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History. See the future. It’s in the past.

The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. All developed countries maintain a National Archive and historical professions, both of which are paid for out of taxpayer money. This is in recognition of the simple fact that knowledge of the past is essential to society. What happens in the present, and what will happen in the future, is very much governed by what happened in the past. Without knowledge of the past we would be without identity, we would be lost on an endless sea of time. Learn about history the smart way with History courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Ibn Battuta Course: Muslim Traveller of the 14th Century

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time. He set out from his native city of Tangier in 1325 at the age of 21 on a pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned, 29 years later, he had visited most of the Muslim world as far as China. This course will examine the first part of his remarkable journey; his travels from Tangier to Constantinople (modern Istanbul). We will explore the contemporary cultures that Ibn... [More]
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Egypt's Golden Age Course: The Pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course examines the 18th Dynasty (1570-1293 BC) when Egypt acquired an Empire in the Near East and Nubia. We will explore the history of Egypt from the expulsion of the Hyksos down to the end of the 18th Dynasty. This was a period when the country was at its most cosmopolitan, wealthy and dynamic, an era of pharaohs such as Tuthmosis I, Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. The course examines the... [More]
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Out of Africa Course: The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Archaeological research has been able to identify important examples of the evolution of modern humans from ape-like ancestors. Important finds were made by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge which made it clear that early humans arose in east Africa. Subsequent finds, including the famous ‘Lucy’ in Ethiopia have made it clear Australopithecus afarensis is out oldest direct hominin ancestor. This course traces the evolution of humans using the... [More]
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The Lost Kingdoms of Southern Africa Course

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Archaeological research has identified important developments in the evolution of society in Southern Africa. The San Bushmen were the native hunter-gatherer peoples of the region. Subsequently, Khoi pastoralists entered the region and were followed by Bantu speaking farmers from central Africa. They created the first urban societies in the region including the Kingdom of Mapungubwe on the Limpopo River. In medieval times, the Kingdom of... [More]
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Alexander's Heirs Course: The Ptolemies of Egypt

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join us in examining the rise and fall of the Ptolemaic Dynasty from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra VII. Ptolemy I was the Macedonian general of Alexander who took possession of Egypt and founded the Ptolemaic Dynasty. He created the lighthouse and mouseion, a centre of learning with associated library in Alexandria. The Ptolemies created an Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean and contested against the Hellenistic period Seleucid rulers... [More]
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Iran Study Day: The Glory of Ancient Persia

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Few countries can boast of such an illustrious past as Iran (ancient Persia). Join us for this richly-illustrated Study Day in which we examine Iran’s most powerful empires. Among the sites we visit are the awe-inspiring Achaemenid palaces and tombs of Persepolis, Susa, and Naqsh-i Rustam. We will also enter the lesser known, but equally powerful, world of the Sasanians whose opulent palaces and rock carvings at Bishapur and Firuzabad,... [More]
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Medieval Sicily Course: Byzantines, Arabs and Normans

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Sicily is located in the centre of the Mediterranean and has always been a cross roads of various cultures. In late antiquity the island was ruled by the Vandals, Goths and then the Byzantine Empire. In mediaeval times Sicily was invaded by Muslims from North Africa who created a dynamic multi-cultural society. Their ‘Emirate of Sicily’ was conquered in 1061 by the Norman Dukes Robert Guiscard and Roger I. Roger II subsequently created a... [More]
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History of Archaeology Course

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Learn about the history of archaeology while handling museum artefacts from the University of Sydney’s Nicholson museum. In this course, you will gain an understanding of archaeology and how it has developed as an academic discipline over three centuries. Epochs of archaeological enquiry from antiquarianism through to a modern experimental scientific approach are considered. The work of great archaeologists of the past are also examined,... [More]
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History of Archaeology Course

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Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course introduces you to the history of Ireland – its beliefs, legends, customs, festival celebrations and storytelling traditions, as well as the small matters of history, geography and religion. Irish history from the past to the present is covered, encompassing luminary figures in history that have shaped the politics of this country. Outcomes By the end of this course, you should be able to: demonstrate a general understanding of... [More]
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Constantine the Great Course: Unconquered Emperor

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Roman Emperor from AD 306-337, Constantine the Great was one of the most influential figures in human history. His father Flavius Constantius was ‘Augustus’, senior western Emperor in Diocletian’s Tetrarchy. Constantine was proclaimed Emperor in Britain when his father died in 306 and he later emerged victorious in a series of civil wars with the Emperors Maxentius and Licinius to become sole emperor in 324. Whilst Emperor, Constantine... [More]
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