Themes and Topics 2: State development, Empires and social life in the Near East: 6000 BCE to 300 BCE

Course content

This course will outline some of the key themes and debates from the Chalcolithic to later historical periods of the Middle East, covering the Near East and northeast Africa from the 5th to the 1st mill BCE. Proceeding chronologically, the course will cover a wide array of themes ranging from the importance of feasting in chiefdoms, state development and the origins of hierarchy to the larger empires of the later periods. The course will be taught by means of lectures, seminars and practical exercises.

The students will gain in-depth knowledge of chosen periods from proto-historic and historic archaeology and history of Southwest Asia (and to a lesser degree North Africa), and will critically examine the use of archaeological and historical data to interpret this record. Students will be able to engage with some relevant material culture in the practical exercises and use it to develop their own research questions. Completion of three short practical projects and their presentation is a mandatory course requirement. The course is taught in English.


Fagstudieordning Bacheloruddannelserne i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi og ægyptologi, 2019

Fagstudieordning BA-tilvalg i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi, ægyptologi 2019

Fagstudieordning Kandidatuddannelserne i nærorientalsk arkæologi, assyriologi og ægyptologi 2019.

Fagstudieordning Kandidattilvalg i assyriologi, nærorientalsk arkæologi, ægyptologi 2019


Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieording
Temaer og emne i nærorientalsk arkæologi 2 (aktivitetskode HNAB00201E)

BA tilvalg 2019-studieordning
Temaer og emner i nærorientalsk arkæologi 2 (aktivitetskode HNAB10351E)

KA 2019-studeordning
Archaeological Analysis (constituent for Near Eastern Archeology), (aktivitetskode HNAK03531E)

KA tilvalg 2019-studieordning
Critical Analysis of Materiel Culture (aktivitetskode HNAK13001E)

Exchange students BA level:
Themes and topics Near Eastern Archaeology (activity code HNAB10031)

Exchange students MA level:
Specialized Topics within the Field of Near Eastern Archeology (activity code HNAK13011E)


Lectures, exercises, discussion and student presentations

Teaching will be in English, and students will be expected to read literature in English

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 156,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 42
  • Project work
  • 100
  • Guidance
  • 2
  • Exam
  • 70
  • English
  • 412,5


Course number
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

Se skemalink nedenunder
Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Susanne Kerner   (6-7d7784807784527a877f407d8740767d)

Susanne Kerner,
Scott Haddow,

Saved on the 02-11-2022

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