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The Prehistory of the Ancient Near East (10,000-3500 BC)

The 'Neolithic Revolution' is widely seen as a time of dramatic change in settlement patterns, subsistence strategies, religion and social structure. On our Prehistory of the Ancient Near East short course we ask the following questions: What prompted these changes? How widespread were they? Did they affect man’s beliefs and material culture? We will also explore how recent excavations challenge our assumptions and shed new light on prehistoric art, ritual and technology.

We will discuss the following topics as part of this short course:

  • Geography, climate and environment
  • Prehistoric art and religion
  • First settlements, farming and animal husbandry: theories and facts
  • Burial customs and cults
  • Early technologies
  • Social complexity and early urbanism
  • Administration and the origin of writing
  • Trade and exchange
  • World systems and emerging states

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 29-Apr-21 6.30pm-8.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC188H4ACB