Summer 2022 - HUM 121 D900

Walk of Life: Migrations in Eurasia from Antiquity to the Present (3)

Class Number: 3682

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 10 – Aug 8, 2022: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 14, 2022
    Sun, 12:00–3:00 p.m.



Examines population movements in Eurasia, from antiquity to the present. Considers a variety of questions related to the how and why people migrate. Answering these questions pertaining to mass migration in Eurasia fosters greater understanding of the overall human experience. Breadth-Humanities.


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“Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family.” - Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, aptly put that migration is part of the human experience. Recent news coverage and leaders of populist governments, however, represent migration as a potential threat to their polities. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban noted that his country had “stopped more than 100,000 migrants” from entering the country in 2021. How has one of the quintessential elements that define us as human beings become perceived by some as a threat in the modern world? How have population movements occurred throughout recorded history? What can past experiences with migration teach us about the present? How have population movements affected other elements of the human experience? This class will seek to answer these questions and more to see how migration has come to define not only individuals, but the polities in which they live.


  • Participation 20%
  • Two Quizzes 20%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Final Exam 30%


This course counts towards a concentration in Hellenic Studies for students enrolled in a Humanities major or minor program.



All course materials will be available online through either Canvas or the SFU Library.

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