Postgraduate taught 

Classics & Ancient History MSc

Topics in Ancient Egyptian Culture 2 CLASSIC5074

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course explores in detail key issues of historical and cultural importance in ancient Egypt, focusing on the patterns and challenges of daily life and the belief systems that underpinned it. Moving from an exploration of the ancient Egyptian microcosm embodied in the material self to the wider macrocosm that constituted society as a whole, key topics include personal piety and morality, beliefs in 'magic' and its applications in healing body and mind, and transformations of the self after death.


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Seminar Presentation ( 10 minutes) - 20%

Case Study/Portfolio - 30%

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to key characteristics of Egyptian society through diachronic cultural case studies, focusing on the trials and tribulations of daily life.


■ Define the relationship between self and society in ancient Egypt, particularly in terms of social mores, religious beliefs and practices, and transformative events like illness and death.


■ Encourage students to use primary source material and to critically analyse secondary source material to explore social and cultural topics and to express their opinions in a variety of media.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Illustrate a confident understanding, both in written and spoken form, of how ancient Egyptian daily life typically functioned, and how indigenous understandings of what was expected of a 'good Egyptian' developed over time.


■ Characterise and analyse key aspects of Egyptian society, including how these changed over time and across social groups.


■ Handle primary and secondary material and using them in their own analyses of key topics.

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.