Summer 2022 - HUM 360 D100

Special Topics: Great Themes in the Humanistic Tradition (4)

Mass Migration & Refugees

Class Number: 3689

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



An interdisciplinary study of a selected theme that has made a lasting contribution to the humanistic tradition in more than one field of endeavour(e.g. philosophy, politics, literature,economics, religion). This course may be repeated once for credit. Students who have credit for a course with this content under another Humanities course may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


The Liberating Sea? Mass Migration in the Ancient Mediterranean: An advanced survey of
population movements in the ancient world

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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 conceive of new lands? By answering these questions pertaining to mass migration in the ancient world students will gain a greater understanding of the overall human experience.


  • Participation 20%
  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Two Quizzes 30%
  • Final Paper 40%


This course counts towards a concentration in Hellenic Studies for students in a Humanities major or minor program with prior approval from the Undergraduate Advisor. To apply this course to a concentration, email



All course material will be made available online through Canvas or the SFU Library.

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