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Course Overview

This course will explore the rise and fall of Empires from the ancient world and beyond; examining to what extent religion, power struggles, conflict and politics impacted the shaping of an ancient Empire and the world today.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Samantha Newington

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will look explore Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman Empires and leading into the Medieval World.


The course will explore a range of materials: from ancient Greek, Babylonian and Roman sources. Textual and archaeological data from the 15th century BCE to 4st century CE will also be considered.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University week s 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 27 - 35, 39

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

2 x 2,000-word essays (50% each)


2-hour online exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandstudents will be expected: i. to identify and critically analyse primary and secondary material; ii. Consider methodological approaches.
FactualEvaluatestudents will be expected: i. to critically apply knowledge in a range of formats and presentational styles especially as this course draws a broad chronological canvas and will be team taught, ii. be
ConceptualApplyStudents will be expected: i. to provide a firm academic appreciation of the subject content; ii. consider the broader implications of the course content and inter-disciplinary approaches.
ProceduralCreateStudents will be expected to demonstrate, i. to engage with a range of technology interfaces.

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