Study Abroad

GREECE
Passion and Persuasion: The Literary and Political Legacy of the Ancient Greeks
June 9 – June 16, 2015
$3,895    
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The intellectual and artistic achievements of the Greeks continue to matter to us, as much of our lives, outlooks, and tastes have been shaped by Greek culture. Examine our literary connection to Ancient Greece, in Athens—where religion fed drama and became literature, as we know it. Experience early World Literature (ENGL 235) through your senses, as you walk through the setting of assigned texts. Earn credit for English 122 (Writing and Research) in the city where the first democratic revolution occurred. Invoke the Athenian spirit as you examine the art of persuasion in its many incarnations in contemporary American culture. Students may take both courses for six credits, or select one course for three credits.

English 122 Course Outline

Possible assigned readings

  • Rhetoric and Human Consciousness: A History (Craig R. Smith)
  • Rhetoric in Popular Culture (Barry Brummett)
  • Status in Classical Athens (Deborah Kamen)
  • Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens (Josiah Oben)
  • Great American Speeches (TBA)

Before the Trip (about one to two weeks prior to departure)

  • Watch “Intro to Research” (online video) and “MLA format” (online video)
  • Attend a library session
  • Practice research using the library catalog and internet sources
  • Complete assigned readings

Paper #1 (to be submitted prior to trip)

  • Choose a place in Athens or a historical figure with ties to Athens. Write an informative paper on the significance of this person or place.
  • This paper must utilize MLA format and should be a minimum of six typed pages (not including works cited). In your research, you must quote and cite at least three credible sources (primary or secondary).

During the Trip

  • Daily journal of observations and reflections (compose 500-1000 words a day)
  • Assigned and independent readings

After the Trip (about one to two weeks after return)

  • Attend a library session
  • Practice research using the library catalog and internet sources
  • Complete assigned readings

Paper #2

  • Option 1: Explain the way in which Athenian culture has influenced our modern conception of democracy. Argue whether or not the U.S. had done a good job holding true to these Athenian ideals.
  • Option 2: Choose a prominent persuasive text (preferably a speech) from contemporary American culture and evaluate its success at utilizing Athenian rhetorical tactics.
  • This paper must utilize MLA format and should be a minimum of ten typed pages (not including works cited). In your research, you must quote and cite at least eight credible sources (primary or secondary).

Other Projects (Optional)

  • Conduct an active reading report on a self-selected text. This text must be approved by your instructor and it must have some significant connection to Athens or Athenian culture.
  • Compose a multimodal website that proposes a solution or calls for engagement or action in response to a current social issue. In this project, you must draw upon the rhetorical tactics that were first articulated by ancient Athenian thinkers.
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