Studying the Ancient Near East at the University of Helsinki

Studying the ancient near east

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Studies on the Ancient Near East are available in the University of Helsinki  programmes for Bachelor's and Master's degree in languages. The degree programmes are only available to fluent speakers of Finnish or Swedish. For more details on applying, please see the Finnish translation of this page.

Studies on the Ancient Near East produce specialists who are able to analyze and interpret original sources, such as cuneiform texts in Akkadian and Sumerian. Studies include courses on languages, cultures, and research methodology. In addition to Akkadian and Sumerian, courses on other ancient Near Eastern languages are available, as well as courses on cultures and history.

Doctoral studies and post-doctoral research can be pursued at the University of Helsinki, and specifically with the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE). Doctoral studies and a career in research do not require fluency in Finnish or Swedish. You can read more on the current research projects of ANEE members here.


Courses on the Ancient near east in 2022-2023


Basic and intermediate courses

KIK-LI111 Akkadi 1 ('Akkadian 1') (5 cr), Saana Svärd & Repekka Uotila, Period I-II
KIK-LI113 Aramaic 1 (5 cr), Jonathan Valk, Period I-II (alternative codes KIK-HE214, TUK-L2104, TUM-V3206, TUM-V3207)
KIK-LI121 Muinaisen Lähi-idä tutkimuksen lähtökohtia ('Basis of studying the Ancient Near East') (5 cr), Saana Svärd, Period I-II
KIK-LI123 Muinaisen Lähi-idän materiaalinen kulttuuri ('Material culture in the Ancient Near East') (5 cr), Marta Lorenzon, Period I-II
KIK-LI224 From Nile to Indus: The History of the Persian Empire (5 cr), Uzume Wijnsma, Period I-II
KIK-LI112 Akkadi 2 ('Akkadian 2') (5 cr), Aleksi Sahala, Period III-IV
KIK-LI212 Muinaisegypti 2 ('Ancient Egyptian 2') (5 cr), Kaisa Autere, Period III-IV
KIK-LI213 Akkadian 3 (5 cr), Evelien Vanderstraeten, Period III-IV
KIK-LI221 Muinaisen Lähi-idän tutkimushistoriaa ja metodologiaa (5cr), Tero Alstola & Lena Tambs, Period III-IV
KIK-LI229 Proseminaari ('Proseminar') (4 cr), Saana Svärd, Period I-IV

Advanced courses

KIM-LI332 Gender and Power Dynamics within the Ancient Near East (5 cr), Adrianne Spunaugle, Period I-II
KIM-LI343 GIS applications in Near Eastern Archaeological Landscapes (5 cr), Stefan Smith, Period I or III (alternative codes KUMA-AR311a, KUMA-AR311b, KUMA-AR314)
KIM-LI331 Reception of the Ancient Near East in film (5 cr), Jason Silverman, Period III-IV (alternative code TUK-2621)