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Classics and European Identity

Program Coordinator
dr Sławomir Torbus

The programme is dedicated mainly to non-European students interested in the exploration of the sources of European identity. The contemporary European culture is rooted in the ancient Greek and Roman culture and philosophy, in the Christian religion and, last but not least, in the scientific worldview of modern times. For this reason the programme encompasses the elements of European history, philosophy, literature, culture, religion, science and politics. The programme comprises also courses of the modern and ancient European languages. As a result, graduates will gain basic knowledge about the history, culture and languages of Europe and will better understand the European mentality and its sources.

 

Courses

The first 2 semesters consist of 660 hours of classes (330 hours in 1 semester, that is about 11 classes per week)

I semester

1. European language

(90 hours, 8 ECTS)

The students will study 1 selected modern European language: German, Italian or Spanish.

2. Polish language

(60 hours, 5 ECTS)

3. Latin

(30 hours, 3 ECTS)

Latin language is a base of many modern European languages (not only of Romance languages like Italian or French that evolved directly from Latin). The knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar is very useful for students of European languages. Latin words are often used as technical terms in medicine and technology.

4. History and Culture of Ancient Near East.

(30 hours, 4 ECTS)

This course will investigate the rise and development of civilization in the ancient Near East (Mesopotamian art and culture, the Akkadian empire, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians), its political conflicts, cultural achievements and its importance in the development of European civilization.

5. Literature of Ancient Greece

(30 hours, 4 ECTS)

The course is an introduction to the ancient Greek literature from Homer to Marc Aurelius. The aim is to review the most important masterpieces in their own context and in perspective of their reception in later European literature and culture.

6. Sources of European Law

(30 hours, 2 ECTS)

The European law is rooted in various ancient legal sytems, like Code of Hammurabi, the Decalogue, the Greek laws of Solon, the Roman Law. The course offers an introduction to main aspects of these codifications and their impact on the contemporary European legal system.

7. Introduction to Old Testament and to Judaism

(30 hours, 2 ECTS)

The course is designed to introduce students to the literature, history, and messages of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is not only the ancient history of Israel, but as a holy book of Judaism functions as a foundation for many ideas of Christianity and Islam. As such, it has shaped the history of European civilization and continues to influence the world today.

8. Option course

(30 hours, 2 ECTS)

The students are obliged to take an option course (2 ECTS) selected from the list offered by university.

II semester

1. European language

(90 hours, 8 ECTS)

The students will study 1 selected modern European language: German, Italian or Spanish.

2. Polish language

(60 hours, 5 ECTS)

3. Latin

(30 hours, 3 ECTS)

Latin language is a base of many modern European languages (not only of Romance languages like Italian or French that evolved directly from Latin). The knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar is very useful for students of European languages. Latin words are often used as technical terms in medicine and technology.

4. History and Culture of Ancient Greece.

(30 hours, 4 ECTS)

This course introduces students to the civilization of the ancient Greeks through the study of ancient Greek literature and society from the eighth century B.C.E. through the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.E. The students will read the texts of Homerus, Sappho, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Demosthenes and others.

5. Literature of Ancient Rome

(30 hours, 4 ECTS)

This course focuses on the literature of Ancient Rome and its role in shaping modern notions about the customs, social practices, and ideas of its citizens. Emphasis will be placed on using Roman literature as a means of studying Roman civilization as one of bases of contemporary European culture. The students will read the texts of Cicero, Cesar, Tacitus, Pliny and others.

6. History of European Political Discourse

(30 hours, 2 ECTS)

The course provides a historical study of European political discourse from the ancient times (Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle), through the Middle Ages (Thomas Aquinas), to the modern times (Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, von Mises).

7. Introduction to New Testament and to Christianity

(30 hours, 2 ECTS)

This course provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament.

8. Option course.

(30 hours, 2 ECTS)

The students are obliged to take an option course (2 ECTS) selected from the list offered by university.