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Monash University

Diploma in Arts (Archaeology and Ancient History)

Course code: 2429 ~ Course abbreviation: DipArts(Archaeol) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the area of archaeology while completing a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Students investigate and develop an understanding of the study and reconstruction of past societies and their evolution. They also acquire an understanding of material culture (art, architecture, ceramics, objects of daily use) together with social structure, religious beliefs and cultural philosophy. The study of ancient literature and documentary evidence is stressed. The focus is upon the study of the cultures of Egypt, Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece and ancient Israel as well as Assyria, Babylon Classical Greece, Rome and the early city-states of the Near East.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in archaeology. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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