Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy

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

Discover this lengthy period of Italian history with particular focus on archaeology. This online unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University offers you the chance to explore this crucial period, which has arguably played a momentous role in shaping languages and cultures across the world.

This extensive time frame has been broken down into shorter periods and categorised according to the dominant peoples and cultures in order to maximise your learning. Discuss the indigenous cultures and Mycenaeans of the late Bronze Age, plus the Villanovan culture found during the early Iron Age.

Improve your knowledge of the Greeks by investigating Pithecusae, an early Greek settlement, Greek colonisation in the west, and Greek Metapontion. Gain intimate knowledge of the foundation and early development of the settlement of Pompeii.

Discuss the culture found in Roman Pompeii, and become familiar with the area’s ecology, and the settlement’s economy. Upon completion of the unit you will have an understanding of the methodological and cultural factors in and elements of Italian archaeology, and will be prepared to use and interpret archaeological evidence in undertaking your own research.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you should have completed a level 2 major unit.

Areas of study

In this Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Developments in Italian archaeology
  • The late Bronze Age: indigenous cultures and the Mycenaeans
  • The early Iron Age: the Villanovan phase
  • Early Rome
  • Pithecusae: an early Greek settlement
  • Phoenicians in the West
  • Etruscan civilisation: an overview
  • Etruscan Caere and Tarquinia
  • Greek colonisation in the west: an overview
  • Greek Metapontion and Poseidonia
  • Pompeii’s foundation and early development: Roman Pompeii
  • Pompeii’s ecology and economy

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective 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?

This unit will help you to develop critical thinking skills, and to come to conclusions independently. Upon completion of the unit you will be capable of carrying out effective analysis of primary data, and will be familiar with the necessary processes and procedures to do so.

The assessments for this unit will require you to develop your written communication skills, as you will be expected to write in a coherent, analytical and persuasive manner.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy 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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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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