Classics: a problematic heritage

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LQX050B10
Vaknaam Classics: a problematic heritage
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I

Uitgebreide vaknaam Classics: a problematic heritage in the 21st century
Leerdoelen In this course you will
- learn about the roles which the classical past and its heritage play in the world we live in
- learn to spot and critically analyse uses of (Greco-Roman) history in political and popular culture
- develop your skills of analysis of a range of media, including film, political speech, and social media
- participate in interdisciplinary discussions and get a better understanding of your own personal and academic perspective in relation to that of others
- learn to communicate about one aspect of the course topic clearly and effectively in writing
- learn to organise, participate in and structure constructive debates around the use of history in public discourse.
Omschrijving Ancient Greece and Rome regularly appear in present-day political discourse and popular culture. But why does Greco-Roman antiquity still hold such sway in the 21st century? In this course, we investigate how individuals, groups, and societies today claim classical antiquity as their own, what motivates them to do so, and what impact this creates in the great controversies of our times. In looking for answers to these questions, this course brings together students and teachers drawn from a range of different disciplines. Topics will include ancient Sparta and European far-right movements, Roman orators in US political speech, and political constructions of ‘Rome’ in the modern Middle East. Greco-Roman antiquity reveals itself as a powerful set of ideas and symbols, constantly re-created and constructed in changing political and social circumstances.
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Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(2 uur werkcollege)
Toetsvorm essay
(essay and video essay)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Prof. Dr. F.J. Budelmann
Docent(en) N. Bettegazzi, MA. ,Prof. Dr. F.J. Budelmann ,prof. dr. L. de Jong ,dr. J.J.H. Klooster ,dr. P.G.T. Nanninga ,dr. J. Olthof ,dr. J. Pelgrom , to be announced ,prof. dr. S. Voutsaki
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
No required reading
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Course units for exchange students 2 semester I keuze
Ba Open colleges Letteren - semester I keuze
Ba Vrije keuzeruimte / Bijvakken overig  (Grieks en Latijn) - semester I keuze
Facultaire Minor Oudheidstudies  (Vrije variant) 3 semester I keuze
Facultaire Minor Oudheidstudies  (Geschiedenis en de receptie van de oudheid) 3 semester I verplicht
Facultaire Minor Oudheidstudies  (Taal en de receptie van de oudheid) 3 semester I verplicht