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AHIS3251 – State Formation: Egypt and the Near East

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Co-Convenor
Kyle Keimer
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Co-Convenor
Yann Tristant
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
20cp at 2000 level including AHIS280 or AHIS2250 or AHIS261
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the origin and development of the "state" in Egypt and the ancient Near East through investigation of the archaeological, historical, textual, and artistic evidence. Particular attention is given to the processes involved in the formation of the first states in Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as secondary states elsewhere in the Near East, in particular Israel. Theoretical models for understanding what a state is and does will form the foundation upon which the actual ancient evidence is overlaid.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Understand theories on the rise and fall of cultural complexity
  • ULO2: Know the various factors that led to state formation in a selection of Ancient Near Eastern cultures, including Egypt
  • ULO3: Convey an understand of how theory meets reality in a discussion of state formation in Egypt and the Near East
  • ULO4: Articulate the benefits and drawbacks of various theoretical frameworks based on Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern archaeological and textual data.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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This unit is offered internally. Access to the internet, MQ library, and various online databases will be necessary for successful completion of this unit. Ability to work with word processing programs and powerpoint (or comparable programs) will also be necessary to complete unit assessments.

There is no textbook for this unit; readings will be drawn from a number of sources, all of which will be available via the unit's Leganto page.

Unit Schedule

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Introduction to the Unit and State Formation (1 week)

Theories of State Formation (1 week)

Case Study 1: Mesopotamia (2 weeks)

Case Study 2: Egypt (4 weeks)

Case Study 3: Israel (2 week)

Case Study: States Outside the Near East (1 week)

Presentations (2 weeks)

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