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Deciphering the Minoans: the Civilisation of Bronze-Age Crete

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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Course Description

Popular knowledge of Bronze-Age Crete is clouded by myths about heroes and monsters. These legends are widely-known but they obscure our understanding of the Minoans, a long-lived and fascinating civilisation that dominated Crete for almost two thousand years. Since few (and mainly deciphered) written sources survive from the period, it is in archaeology that the key to unlocking the secrets of this mysterious culture can be found. This course will introduce students to the material culture of the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Age in Crete (c.3000-1100 B.C.). We will focus primarily on art and archaeology but we will also address wider issues such as the emergence of palace states in the second millennium B.C., the nature of society and the Minoan state, and the competing theories about the eventual demise of Minoan civilisation. In addition, Minoan art, architecture and burials will be considered in relation to questions about regionalism, religious and political authority, culture and ethnicity. 

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in the ancient world and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.

Learning and Teaching

This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.

Coursework and Assessment

Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 500-word source analysis and a 1000-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.

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As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

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