Summer 2020 - HS 307 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Mass Migration & Refugees

Class Number: 4479

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 6204, 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 2015 Migration Crisis, where over one million individuals desperately tried to reach Europe in perilous conditions across the Mediterranean Sea, brought the significance of mass migrations into focus for the global community. Furthermore, the mass movement of peoples into Europe has triggered a wave of populism that has seen far-right groups gain increasing influence in the continent – with Italy’s Lega being one of several parties to use anti-immigrant rhetoric to gain influence. Despite the dramatic changes in Europe, the mass migration of peoples is not a new phenomenon. In fact, the large-scale migration of individuals has been a quintessential part of the human experience in the Mediterranean throughout recorded history. Specifically, the ancient world, from the Fertile Crescent to the rise of Rome, was a time and place where migrations occurred with great regularity. We must ask ourselves to what degree have the experiences of migration in the past been different from those of the present? How did migrants perceive themselves in the past? How did the political entities of the past perceive migrants and refugees? Finally, how did travelers regard new lands and peoples? By answering these questions pertaining to mass migration in the ancient world in a hybrid classroom, both online and in-person, students will gain a greater understanding of the overall human experience.


  • Class Participation 20%
  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Quiz One 15%
  • Quiz Two 15%
  • Final Paper 40%



All required readings will be available either online or at the SFU Library.

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