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Unit information: The Mediterranean Past in 2018/19

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Unit name The Mediterranean Past
Unit code ARCH20055
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hodos
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

The Mediterranean is often perceived as a nexus that unites three continents. In fact, this region is made up of diverse landscapes, climates, and, throughout its history, cultural groups who were often in competition with one another while also mutually dependent. This unit explores the connections between the various peoples, cultures and regions of the Mediterranean from c.3500-500 BCE. It considers similarities, differences and tensions with regard to geography, ecology, chronology, state organisation, social and religious practices.

Aims:

  1. To introduce students to the geography and ecology of the wider Mediterranean region.
  2. To develop an understanding of the history and cultural diversities of Mediterranean populations between c.3500-500 BCE.
  3. To foster appreciation of the methods by which we derive knowledge about past Mediterranean civilisations and how our interpretations evolve.
  4. To recognise the symbiosis between history and archaeology in this region.
  5. To encourage oral and written presentation skills.
  6. To develop the skills of synthesis of a wide body of material and application to case studies

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, a successful student will be able to

  1. Recognise geographical and ecological features and drivers within the Mediterranean region.
  2. Discuss key issues with regard to the history and cultural diversities of Mediterranean populations between c.3500-500 BCE.
  3. Analyse critically the methods by which we derive knowledge about past Mediterranean civilisations and interpretational evolutions.

Teaching details

Interactive lectures (there will be seminar discussions embedded within the lectures)

Assessment Details

One essay of 2500 words (50%). Assesses ILOs 1-3.

One two-hour final exam (50%). Assesses ILOs 1-3.

Reading and References

Abulafia, D. 2011. The Great Sea. A human history of the Mediterranean. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Blake, E. and A.B. Knapp, eds. 2005. The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory. Oxford: Blackwell.

Braudel, F. 1973 (English translation). The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. London: Collins.

Broodbank, C. The Making of the Middle Sea: a history of the Mediterranean from the beginning to the emergence of the Classical world. London: Thames and Hudson.

Horden, P. and N. Purcell. 2000. The Corrupting Sea: a study of Mediterranean history. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kemp, B.J. 1989; 2005. Ancient Egypt: anatomy of a civilization. London: Routledge.

Walsh, K. 2013. The Archaeology of Mediterranean Landscapes: human-environment interaction from the Neolithic to the Roman Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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