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Ancient history

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Course ID: 3104-L3HST2-ANG Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.3 / (0222) History and archaeology
Course title: Ancient history Name in Polish: Ancient history
Department: Faculty of History
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty dla I roku studiów licencjackich (program kier. Historia od 2019 r.)
(in Polish) Zajęcia obcojęzyczne w IH UW
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 4.00
Language: English
Type of course:

elective courses

Prerequisites (description):

The participants need to have a good knowledge of English. This will be checked by an online interview, to be fixed by email (please, send a message to


(in Polish) w sali

Short description:

This seminar class aims at introducing students to the research methods used by the historians of antiquity. Their participants learn to use primary and secondary sources, as well as other tools characteristic of classical studies. All classes are focused on specific topics, but aim to show a bigger picture of the analysed phenomena.

Full description:

This seminar class aims at introducing students to the research methods used by the historians of antiquity. All the classes are focused on specific topics, selected in order to show different social, political and religious phenomena and particularly various types of evidence. The participants of the class learn to read critically both primary and secondary sources, and to use other tools characteristic of classical studies. All these skills are employed to solve specific problems, but the student also learn to get a big picture of the analysed phenomena. Every class requires substantial beforehand reading and active participation in the discussion during the seminar. For the list of subjects see below.


See below.

Learning outcomes:

After the end of the cycle the students should have in-depth knowledge of selected topic in ancient history. They should understand conditions and circumstances of specific historical events and broader phenomena characteristic of this period. They should be familiar with selected primary sources and able to study them critically. They should be able to find relevant secondary sources and assess the presented argument, discuss the studied issues, justify or modify their position, and use relevant terminology.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

In order to pass the students should participate actively and competently in the class, demonstrating that they have read and thought through both primary and secondary literature. Additionally, they will be expected to complete a few minor tasks (pass a test of the knowledge of the map, make a summary of an article, performing a research in a database). Those who will not meet these requirements will need additionally to pass an oral test in the summer examination period. The participants should not miss more than three classes, and after each absence, except the first one, should read all the primary and secondary literature from the syllabus anyway and discuss the topic of the class with the teacher during his office hours.

Classes in period "Summer semester 2020/21" (in progress)

Time span: 2021-02-22 - 2021-06-13
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Class, 30 hours, 12 places more information
Coordinators: Robert Wiśniewski
Group instructors: Robert Wiśniewski
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Course - Grading
Class - Grading
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