date_range Starts on September 28, 2015
event_note End date October 2, 2015
list 4 sequences
assignment Level : Introductive
label History
chat_bubble_outline Language : English
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timer 12 hours in total

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Experience the world’s first international age, 3,500 years ago in the ancient Near East, with this free online course.

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Syllabus

Over four weeks, this free online course explores four ancient Near-Eastern cultures and how they interacted with each other 3,500 years ago. Tracking the Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers Travel, diplomacy, trade and warfare feature, as we track the ancient Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers. We will see how they came into contact with each other in their efforts to extend their influence into the ever-contested Syria-Palestine lands. We will examine objects from the University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology - one of the most important collections of artefacts in the UK - enabling you to learn not only about the history of this period, but also how experts use artefacts to reconstruct the past. Using the present to illuminate the past The archaeological evidence that we will consult is often disparate and fragmentary, so in order to understand it better, we will look into current approaches to international relations and discuss modern parallels with an expert from our Department of Politics. Accessing ancient landscapes Our experts will familiarise you with the ancient Near-Eastern landscapes and introduce you to key objects that featured in diplomacy and warfare at this time in the distant past. You will also consider the bigger picture, as empires prospered and floundered in the struggle to become the main superpower of the ancient Near East.
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Instructors

  • Glenn Godenho
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Platform

Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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