Checking date: 28/07/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Prehistory and ancient history
Study: Bachelor in Humanities (213)

Coordinating teacher: ROMERO RECIO, MARIA MIRELLA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Geography, Contemporary History and Art

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities

1. Knowledge of the long-term historical processes that affect the study of Prehistory and Early History. 2. Knowledge of economic, social, political and cultural processes in Antiquity with special emphasis on the most relevant aspects for the expert in Humanities. 3. Knowledge of the main historiographical trends concerning the Ancient World. 4. Knowledge of the interconnection between past and present. 5. Acquisition of basic understandings regarding the sources and the methodology of the subject. a. Archaeology as an instrumental source and its problems. Current trends for the analysis of cultures with and without writing. b. Writings in the Ancient World and the problems arising from the use of the written sources. 6. Acquisition of skills in locating and using the different sources of information in the field of the Classical Studies (ancient sources and secondary literature). 7. Acquisition of specific skills in developing the ability to analyze and synthesize historical problems, as well as to undertake book reviews and basic research. 8. Acquisition of skills related to research and information management.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
UNIT 1. PREHISTORY Item 1. Prehistory: - Outline of the process of humanization. - The economy of hunter-gatherers. - The origins of abstraction: language, deposition of corpses and art. - The transition to the Neolithic Age. - The economy of production and the urban revolution. UNIT 2. THE MIDDLE EAST AND EGYPT Item 2. The origin of the state in Mesopotamia and Egypt and its evolution until the end of the third millennium. Item 3. The second millennium in the Middle East and Egypt. - The first half of the second millennium: the consolidation of empires. - The second half of the second millennium: the unstable balance between empires and palatial states. Item 4. The first millennium in the Middle East and Egypt. - Large territorial empires, Assyria and Babylonia. - The small eastern realms. The Persian Empire. Egypt. UNIT 3. GREECE Item 5. The Greek world, from its origins to the Homeric times. Item 6. The origins of the polis. The Archaic period in Hellas. Item 7. Greece in the Classical times. Item 8. Greece in the fourth century and the conquests of Alexander the Great. Item 9. The Hellenistic world. UNIT. ROME Item 10. The origins of Rome and the early Republic. Item 11. The imperialist Republic until Julius Caesar. Item 12. Augustus. Item 13. The Early Empire. Item 14. The Late Antiquity.
Learning activities and methodology
Total hours of student work : 150 h. Number of hours : Basic teachings : 21 h ( 14 classroom sessions of 1.30 h ) . Following the course schedule, the keys for the study of each topic will be presented to the students in order to provide them with an understanding of the historical processes that they will have to address in their individual training. Practical teachings: Tasks ( text commentaries , reviews, questionnaires , forums and work) : 21 h given in 14 h of face-to-face classes of 1:30 h each. Specialised tutorials (online): 16 h. Individual autonomous learning : 98 h . a ) Study of basic lessons : 50 h. b ) Study - development of practical works : 48 h. Assessment tests and / or exams: 10 h. Assessment test and / or written exams : 3 h.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • 1) V. FERNÁNDEZ. Prehistoria. El largo camino de la humanidad. alianza. 2008
  • 2) J. ALVAR et al.. Manual de Historia Universal 2. Historia Antigua,. H16. 1998
  • 3) P. BARCELÓ. Breve Historia de Grecia y Roma. alianza. 2010
  • 4) LOS MANUALES INDICADOS SON LOS DE REFERENCIA INICIAL.. Pueden ser sustituidos, con la aprobación del coordinador, por otros como:. todas. 2010 en adelante
  • 5) A. LEROI-GOURHAN,. La Prehistoria en el mundo.. Akal. 2003
  • 6) J. SANMARTÍN, J.M. SERRANO. Historia Antigua del Próximo Oriente. Mesopotamia y Egipto,. Akal. 2004
  • 8) J.M. ROLDÁN. Historia de Roma. Universidad de Slamanca. 1999

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.