Spring 2021 - HUM 277 OL01

History of Greek Civilization (3)

Class Number: 7924

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Feb 26, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM



Surveys the history of Greek civilization from Mycenaean Greece to the twentieth century. Students who have taken HIST 307 under this topic or HIST 277 or HS 277 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


Lectures: Prerecorded and available every Monday at 7:00am

From Homer’s Odysseus, to Leonidas with his 300 brave warriors, to Alexander the Great, the Greeks elaborated the idea of the hero and created stories that still inspire. And yet, the exceptional individual that was the hero would not count for much if they were not actively engaged in the social, political, and cultural drama that defined the history of Greece from c.1600 BCE to the end of the Hellenistic Era in 30 BCE.

This course follows the socioeconomic and political evolution of Greek civilization from the time of the Minoans, in Bronze-Age Crete, to the end of the Hellenistic era brought about by the Romans. It examines the outcomes of migrations, the rise of cities, development of trade, economy and colonialism in the Ancient Greek world and considers those in regional and global contexts. Throughout the semester, students learn about the shifts in power relations between different city-states in Greece, as well as the influence of non-Greek cultures in the development of a specifically Greek identity. Through common faith, language, and a sense of shared ancestry the Greeks developed the notion that they faced a wider world which they understood to be essentially different from their own. The inevitable contact between the Greeks and “the other” led to conflicts but also encouraged cultural exchange, which helped shape a distinctly Hellenic civilization.

By engaging in an in-depth reading and analysis of primary sources, students are exposed to questions of historical significance that are important not only for understanding the Ancient Greek world, but other historical periods as well. By reading and writing about these documents, students will be introduced to the processes by which historians derive interpretative conclusions from primary source material and will deepen their understanding of the vital analytical tools that promote critical thinking.


  • Quizzes 30%
  • Online Discussions 20%
  • Primary Source Analyses 20%
  • Museum Curation 30%



All course materials will be provided via Canvas in accessible URL and PDF formats.

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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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