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A survey of the career of Alexander the Great (336 to 323 BC) with special attention to problems of source interpretation.
The course looks at the career and policies of one of history’s most fascinating rulers, Alexander the Great, who in a sweeping military adventure of epic scope put together an empire extending from the Adriatic to the Indus River. The course, however, tries to focus less on the “adventure story” and more on the cold reality with a particular focus on the surviving primary sources.
By the end of the course students will be familiar both with Alexander's achievements and with the primary sources on which our modern depictions of Alexander are based.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points at 100 level from CLAS, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
CLAS111 or any 100-level course in CLAS.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
The Campaigns of Alexander
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973 (Trans. de Sélincourt, Rev. Hamilton).
Bosworth, A. B;
Conquest and empire : the reign of Alexander the Great
Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Domestic fee $844.00
International fee $3,950.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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