Ancient Armenian History – Part 1
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The course provides a comprehensive yet concise foundation of ancient Armenian history. The curriculum is divided into eight lessons to provide an overview of the geography of Armenia, the relationship of Armenia with Indo-Europeans, Armenian governance structures, Armenian origination, and the issues of Armenian independence, social, political and economic development and on the history of the Armenian Church. The course has been designed as an overview of ancient Armenian history accessible to a wide audience.

Períodos oferecidos




Inverno de 2024

8 de dezembro (sexta-feira) – 23 de dezembro (domingo) de 2023

8 de janeiro (segunda-feira) – 12 de março (terça-feira)

Primavera de 2024

8 de março (sexta-feira) – 23 de março (domingo)

1 de abril (segunda-feira) – 4 de junho (terça-feira)

Verão de 2024

7 de junho (sexta-feira) – 22 de junho (domingo)

1de julho (segunda-feira) – 3 de setembro (terça-feira)

Outono de 2024

6 de setembro (sexta-feira) – 21 de setembro (domingo)

7 de outubro (segunda-feira) – 10 de dezembro (terça-feira)

Topics Covered

  • The Armenian Highland (native land);
  • The entire pre-historic communal social system in Armenia;
  • The Armenian Highland, the foreland of the Indo-European nations;
  • The oldest Armenian governmental formations;
  • The Van-Ararat Kingdom (Ourartoo);
  • Armenia during the Orontodian reign (VI-III B.C.);
  • The kingdom of Major Hayk during Artashes I reign;
  • The reinforcement of the Armenian State during the reign of Tigran the Great.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will have familiarity with the chronology of significant events in Armenian history; contextual knowledge of the place of Armenian history within world history; and practice with the processes of historical inquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.

Course Schedule

Week 0

Orientation Week Students become familiar with the Student Manual, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in the introductory discussion forum, and identify the time zone in which they are working. Students will also familiarize and verify the technical compliance with all the communication and learning tools to be used during the course.

Week 1-8

Lessons 1-8 (use of electronic texts and multimedia resources) 
Individual and small group activities

Week 3

Individual project due

Week 7

Group project due

Week 8

Final Exam

Course Requirements & Grading

Students are required to actively participate in on-line discussions, forums and chats, to participate in individual and collaborative activities, and to meet deadlines for assignments. Students are required to be familiar and comply with Academic Policy of AVC

Student performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the term according to the following: 

20% - participation
25% - individual project
25% - group project
30% - final exam

Grades will be assigned by letters according to AVC Grading Policy


Ani Dekirmenchyan

Teaching Methodology

The electronic resources have been designed for user-friendly access and comprehension by a broad audience. Activities and online discussions are supported by the illustration-writing, listening method, as well as the top-down method. Individual and collaborative student assignments are designed to engage students in authentic research and sharing of information. Students will gain from the course in direct relationship to the contributions they make to their own learning.

Course Materials

No hardcopy texts are required. Selected online resources will be included as a part of the lessons. Students are required to read/listen/view all material and complete all assignments.
The online resources are drawn from the publicly available professional historical literature, academic curricula, recent publications in professional journals, educational material used in schools, and from discussions of controversies within the science of history.
The electronic resources are designed for university and pre-university students, secondary school history teachers and adult learners in Armenia and the Diaspora.

Course Sources

  • The History of Armenian People: Volume I-VIII. (Yerevan: Academy of Sciences Press, 1967-84).
  • Danielyan E and Melkonyan A, (eds). The Armenian History. (Yerevan: 2008).
  • Melkonyan A. (ed). The Armenian History. (Yerevan: 1998).