Spring 2019 - HUM 303 D100

The Latin Humanist Tradition (4)

Class Number: 5739

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 11, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    HCC 2540, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Studies in the writings of various Latin authors. Breadth-Humanities.


Of all the languages originating in Western Europe, only Latin can claim more than a thousand years of use as an international language of scholars and scientists. Its rise as a prestige language followed the growing power of Rome, beginning in antiquity with the first political expansions outside Latium and continuing well into the modern era. Alongside the vernacular literature of the Renaissance, Latin experienced its own rebirth in the Humanist movement. This course explores the interplay between Latin and vernacular literatures, their roots in the past, and their role in creating the Western canon (if any). With such a heavy topic, it is only fair to note that the most enduring Humanist writers, Erasmus and More, are read today in part for their humour. This course concentrates on the two men and their efforts to reform Catholic Europe without destroying it.


  • Film Review 15%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Paper Introduction (first two) 8%
  • Multimedia Manifeso 20%
  • Term paper 22%
  • Participation 15%



Desiderius Erasmus, In Praise of Folly and Other Writings
ISBN: 978-0-393-95749-5

Thomas More, Utopia
ISBN: 978-0-393-93246-1

Francis Petrarch and Carol Quillen, The Secret
ISBN: 978-0312154380

Additional short works and excerpts are available online.

Registrar Notes:

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