ATS3338 - Understanding ancient cultures - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures


Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


In this unit students will consolidate the various methodological and theoretical approaches needed in the detailed study of ancient cultures. It will review the history and evolution of such interpretation from the 19th century onwards and focus on contemporary, inter-disciplinary study. Students will explore case studies in the disciplines of ancient history, archaeology and classics, focusing upon the ancient Mediterranean and Australia.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the historical development of relevant interpretive approaches applied to ancient cultures globally
  2. Display the ability to apply different methodologies to problem solving
  3. Engage with a variety of theoretical approaches to interpreting ancient cultures
  4. Display the ability to apply different methodological approaches depending upon the nature of the discipline involved
  5. Demonstrate the ability to undertake research and presentations in groups
  6. Communicate effectively in oral and written presentations
  7. Undertake independent research


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.