Spring 2017 - HS 303 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)


Class Number: 8868

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 11911, Burnaby



The study of issues related to Hellenic Studies not offered in regular courses.


This course takes an interdisciplinary approach so as to reflect on collective and individual identity from a 20th / 21st c. perspective. Focusing on European thought and culture, it addresses themes and issues that emerge from that examination; loss, freedom, conflict, isolation, love, politics, sense of self, relation to other(s), culture, authority, memory. By reflecting on collective and individual identity in the selected texts, the course examines their relevance and importance to current debates, film and art.


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



Camus, Albert. 1988. The Stranger. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (available online)

Orwell, George. 2008. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Penguin Books. (available online)

Arendt, Hannah. 1998. The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kundera, Milan. 1999. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. Harper Collins. (available online)

Golding, William. 2012. Lord of the Flies. London: Faber and Faber. (available online)

Russell, Bertrand. 2005. Authority and the Individual. London: Taylor and Francis. (available online)


Lawler, Steph. 2008. Identity: Sociological Perspectives. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Nicholson, Linda. Siedman, Steven. (eds.) 1999. Social Postmodernism; beyond Identity Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Halliwell, Andrew. Mousley, Andy. (eds.) 2003. Critical Humanisms: Humanist/Anti-Humanist Dialogues. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Gilbert, Alain. 1990. Democratic Individuality. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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

Glover, Jonathan. 2012. Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century. New York: Yale University Press.

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