Ancient History Methodologies

Course code AHIS6001Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Provides an overview of the methodologies required for the study and teaching of Ancient History for postgraduate students. It includes an examination of ancient texts in translation, archaeological evidence and inscriptions that provide information about the past. Concurrently, students are instructed in both the interpretation of these source materials and the use of them in the pedagocical environment.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. Develop advanced skills in interpreting the methodologies needed to interpret the ancient past;
2. Develop advanced skills in the implementation of these methodologies in the effective teaching of Ancient History;
3. Critically appraise historical sources and writing relevant to a particular thesis, essay or historical topic; and
4. Advance skills in the analysis of ancient source material and the, at times, conflicting interpretations surrounding them.
ContentTopics covered will include material from the following list:
- Historical Enquiry: definitions;
- Historical skills: definitions and examples;
- Ancient historical methodologies:
- Written texts - their development and transmission;
- Archaeological evidence - what artefacts reveal about the past; categorising archaeological evidence;
- Inscriptional evidence - an examination of inscriptions; a study of what inscriptions reveal about ancient cultures;
- Debates / conflicting interpretations in the analyses of ancient methodologies; and
- Employing ancient methodologies in pedagogical situations.
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable.
TransitionNot Applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot Applicable
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1: 25% (approx. 1800 words)
Examination of an example of ancient evidence [or equivalent task].
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2: 25% (approx. 1800 words)
Examination of the teaching resources required to introduce ancient methodologies into the classroom [or equivalent task].
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 3: 50% (approx. 2,500 words)
Critical essay [or equivalent task]
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term