The Golden Empire of Ancient Egypt

Ref: C3528537

The Golden Empire or the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt represents one of the most prosperous periods of a culture that flourished for three millennia. In this course we will review the history, art, artefacts, tombs and temples of the period as well as reviewing Egypt's international policy in the near east and Nubia. We discuss the extraordinary reign of Hatshepsut, the most prominent female pharaoh of ancient Egypt until the much later Cleopatra VII. We investigate the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten and trace the rise and fall of his extraordinary reforms and his successor the boy king Tutankhamun. Another well-known Pharaoh is Ramesses II and we discuss the famous battle of Kadesh, and later the harem conspiracy of his namesake Ramesses III.

Course aim

This course will review one of the great periods of ancient Egypt, the New Kingdom including the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut and Ramesses II.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- The sessions will be based on well-illustrated presentations with lots of chance for interaction. There will be an opportunity (but certainly not a requirement) for students to give a short presentation on a relevant topic.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor - Informal ongoing feedback

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Pen and paper for notes may be useful

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required - No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful - If time allows reading an introduction to ancient Egypt will be very useful but is not essential.

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Online courses, museum visits, etc.

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The Golden Empire of Ancient Egypt Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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