Ancient History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

The University of Manchester

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Study the ancient Mediterranean empires alongside the archaeology of Britain, Western Europe, the Greek and Roman worlds, the Near East and Australasia. Throughout the course you'll have opportunity to study ancient languages and to conduct expert-led archaeological fieldwork. You'll gain knowledge of two complementary approaches to the past whilst gaining key skills in analysis and interpretation.Year 1: Gain a solid foundation in archaeology by exploring life and death in the Ancient World and key archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, Near East, America and Australasia. Explore the Roman world, including changes in society, and the collapse of its political structures. Study key developments in Greek political, cultural and social history during the archaic period. Select from a breadth of additional optional units. Sample course units include:- Constructing Archaic Greek History- From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, - Society & Culture 218-31BC- Introduction to World ArchaeologyYear 2: Explore theoretical debate within archaeology and contextualise skills gained in your first summer of fieldwork. Examine the `golden age' of the Roman Empire and politics and society in Classical Greece. Design your own independent research project in both disciplines and tailor your studies further with optional units. Sample course units include:- Fieldwork, Practice and Interpretation- The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age- Roman Archaeology: Identity and Society Year 3: Continue to specialise in specific areas of interest through course units such as Slavery in the Ancient Greek World and Roman Love Elegy. Choose whether to study your dissertation with Archaeology or Ancient History. Sample course units include:- Slavery in the Ancient Greek World- The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Sanctuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete- Theory and Practice in Archaeology **The course aims to:**- Develop and encourage students' interest in the past;- Train students in the critical study of historical documents and the techniques and methods of archaeology;- Provide a broadly-based and challenging curriculum including course units that are innovative and stimulating, draw upon the research expertise of the teaching staff, and are examined by a range of methods of assessment;- Introduce students, within the context of specific historical and archaeological courses, to a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies;- Help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study;- Produce graduates with the transferable skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.

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  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
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