Fall 2016 - HS 307 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Heroic Individuals

Class Number: 7526

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Selected Topics. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HS 307 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for HIST 307 may take HS 307 for credit only when a different topic is taught.


The aims of this course are: i) to offer a succinct overview of exceptional individuals and their stories as presented in a wide range of texts from ancient to modern times; ii) to compare and contrast their presentation(s) and traits to the ones in contemporary literature and film. Specifically, by tracing continuities and ruptures between past and present, the course examines how references made to individual heroic figures provide commentary on collective and individual identity, agency, ethics, religion, memory, society, culture and politics. The course examines different archetypes, philosophical notions emerging from selected narratives so as to offer a critical analysis on the representations of individuals and ideas in an inter/national context while connecting them to contemporary debates.

This course is cross-listed with HUM 360. Students may take this course under either HS or HUM disignations for credit.


  • Participation 15%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Term Paper 40%



Ziolkowski, Theodore. 2004. Hesitant Heroes; Private Inhibition, Cultural Crisis. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Shelley, Mary. 2008. Frankenstein. London: Penguin Books.

Satrapi, Marjane. 2008. Persepolis. London: Vintage books.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. 2002. Crime and Punishment. London: Penguin Books.

Lee, Harper. 2014. To Kill A Mockingbird. London: Random House.

* Further material will be distributed in class or electronically.


Nietzsche, Friedrich .1974. Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Penguin Books Limited.

Woodard. Roger D. 2007. The Cambridge companion to Greek Mythology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dooley, Mark. Kearney, Richard. 1999. Questioning Ethics: Contemporary Debates in Continental Philosophy. London: Routledge.

Parks, Wards. 1990. Verbal Dueling in Heroic Narrative: The Homeric and Old English Traditions. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Staub, Ervin. 2015. The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, Active Bystandership, and Heroism. Oxford; Oxford University Press.

Nisbet, Robert. 1983. Prejudices; A Philosophical Dictionary. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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