Ancient History Capstone, an online unit provided by Macquarie University, is a publication project on an approved topic relevant to the study of ancient history.
Delivered through Open Universities Australia, students will be tasked with amassing, analysing, evaluating and interpreting a range of primary and secondary sources and exploring their research question within the context of contemporary historical debates and ideas.
Students will participate in seminars, engage in regular discussions and take part in a work-in-progress interview and outline. They will also create a bibliographical portfolio and a learning journal. The end result will be a 5,000-word paper with a coherent argument running throughout, which meets the scholarly standards required for peer-reviewed academic publications in the realm of ancient history.
The unit will help equip students with an understanding of some of the basic historical developments that shaped the ancient world. It will also give students ample practice in interpreting primary sources and evaluating other historians’ interpretation of these sources to a high level.
You should only complete this unit having already undertaken substantial studies in ancient history, as it is intended to bring together all of your previous learnings.
Areas of study
In this Ancient History Capstone unit, the topics you will study include:
Aims and methods 1: history and historiography
Aims and methods 2: language studies
Aims and methods 3: archaeology
Aims and methods 4: epigraphy
Aims and methods 5: numismatics
WIP: work-in-progress – interviews and outlines
Key themes 1: social history
Key themes 2: cultural history
This unit is an approved elective for the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
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Ancient History Capstone provides students with an opportunity to bring together all of the skills and knowledge that they have amassed in previous ancient history units to create 5,000 words of rigorously researched, coherent argument on a topic relevant to the field. Successful completion of this unit will mean that the student is able to cite concrete evidence of their ability to write a scholarly essay on a topic of ancient history at an academic level.
Students will also gain a good understanding of major themes and events that have shaped ancient history. They will benefit from experience in sourcing and analysing primary sources at an advanced level, as well as forming historical arguments that possess academic rigour.
This unit is well suited to students that are considering a career directly related to ancient history, or are interested in pursuing history at a higher academic level.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Ancient History Capstone from Macquarie University.
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Government financial support through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, 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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