledge will provide students with a good understanding of the material context in which the Hebrew Bible took shape, especially with regards to social, political and economic organisation; Critical reviews of current debates will provide students with an up-to-date appreciation of emerging controversies, data and methodologies essential for to an informed understanding of the relationship between archaeological evidence and the historical context of the Hebrew Bible.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students successfully completing the module will achieve a good understanding of the archaeological record of the Levant from ca. 1200-550 B.C., with a particular appreciation of the relationship between archaeological research and the Hebrew Bible.

    (LO2) Students successfully completing the module will gain significant experience in absorbing, synthesising, and using unfamiliar archaeological and historical evidence for the purposes of investigating questions of general historical and cultural significance.

    (LO3) Students successfully completing the module will gain the knowledge, experience and confidence necessary to identify, analyse and critically assess radically opposed arguments regarding archaeological evidence and its interpretation.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written.

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

    (S4) Information skills - critical reading.

    (S5) Information skills - evaluation.

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 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 currently engaged at excavations in Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Zambia (to name a few), many of our students have been able to gain their experience further afield.