Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This unit, from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, offers you a historical lens to examine the ancient figure of Alexander the Great.

Focusing on the vast influence of the Greek and Roman Empires, the unit deals with the cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean area and deconstructs Alexander’s reign and motives from a modern context.

The unit also explores the origins of the coinage ‘Alexander the Great’ by examining the succession crisis that followed after Alexander’s rule, and guides you through the third and second centuries BC to critique the Hellenisation of native peoples and the cultural shift that subsequently occurred.

You’ll complete this unit with a comprehensive understanding of Alexander’s impact on ancient history, and how the Greek and Roman Empire continue to influence our world today.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have completed level 1 studies in ancient history.

Areas of study

In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • In the footsteps of Alexander
  • Alexander and the army: sources on Alexander's reign
  • Alexander's motives: modern interpretations of Alex
  • Coinage of Alex the Great: succession crisis
  • Monarchy and religion ruler cult
  • The Seleucid Kings: the Antigonids
  • The Ptolemies: the Hellenisation process
  • Seleucid Dura Europos
  • Hellenistic philosophy and political protest
  • Potters Oracle and Egyptian resistance to Ptolemaic rule
  • Anti-Hellenic reaction in Palestine
  • Rise of Parthian Empire and the Hellenistic world
  • Hellenistic religion

Course pathways

This unit is a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will extend your understanding of ancient history, and give you a deeper appreciation of the key events that occurred during Alexander’s invasion and the period immediately following his succession.

By critically analysing epigraphic and archaeological evidence, you will walk away from this unit with a greater appreciation for the way in which the Roman Empire emerged between the third and first century BC, and still leaves it mark on today’s society.

This knowledge is particularly handy to those interested in a career working as a museum curator, or in exploring the idea of further academic studies in ancient history.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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