INSTRUCTOR: DR. CHRYSOSTOMOS KOSTOPOULOS, Turlington Hall 3328, (352) 392-8902
OFFICE HOURS: 10-11:45 AM M-F, OR BY APPOINTMENT
TEACHING ASSISTANT: Ken Silverman, Rolfs Hall 207, email@example.com
COURSE CONTENT: The impact of ancient Greek culture and civilization on the Western World is tremendous. Everything from politics, philosophy, science, art, literature and sports was impacted in some way by the ancient Greeks. Therefore it is not surprisingly that the study of ancient Greek civilization and culture is a standard part of our liberal arts education. However, many disregard the cultural and historical continuity of the Greek people and overlook the significance of modern Greece in its contemporary role. From the creation of the Modern Greek state at the beginning of the 19th c. to today, Modern Greek civilization continues to expand upon the ancient traditions representing a uniquely diverse fusion of the old with the new.
This is a broad interdisciplinary course that will attempt to provide an overview of the timeless achievements of the Greeks from the ancient to modern times putting special emphasis on the continuity of the Greek civilization. During the semester we will examine some important aspects of Greek history, science, and politics, in addition to culture, literature and the arts. Special mention will be given to the financial crisis and the political developments after the recent elections of 2015.
The class is taught in English and there are no special requirements.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES:
To become familiar with the key events in the ancient and modern Greek history.
To be able to identify what makes ancient Greece a unique and fascinating civilization and to be able to demonstrate the continuity between ancient and modern Greek civilizations.
To become familiar with the enduring influence and the vast contributions of the Greeks in fields such as politics, science, arts, culture, etc. (eg. The importance of Greek rationalism as the foundation for the Western philosophical tradition, Hippocratic medicine and Greek science, democracy and political organization).
To be able to demonstrate the impact of modern Greece on contemporary European events and current developments (eg. The victory of the Greeks against Mussolini’s forces in WWII, The European Financial Crisis, European integration etc.)
TEXTBOOK:There is no textbook required for this course. The class notes as well as all secondary material (articles, etc.) will be posted on the Sakai web site.
• Mid-Term 1, 25 points (FEBRUARY 11)
• Mid-Term 2, 25 points (MARCH 17)
• Final, 25 points (APRIL 19)
• Attendance, quizzes, assignments, 25 points
Please note that all readings, written assignments and exams must be completed by or on the date indicated on the syllabus and will not be rescheduled or accepted late. Requests of any special accommodations must be made to the course instructor in writing and in advance of the class or exam time.
You are more than welcome to discuss any of these requirements or assignments with the professor.
ATTENDANCE: Note that class attendance is required for this course and constitutes 5% of your grade. You will be permitted 3 unexcused absences, after which you lose your attendance points. The instructor will regularly circulate an attendance sheet, which you should sign. Signing for others is considered academic dishonesty. Repeated absences may affect your performance on final exam and quizzes since they will be based on the class lectures. Also missing class means possibly missing quizzes (unannounced quizzes) and late submission of homework assignments.
According to the Office of the University Registrar, “acceptable reasons for absence from class include illness, serious family emergencies, special curricular requirements (e.g., judging trips, field trips, professional conferences), military obligation, severe weather conditions, religious holidays and participation in official university activities such as music performances, athletic competition or debate. Absences from class for court-imposed legal obligations (e.g., jury duty or subpoena) must be excused.”
For further information about the University of Florida’s attendance policy, please see the current Undergraduate Catalogue
QUIZZES: There will be quizzes during the semester based on course readings and class discussion and lectures. The format will multiple-choice questions. These will not be difficult, but will be intended to test whether you have done the readings and are prepared for class.
Together with attendance and other assignments these quizzes will constitute 25% of your grade.
Academic dishonesty, including cheating on exams and plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Any student engaging in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with University policy. It is your responsibility to know what constitutes plagiarism, and what the university policies are. If you have doubts, we would be happy to discuss with you. Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for more information on the Student Honor code
If you have questions about these policies, we would be happy to discuss them with you.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
If you have a disability that may affect your performance in this class, you should contact the Dean of Students Office (www.dso.ufl.edu/drp/) so that special arrangements can be made to accommodate you. It is your responsibility to do so at the beginning of the semester.
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Course Outline Week 1 (January 5/7) Introduction
1. Syllabus, discussion of course objectives, requirements, exam format, important course dates etc.
2. Introduction, the importance of Greek civilization for the western world. Ancient and modern Greek identity. Continuity in Greek culture and civilization.