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Students will spend 2 weeks at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus, in lectures and orientations, and getting to know the faculty and each other as they prepare for their intellectual adventure.
Then, it's off to Athens, the Greek capital and home of democracy, philosophy, and theatre. For 3 days, students will explore the ideas of classicism, democratic sovereignty, imperialism, and cultural appropriation through visits to the Archaeological Museum, Acropolis, Parthenon, and Acropolis Museum.
The group then travels to the island of Lesvos for a 3-week stay. Greece's third largest island, Lesvos has played host to important developments in Greek history and culture since antiquity. It was home to the Archaic-era poets Alcaeus, Arion, and Sappho, and the historian Theophrastos, making the island renown as a place of refinement. The island has passed under Roman, Byzantine, Genoese, and Ottoman rule, and was host to the legendary pirate admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa.
The final stop will be Greece’s second most fascinating city, Thessaloniki, for a 3-day stay. For millennia, Thessaloniki has been the crossroads of the southern Balkans. It is the city where St. Paul proclaimed that he would spread the message of Christianity to Europe; the home of the impressive 8th-century Church of St. Sophia; the site of the medieval struggle between the Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans; and a city that bears the scars of the some of the 20th century’s most painful history, from the Macedonian Struggle, to the First World War, to the Nazi occupation and the Holocaust.
Participants of this program will not only live and learn in a space surrounded by history and beauty, but will be able to interact with its landscapes, people, and monuments, and enrich their understanding of our world at the edge of Europe, where East and West merge to create the heady mix of Greek culture!
The program is made up of three courses taught by field school director and SFU Hellenic Studies professor Dimitris Krallis, and Douglas College History instructor Julian Brooks.
The 3 courses transfer to Douglas College as:
HIST 2205: The History of Greek Civilization* (3 credits)
- an online survey of Greek civilization, Mycaenean Greece to the 20th century
*SFU's course HS 277-3: History of Greek Civilization
HIST 2220: War and Society** (3 credits)
- examines some of the key issues in the history of war and society. After reviewing a variety of scholarly approaches to defining war, the course investigates the role of violence in human nature, the evolution of warfare resulting from technological innovations and cultural change, and the complex relationships between war, culture, and society.
**SFU's course HS 216-3: War and Society
HIST 3391: Selected Topics in Ancient History*** (3 credits)
- studies issues related to Hellenic Studies
***SFU's course HS 307-4: Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies
*Subject to change.
*International students pay differential tuition fees.
The Program Fee does not include tuition fees, airfare, transportation to and from Vancouver International Airport, books, vaccinations, some meals, communication costs (phone, etc.), mandatory travel health insurance, and personal spending.
New Westminster Campus
Tues. Nov. 27
Wed. Nov. 28
SFU - Burnaby Campus
Wed. Nov. 28
Global Student Centre, Room AQ2013
Thurs. Jan. 10
Hellenic Studies Seminar Room AQ6204
Applications for the Greece Field School are administered through the SFU Study Abroad System. Douglas College students must also apply to SFU for admission as a Visiting Student. For application instructions, and more program details, please visit the SFU program page.
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