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AHIS1210 – Studying the Past from the Bronze Age to Byzantium

2022 – Session 1, In person-scheduled-weekday, North Ryde

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Ray Laurence
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Lecturer/Tutor
Peter Keegan
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Peter Keegan
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10
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AHIX1210 Studying the Past from the Bronze Age to Byzantium
Unit description Unit description

The study of the past is constantly evolving and this unit sets out to introduce students to the changing nature of the study of antiquity and the on-going significance of the past in the modern world. This unit also introduces students to the study of primary sources, or evidence from Greek and Roman world, and the evaluation of how history is written through an analysis of a specific historical area. The unit also introduces students to research projects being undertaken by staff in Ancient History at Macquarie University (for example the Democracy and War).

The first section of the unit is focused on the study of ancient sources - what is our evidence and how did authors millennia ago write about major world events - pandemics, war, politics, and so on that continue to be a focus for us today. This section of the unit will give you a thorough understanding of the issues around the use of evidence in Ancient History.

The second section of the unit focuses on the writing of ancient history in the modern world. You will study a developing area of recent research and critically evaluate how this research is created, its limitations and its strengths, and its significance for those living in the modern world.

The third section of the unit introduces you to a series of projects that are currently being researched by staff at Macquarie University.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Explain the principles an processes by which historical and/or archaeological evidence from ancient Greece, Rome and Late Antiquity is analysed, evaluated and interpretted.
  • ULO2: Engage with contemporary cultural perspectives and practices to contextualise historical knowledge from antiquity
  • ULO3: Examine and critically evaluate historical data with initiative and judgement by presenting evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas about the study of antiquity.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Extensions for the submission for assessed work need to be submitted online (convenors and tutors are not permitted to grant you an extension). The link to locate relevant information and to request Special Consideration can be found via this link Special Consideration - Eligibility | MQ Sydney  

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Blog 2: Ancient History - The Importance of Studying the Past 40% No Week 13 05/06/2022
Blog 1 Research Project 20% No Week 7 10/04/2022
Writing as an ancient author 40% No Week 4 20/03/2022

Blog 2: Ancient History - The Importance of Studying the Past

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Week 13 05/06/2022
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will research a topic in ancient history and set out the significance of studying this topic in the form of a blog (maximum 1500 words) that is targeted at the contemporary public.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the principles an processes by which historical and/or archaeological evidence from ancient Greece, Rome and Late Antiquity is analysed, evaluated and interpretted.
  • Engage with contemporary cultural perspectives and practices to contextualise historical knowledge from antiquity
  • Examine and critically evaluate historical data with initiative and judgement by presenting evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas about the study of antiquity.

Blog 1 Research Project

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 7 10/04/2022
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will write a blog (300-500 words) in week three summarising the strengths of a research project.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the principles an processes by which historical and/or archaeological evidence from ancient Greece, Rome and Late Antiquity is analysed, evaluated and interpretted.
  • Engage with contemporary cultural perspectives and practices to contextualise historical knowledge from antiquity

Writing as an ancient author

Assessment Type 1: Creative work
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 4 20/03/2022
Weighting: 40%

 

This assessment requires students to re-articulate a contemporary event utilising the literary techniques of an ancient author. The purpose of the exercise is to understand the construction of ancient sources and to engage with that format of writing to create a student's own narrative of a contemporary event.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Engage with contemporary cultural perspectives and practices to contextualise historical knowledge from antiquity
  • Examine and critically evaluate historical data with initiative and judgement by presenting evidence based exposition of knowledge and ideas about the study of antiquity.

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 Writing Centre 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

Recorded Lectures - 2 hours per week On Campus Tutorial - 1 hour per week

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