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Stage 1 Ancient Studies

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Where does it lead?

Ancient Studies is a subject for students who have an interest in antiquity and in developing their skills of historical research, social analysis and literary criticism as well as making informed and reasoned judgements about the literature, history and culture of ancient civilisations. This subject is ideal for those students who wish to develop their research and critical thinking skills and as such forms a solid foundation for a large range of tertiary courses, particularly the study of Classics, Archaeology, Art History, Anthropology and History.

What is in the course?

This course introduces students to the study of ancient societies and the methods used by archaeologists and historians to research the past. Students examine evidence such as artefacts, architectural remains, primary source inscriptions and documents, develop research skills and explore the forces that helped the social, political, economic institutions and structures of ancient cultures.

Topic areas include:

  • New Kingdom Egypt
  • Classical Mythology
  • Roman Sport and Spectacle
  • The Persian Empire
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Mycenae and Troy


  • In-Class Essay
  • Oral Presentation
  • Research Essay
  • Examination


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