Animals in the Ancient World

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, provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, explores the role of animals in cultures of the ancient Mediterranean region. All taxonomic classes will be considered, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

The topics to be covered range from the use of animals in agriculture, hunting, warfare and entertainment, to their significance in religion, philosophy, symbolism and art. Through an assessment of artefacts, images and texts, students will investigate the ways in which both wild and domesticated species influenced the minds and behaviour of ancient civilisations such as the Romans and Egyptians.

This unit lasts for a duration of 13 weeks and assessment is made by essay (35%), online discussion (20%), report (20%) and a review (25%).

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have completed Level 1 and 2 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit

Areas of study

In this Animals in the Ancient World unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is an animal?
  • Representing animals in prehistory and the ancient Near East
  • Representing animals in the Classical world
  • Hunting practices
  • Domestication of species
  • Agriculture and animal husbandry
  • Animal exploitation
  • Animals in Egyptian religion
  • Animals in Roman religion
  • Animals in Greek religion
  • Entertainment
  • Warfare
  • Animals in philosophy and ethics

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

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?

Upon finishing the unit, you will be able to understand the role that animals have played in shaping ancient societies such as Greece, Rome and Egypt and you will know the ways in which both wild and domesticated species influenced the minds and behaviour of ancient peoples.

You will also have learnt about the use of animals in many different areas such as agriculture, hunting, warfare and entertainment. Such a varied understanding will be advantageous to individuals looking to pursue a career in ancient history, cultural studies and even zoology.

By learning about different animals' significance in religion, philosophy, symbolism and art you will be able to appreciate the value of different forms of evidence, such as art, artefacts and texts for analysing cultural history.

The online discussion element of assessment means that you will be able to think independently and express your ideas clearly online. The other forms of assessment will develop your writing and research skills.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Animals in the Ancient World 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 may be 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 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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