Introduction to ancient Egypt 1A ADED1052E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers the background necessary for students to read and write confidently about the history and social life of the ancient Egyptians from earliest history until the New Kingdom, c.3100-1500 BC. Students will learn about politics, religion and the rule of the pharaohs in Egypt at this time, and also about the wider history of the ancient world as revealed through Egypt's interaction with other nations.


Block 1

2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Tuesday, 14.00-16.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Week 6: Short essay (c. 1000-1200 words) (40%)

Week 10: Class test (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Present an overview of key events in ancient Egyptian history in its cultural context from the beginnings of pharaonic rule (c. 3000 BCE) to the start of the New Kingdom (c.1500 BCE)

■ Map out key sociological aspects governing society, notably the institution of kingship

■ Enable students to use primary and secondary sources confidently to reconstruct key facts about pharaonic society, religion and interactions with other nations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ Describe and discuss the characteristics that define Egyptian history from the Early Dynastic Period to the start of the New Kingdom (c. 3000-1500 BCE), including the most important pharaohs of those times

■ Accurately identify key sites and architecture from that time period

■ Demonstrate confidence in handling primary and secondary sources, both in interpreting them and critically analysing them.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.