The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


A semester-length course, usually studied in the first semester of an Honours programme.

AHIS4150 focuses on the examination in class of either a period of ancient history or an ancient author or a series of authors or treatment of a thematic topic or it may be a combination of any of these.

Students will be exposed to a range of ancient evidence and will address the modern scholarly literature and related material for the study.

Students will gain insights into the methodologies used in the study of the ancient world, and will be guided in the accepted methods for expressing their ideas and interpretations of the evidence.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand contemporary responses to comprehension of the Classical world, and methods of building on those responses.

2. Understand, interpret and criticise complex ideas and texts, both from the ancient and the modern world.

3. Research and interpret relevant issues and to present the results of an in-depth study clearly and effectively, primarily in written form.

4. Prepare for work-place situations that require an exceptional level of literacy, research skills, analytical ability, and the capacity to present and argue a case.

5. Start high-level research, or engage in other research employing similar skills.

6. Begin postgraduate research degrees in Ancient History and related areas.


There will be weekly topics directly related to the particular field of study, which will be found in the course material handed out at the beginning of the semester.

NB: Students are also expected to attend the Discipline's staff/student research seminars, where the methodologies underlining modern research techniques research are explored.


This course is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Assumed knowledge

An undergraduate major sequence in Ancient History or the equivalent, with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment items

Essay: Essays/Written Assignment

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term