Carol G Thomas
History of Greece from its Neolithic village origins to the present. Examines the different forms of one of the most resilient cultures in the human story. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 320; A.
The history of Greece is the story of one of the world's most durable cultures, reaching back to 7000 BCE. Two aids to tracking that history are the recognition of nine major phases and a tool of of archaeologists and anthropologists that focuses on the basic features of any culture. Use of these aids provides an understanding of the force of continuity as well as changes over time.
Student learning goals
Nature of the Greek world in each of its nine major phases focusing on the six basic aspects of culture
Understanding of basic chronology. Clearly a detailed chronology of nine thousand years is impossible to commit to memory although the divisions of the major phases are manageable.
Understanding the primary sources of information.
Appreciating the relation to other contemporary cultures.
Understanding change over time and the factors producing it.
Sensing the interplay between abiding elements and their significance for contemporary Greece
General method of instruction
Lectures 4 times/week; Sections once a week focused on interpretation of assigned reading in primary sources
Interest in examining one of the most long-lived cultures in world history. Readiness to participate in the work of understanding that situation. Appreciating the on-going way of life in Greece often under extraordinary difficult circumstances.
Class assignments and grading
Two in-class exams - each 25% of the course grade - a mid-term and a final.
Short weekly papers [ca. 2 pages] beginning on Monday of the second week of the quarter. Each will describe the key identifiers of the nature of Greek culture during the period investigated the previous week. After the first paper, discussion will also include comparison of those identifiers between beginning nature and that of the next period of time. 20%
A capstone essay addressing the cumulative change/continuity over time [ca. 10-12 pages]. The weekly papers together with lectures and reading assigned for the class will contribute significantly to the final analysis. 20%
Participation - 10%
Demonstration of grasp of issues addressed Sound command of the materials. Clarity of argument in the written work. Timeliness of submission. Participation.