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HIST3010 Macedon in the 4th Century BC: the work of Philip II and Alexander III (The Great)

40 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Mr IS Moxon

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective


To investigate in depth the reign of Philip II and Alexander the Great. To develop research skills and the use of primary material.

Skills outcomes
Further enhances Common Skills listed below:

- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.

Skills in interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.


Philip acceded to the throne of Macedon at a moment when his country, politically fragmented and culturally retarded by comparison with many states in the Greek world, had been defeated and had suffered serious territorial losses. Within twenty-five years he, by means of his outstanding military and diplomatic skills, restored and extended its frontiers, created political unity in the state, made it the greatest power in the Balkan peninsula and immensely raised its cultural level. At the time of his death he was contemplating an invasion of Asia.

This project was inherited by his son, Alexander, whose military ability, energy, ambition and political vision far exceeded those of his remarkable father. Within the thirteen years of his reign he added an immense Near and Middle Eastern empire to the territories ruled by Macedon and was believed at the time of his death to have ambitions in the Western Mediterranean.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Exam preparation; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 356 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 50.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/07/2010


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