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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Colin Hope


This unit explores the current state of our knowledge of the 18th-20th Dynasties with a focus upon those factors which characterise the period and distinguish it from preceding phases of Egyptian history. It examines documentary and archaeological sources relating to specific topics in an attempt to account for the changes, exploring internal and external influences. Textual data is analysed to ensure a thorough understanding of the primary sources. Similar emphasis is placed upon aspects of the material culture. Recurrent themes throughout the unit include the role of the individual in relation to society as a whole, and sex and gender definition and role assignment.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A thorough knowledge of the relevant historical and documentary sources.

  1. An ability to understand Egyptian texts within their cultural context in light of peculiarities of the language.

  1. A detailed understanding of the problems inherent in the surviving documentation.

  1. The facility to explore complex cultural issues combining a variety of data which need detailed and careful analysis.

  1. Sophisticated research skills in the examination of a series of related but distinct topics.

  1. A thorough knowledge of secondary and tertiary source material, displaying finely-tuned critical faculties.


Bibliographic review essay (3000 words): 35%
Research essay (6000 words): 65%

Chief examiner(s)

Colin Hope

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week