Ancient world civilisations

Course Dates: 21/04/21 - 23/06/21
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

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Course Code: RC026

Started Wed, day, 21 Apr - 23 Jun '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online course is about the emergence of social complexity in all its various manifestations. It includes examples from the five continents to expand common perceptions of what is civilisation comparing different forms of social organisation.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will cover cultural changes from the Neolithic to the era of explorations. We will look at African, American, and Pacific civilisations alongside cultures from the ancient Near East, East Asia and the Mediterranean world.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify civilisations from various world regions, apply theories on the emergence of culture on the basis of examples discussed in the course, place world civilisations in their proper historical context.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous experience with archaeology or anthropology is required, nor is there a course prerequisite. You will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, expressing your opinions and generally contributing your experience and knowledge. You will receive regular feedback throughout the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught online through Power Point presentations, but will include class discussion, small group work, and questions and answers. Weekly readings will prepare you to the next week’s topics to engage in conversation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Classes on other classical and ancient civilisations as well as civilisations of the Americas.
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