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Sumerian and Mesopotamian Civilisations Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

As long as 4,000 years ago, there was a region that was so advanced that some of the innovations that developed from there, such as the wheel and the zodiac, are still in use today. That place is Mesopotamia, an ancient land that covered modern-day Iraq, and the first civilisation it bore – which is also the first civilisation in the world – was called Sumer.

In the Sumerian and Mesopotamian Civilisations Diploma Course, you will learn exactly how advanced these ancient people were. You will study their mastery of irrigation and agriculture, how they developed complex urban societies, and their incredible ways of thinking about the world through writing, art, literature, astrology and even warfare.

The Sumerian and Mesopotamian Civilisations Diploma Course begins by laying the foundations of the subject with a geographical study of where Mesopotamia was and providing a chronological breakdown of the different people and empires that resided in ancient Mesopotamia. From t...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: The Origins of Mesopotamia and the Influence of Sumer
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Where is Mesopotamia?
  • Part 2: Stone Age to the First Civil Age in Mesopotamia
  • Part 3: The Rise and Fall of Sumer
  • Part 4: By the Rivers of Babylon
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: Sumerian Innovations and Inventions
  • Part 1: The ‘39 Firsts’
  • Part 2: Time, Numbers, Astrology and Writing
  • Part 3: The Concept of the City
  • Part 4: Mass Production, the Wheel and Chariot, Hydraulic Engineering and the First Sailboat
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: Cities and Architecture
  • Part 1: Urban Planning
  • Part 2: Houses and Temples in Ancient Sumerian Cities
  • Part 3: City-States
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: The Religion of Ancient Sumerians
  • Part 1: The Power of Priests
  • Part 2: Cosmology and the Sumerian Creation Myth
  • Part 3: Humankind’s Place in the World
  • Part 4: Primary Deities
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: Writing and Literature
  • Part 1: Sumerian Cuneiform and Token System
  • Part 2: The Beginning of Literature
  • Part 3: Similarities Between Sumerian Literature and Biblical Stories
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: The Rise and Fall of the Sumerian Civilisation
  • Part 1: The Importance of the River and How City-States Came to Be
  • Part 2: The Sumerian King List
  • Part 3: The Beginning of the End of the Sumerians
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: The Akkadian Empire
  • Part 1: Introduction to the Akkadian Empire
  • Part 2: King Sargon the Akkadian, First Emperor of Mesopotamia
  • Part 3: Achievements of the First Empire
  • Part 4: The Akkadian Empire Under Naram-Sin
  • Part 5: The Third Dynasty of Ur and the Birth of Abraham
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: The Assyrians
  • Part 1: Introduction to the Assyrians
  • Part 2: The Old Kingdom and the Middle Kingdom
  • Part 3: The Neo-Assyrian Empire and the Fall of the Assyrian Empire
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: Babylon – The Centre of Mesopotamian Civilisation
  • Part 1: The Origins of Babylon
  • Part 2: Hammurabi and the Rise of Babylon
  • Part 3: The End of the Rule of Hammurabi and the Dark Ages
  • Part 4: Rebuilding Babylon
  • Part 5: Maths, Science and Astrology
  • Part 6: How Babylon Became (In)Famous
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10: Cyrus the Great and the Demise of Mesopotamia
  • Part 1: The Persian Invasion of Babylon
  • Part 2: The Demise of Mesopotamia
  • Part 3: Classical Antiquity (500 BCE – 7th Century AD) and the Legacy of the Mesopotamians
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
A restored Sumerian temple ziggurat in ancient Ur (Iraq)

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you love history and discovering other cultures, but don’t know about the Sumerian and Mesopotamian civilisations, you’re really missing out. This course will fill in the blanks of your historical understanding and open you up to a whole new world that is the foundation of our own.

For so long, Mesopotamia has been in the shadow of other fascinating cultures such as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome but their histories are actually closely tied. This course will take you on a journey through the Sumerian and Mesopotamian civilisations and all the inventions and innovations that they are responsible for that we still use today.

Accreditations

The Sumerian and Mesopotamian Civilisations Diploma Course will take you up to 50 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 50 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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