Examines special topics in history.
Athens: Window to Greek history?
This course examines the historical development of the city of Athens from a Bronze Age settlement to the multicultural capital of Greece in the twenty-first century. Topics to be examined include the ancient Athenian democracy, the Athenian empire during the fifth-century BC, Athens during the Byzantine and Ottoman eras and the urban and demographic expansion of Athens during the twentieth century. This is a “writing” course that will be conducted as a senior research seminar. Students will have to write a research paper and make a presentation of their findings in class. Some knowledge of Greek history is preferred.
Student learning goals
Analysis and evaluation of historical sources
effective presentation of student research in an orderly and persuasive fashion
General method of instruction
Lectures, class discussions, student research papers and presentations
No formal prerequisites, although some knowledge of Greek history is strongly recommended
Class assignments and grading
Class participation, student research paper and presentation (details to be announced in due time)