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Sumerian and Mesopotamian Civilisations Diploma

Centre of Excellence Online Ltd
Course summary
150 hours
105.83 GBP excl. VAT
English
Online courses
Professional Training
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Course description

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 this overview, we dive straight into an exploration of some of the better-known Sumerian inventions, including the basic concepts of time and a city, the use of clay and the development of bricks, the wheel, the chariot, hydraulic engineering, and the sailboat.

You’ll be introduced to the development of the concept of a city and the city-state in Sumerian culture. You’ll study the different types of buildings that featured in a Sumerian city and the main features of this civilisation’s architecture.

We examine the role of religion in Sumerian civilisation, Sumerian cosmology, their Creation Myth and the primary deities they worshipped. We also look into the formation of cuneiform - the world’s first writing system - and discuss the rich literary tradition that cuneiform instigated.

You’ll learn of the importance of rivers in Sumerian and Mesopotamian culture, the rise of the city-states, the constant fighting for land and water, and how all three coalesced to cause the downfall of the world’s first civilisation.

We observe the rise and fall of the Akkadian Empire - learning about the first emperor, Sargon the Great, as well as the rich contributions the Akkadians made to the world. We look at the periods in which the Assyrians rose to power, the various kings who were most significant during these eras, and the contributions – good and bad – that they made to their own world and the world that continued long after their empire disappeared.

You’ll be introduced to two of the most important kings in Babylon and Mesopotamian history – King Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar II - who ruled during the Neo-Babylonian era. You will also study the contributions that this remarkable city made to humankind, from the first written laws to astronomy and the zodiac.

The course concludes with a look into the final few centuries of the Mesopotamian civilisation. This includes learning about the various foreign powers that overtook the region, including the Persians under Cyrus II  and the Greeks under Alexander the Great.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know why Mesopotamia is so important to civilisation
  • Understand why Sumer was considered the ‘Cradle of Civilisation’
  • Be familiar with the different empires that formed Mesopotamian history
  • Appreciate the many innovations and inventions developed by the Sumerians that are still in use today
  • Be aware of the different features of art and architecture throughout the history of Mesopotamia
  • Understand the role of religion and the primary deities of Sumer and other Mesopotamian cultures
  • Be familiar with the world’s first writing system, cuneiform
  • Be aware of the major works of Mesopotamian literature
  • Comprehend the contribution the Akkadians, Assyrians and Babylonians made to the world
  • Know who the rulers of Mesopotamia were
  • Have knowledge of some of the most important Mesopotamian artworks and cultural artefacts
  • Understand what happened to the Mesopotamian civilisation

Outcome / Qualification etc.


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.

Training Course Content

Module 1: The Origins of Mesopotamia and the Influence of Sumer

Module 2: Sumerian Innovations and Inventions

Module 3: Cities and Architecture

Module 4: The Religion of Ancient Sumerians

Module 5: Writing and Literature

Module 6: The Rise and Fall of the Sumerian Civilisation

Module 7: The Akkadian Empire

Module 8: The Assyrians

Module 9: Babylon The Centre of Mesopotamian Civilisation

Module 10: Cyrus the Great and the Demise of Mesopotamia

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