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AHIX3241 – Dialogue of Cultures: Ancient Egypt and the Near East

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Javier Alvarez-Mon
Peter Edwell
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit offers and advanced study of cultural dialogue between ancient societies, by examining the material and literary records of the ancient Near East and neighboring regions, including Egypt. Western cultural stereotypes and prejudices are investigated, as well as notions of cultural identity, assimilation, rejection, and superiority. Problems to be addressed may concern, among many, cultural borrowing, funerary traditions, gift-giving, tribute, plundering, arts and coinage, trade, and dress.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply notions of cultural identity, acculturation, assimilation, rejection, and superiority amongst peoples and cultures of Egypt and the ancient Near East.
  • ULO2: Understand and critically evaluate methodological approaches to the study of cultural dialogue in antiquity.
  • ULO3: Acquire skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of social and political identity in the ancient world.
  • ULO4: Conduct independent research, synthesize acquired knowledge, and effectively plan, organize and prioritize work.
  • ULO5: Communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Weekly Readings 20% No Weekly Quiz in iLearn (weeks 2-12)
Long Research Essay 50% No Week 13 (Sunday midnight)
Short Essay (Literature Review) 20% No Week 7 (Sunday midnight)
Class discussion 10% No Weekly Quiz in iLearn (weeks 2-12)

Weekly Readings

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Weekly Quiz in iLearn (weeks 2-12)
Weighting: 20%

 

Summaries of Weekly Readings.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply notions of cultural identity, acculturation, assimilation, rejection, and superiority amongst peoples and cultures of Egypt and the ancient Near East.
  • Understand and critically evaluate methodological approaches to the study of cultural dialogue in antiquity.
  • Conduct independent research, synthesize acquired knowledge, and effectively plan, organize and prioritize work.

Long Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 70 hours
Due: Week 13 (Sunday midnight)
Weighting: 50%

 

Essay requiring independent research; Length: 3,500 words

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply notions of cultural identity, acculturation, assimilation, rejection, and superiority amongst peoples and cultures of Egypt and the ancient Near East.
  • Understand and critically evaluate methodological approaches to the study of cultural dialogue in antiquity.
  • Acquire skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of social and political identity in the ancient world.
  • Conduct independent research, synthesize acquired knowledge, and effectively plan, organize and prioritize work.

Short Essay (Literature Review)

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 7 (Sunday midnight)
Weighting: 20%

 

Essay requiring independent research; Length: 1,000 words;

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply notions of cultural identity, acculturation, assimilation, rejection, and superiority amongst peoples and cultures of Egypt and the ancient Near East.
  • Understand and critically evaluate methodological approaches to the study of cultural dialogue in antiquity.
  • Acquire skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of social and political identity in the ancient world.
  • Conduct independent research, synthesize acquired knowledge, and effectively plan, organize and prioritize work.

Class discussion

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 11 hours
Due: Weekly Quiz in iLearn (weeks 2-12)
Weighting: 10%

 

Discussion of reading of the week in tutorials by answering questions pertaining to readings.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Acquire skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of social and political identity in the ancient world.
  • Communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

 

Unit Description

This unit offers an advanced study of cultural dialogues between ancient civilizations by examining the material and literary records of the ancient Near East and neighboring regions, including Egypt. Western cultural stereotypes and prejudices are investigated, as well as notions of cultural identity, ethnicity, assimilation, rejection, and superiority. Amongst the themes to be addressed are: cultural borrowings, gender, funerary traditions, gift-giving, tribute, plundering, arts, trade, and dress

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand through practical examples notions of cultural identity, acculturation, assimilation, rejection, and superiority amongst peoples and cultures of the ancient Near East and Egypt.

2. To understand and critically evaluate methodological approaches to the study of cultural dialogue in antiquity.

3. To acquire skills necessary for the analysis and interpretation of social and political identity in the ancient world.

4. To develop the skills to conduct independent research, synthesize acquired knowledge, and effectively plan, organize and prioritize work.

5. To communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers.

Theoretical Backgrounds to be Examined  in this Unit

§         Black and White: Dialogue of Civilizations or Clash of Civilizations (Whose Civilization?)

§         Us and Them: What is Cultural Identity?

§         To Be or Not to Be, the mechanics of Culture: Assimilation, Rejection and Superiority

§         The Lure of Luxury and Comfort: Cultural Borrowings and Identity

§         Similarity and Difference: Ethnicity in Antiquity

§         Not for Everyone: To Be of not to Be Divine

§         Neither One nor the Other: Gender in Antiquity

§         Grain or Sheep: Pastoralists and Farmers

§         Single Constant: Migrations, Marriages and Multiculturalism

§         Material Wealth and Consumption: Birth of Capitalism?

§         "Ethnogenesis" and Acculturation

§         Selective Memories: Manufacturing Identities

§         Yin and Yang: Dialogue rather than Clash?

§         Observing from the Moon: Big History and the End of Differences?

Teaching Structure

2 hours of lectures per week                                                   

1 hour tutorial per week  

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