University: University of Alexandria
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, Obligatory course for students from different backgrounds other than Archaeology or History
Course Description
I. Basic Information 

Course code: 
Course Title: Introduction to Egyptian History 

Academic Program: Museum Studies, Obligatory course for students from different backgrounds other that Archaeology or History 

Course Type: Compulsory ✔ Elective 

Hours/week: 3 theoretical: 3 practical: 
Credit Hours: 3 

II. Course Aims 

1 This course aims to: 2 Examine the history of Egypt throughout the periods from the earliest epochs to modern times. 3 Provide a broad survey of the history of Egypt. 4 Enable students to examine both the differences and the similarities between the different periods and to understand the factors which influenced Egyptian historical development. 5 Provide students with the critical thinking skills necessary to question and understand historical events. 

III. Intended Learning Outcomes 

a. Knowledge and Understanding 
1. Define the characteristics of each historical period. 2. Understand the major transitional periods of the Egyptian history. 3. Enumerate the rulers of each epoch. 4. Understand the influence of other nations on the Egyptian history. 

1. Intellectual Skills 
5. Analyze the various characteristics of the historical periods in Egypt. 6. Compare political events that took place in different epochs and led to major results and changes. 7. Distinguish between powerful rulers and others with lesser impacts. 

1. Professional Skills 
8. Apply learnt results on contemporary historical events. 9. Design a chart of genealogy of rulers in a given period. 10. Write a report on historical periods. 

1. General & Transferable skills 
11. Use the internet to collect data. 12. Work in groups and share knowledge. 13. Participate in oral discussions. 14. Give a presentation on a given topic. 

IV. Course Contents 

Topics covered by this course include: Prehistory of Egypt History of Egypt in the Dynastic Period from the First Dynasty to the end of the First Intermediate Period. History of Egypt in the Dynastic Period from the Middle Kingdom to the end of the 30th Dynasty. The rule of Alexander the Great. The Ptolemaic Period The Roman period The Byzantine Period The Islamic Period (From the reign of the Rightly Guided Caliphs till the end of the Mamluk era) The Ottoman Period The Modern and Contemporary Period 

V. Teaching and Learning Methods 

 Lectures  Analyzing case studies  Discussions and brain storming  PowerPoint Presentations 

VI. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities 

 Additional lectures if needed.  Analyzing case studies  510 m. revision of previous topics in the beginning of each lecture.  Discussions.  Individual activities to get students' feedback.  Group researches and presentations.  Distributing handouts of lecture content at the end of each lecture. 

VII. Students Assessment 

a. Assessment methods 
 Power Point Presentations.  Writing reports on a given era.  Quizzes  Written exam 

b. Assessment schedule and weight 
Assessment 
week 
% of total mark 

Report on the History of ancient Egypt till the end of the Roman Period 
6 
10% 

Quiz 
7 
10% 

Report on the History of Egypt in the Byzantine and Islamic eras 
9 
10% 

Presentation on a chosen period 
11 
10% 

Final Exam 
15 
60% 

VIII. List of References 

Shaw (ed.), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt(Oxford: Oxford University Press 2000). Ch. Freeman, Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean , Oxford University Press, UK, 2014 G.Gabra.,Coptic Monasteries, AUC press,Cairo,2002 Gamal alDin alShayal, History of Islamic Egypt, vol. 1,2, Egypt. Bagley, Robert, (ed.), 2001. Ancient Sichuan: Treasures from a lost civilization , Princeton: Princeton University Press. Bairoch, Paul, 1993. Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes . University of Chicago Press. Bardi, Piero, 1997. The Atlas of the Classical World: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome , Peter Bedrick Books. Brotton, J., 2006. The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction. Esposito, John , 2000. Oxford History of Islam. OxfordUniversity Press. Mertz, Barbara, 1978. RedLand, BlackLand: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt . Dodd Mead. Mertz, Barbara, 1981. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt . Bedrick. 

O. Meinardus, Christian Egypt Ancient and Modern,Second Edition,AUC Press,Cairo,1997. J. Y. Empereur, Alexandrie Redécouverte, Fayard Stock, Paris, 1998. M. Capuani, Christian Egypt (Coptic art and Monuments through two Millennia) ,AUC press,Cairo,2000. I. Shaw,Exploring Ancient Egypt(Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003). S. Ikram, Ancient Egypt, An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009) B. G. Trigger, Understanding Early Civilizations: A Comparative Study , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014. Carl F. Petry (ed.), The Cambridge History of Egypt: Islamic Egypt 6401517 , vol. 1, 1998. Jason Thompson, The History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to Present , USA, 2009. 

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.  BIFAO online: http://www.ifao.egnet.net/bifao/  JARCE: Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, since 1962. 

IX. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes 

Topic 
week 
Knowledge & Understanding 
Intellectual Skills 
Professional Skills 
General & Transferable Skills 

Overview of the history of Egypt 
1 
a1 




The Prehistory of Egypt 
2 
a1 


d1 d3 

The Dynastic Period 
3 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 
d1 d3 

The Dynastic Period 
4 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 c3 
d1 d3 

The rule of Alexander the Great and the Ptolemies 
5 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 
d1 d3 

The Roman Period 
6 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 
d1 d3 

MidTerm Exam 
7 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 c3 


The Byzantine Period 
8 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 c3 
d1 d3 

The Islamic Period (From the reign of the Rightly Guarded Caliphs till the end of the end of the Fatimid era) 
9 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 
d1 d3


The Islamic Period (From the Fatimid till the end of the Mamluk era) 
10 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 c3 
d1 d3 

Presentations 
11 
a1a2 a3 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 
d1 d2 d3 d4 

The Ottoman Period 
12 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c2 
d1 d3 

The Modern and Contemporary Period 
13 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c1 c2 
d1 d3 

Highlights on historical events 
14 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c1 c2 
d3 

Final Exam 
15 
a1 a2 a3 a4 
b1 b2 b3 
c1 c2 

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