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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Campus(es)Clayton
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Colin Hope

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

Ancient cultures explores a diverse range of societies from around the world. It is multidisciplinary and incorporates approaches drawn from archaeology, ancient history and classics to show how we attempt to understand the ancient past and its relevance to the present, and reflects the research expertise of the staff at Monash. Core studies span 250,000 years of history and incorporate pathways that focus upon Indigenous Australia, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome while encouraging cross-cultural study. Major themes include the study of complex society in all its forms, materiality, visual and literary culture, and religious diversity; contemporary theory is used to elucidate these topics. Language study and text criticism focuses upon Latin, Greek and Egyptian.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will:

  • have an ability to conduct and produce an independent research project in a written, visual or oral form, and in keeping with the methodological conventions of the disciplines
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a sustained argument based largely on primary sources
  • be a skillful team worker and have the ability to make informed oral presentations
  • possess well-developed problem solving skills
  • be aware of current philosophical, historical and cultural debates about the past
  • be able to think reflectively about different forms or genres of representation
  • be able to identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills developed in their study
  • be familiar with at least three of the disciplinary fields and have developed one area of specialisation
  • be familiar with the nature and complexity of cross-cultural interaction
  • have acquired skills in combining different disciplinary methodologies in reconstructing and interpreting the ancient past
  • where appropriate, have an extensive knowledge and understanding of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and specialised knowledge of style and genre
  • have an understanding of the evolution of specific disciplinary knowledge.

Units

Minor in ancient cultures

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in ancient cultures must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) additional elective units from the list below (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in ancient cultures

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in ancient cultures must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) at least one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2019 Perspectives on Indigenous art: Production, meaning and symbolism
  • ATS2084 Myth and ritual in ancient cultures
  • ATS2349 The golden age of Athens
  • ATS2351 The archaeology of death in ancient Egypt: The early dynastic period to middle kingdom

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3338 Understanding ancient cultures
  • ATS3350 From Alexander to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic world and the rise of Rome
  • ATS3543 Australia's ancient Indigenous past: A 50,000 year archaeological odyssey

(d.) additional elective units from the list below (24 points)

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

Extended major in ancient cultures

Students completing an extended major in ancient cultures (60 points), must complete an additional 12 points of third-year level units from the list of electives.

Elective units

  • ATS1267 Latin language 1
  • ATS1269 Latin language 2
  • ATS2083 Bread and circuses: Understanding Roman culture
  • ATS2344/ATS3344 Archaeological fieldwork in Tuscany: Introduction to the Etruscan civilisation*
  • ATS2352 Egypt's golden age
  • ATS2402/ATS3402 Ancient Greek theatre
  • ATS2748 Ancient Greek A/2
  • ATS2750 Ancient Greek B/2
  • ATS2924 Ancient Egyptian language: The basics
  • ATS2925 Ancient Egyptian language: Intermediary stage
  • ATS3339 Egypt: The broken reed?
  • ATS3346 Imperial Rome: A study in power and perversion in the early empire
  • ATS3347 Minoans, Mycenaeans and Egypt
  • ATS3404 Eros and the body: Sexuality and body politics in the classical world
  • ATS3544 On a dig: Practical archaeology in the field and lab*

* This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts