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Greece

The University of Toronto will offer one online course focusing on Greece, worth one full-year credit. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment. The program is four weeks long and classes will take place virtually Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to 2:00pm Toronto time.

POL300Y0 Modern Greek Culture: People, Tradition, Language and Cuisine

This course explores Modern Greek culture in the context of the Mediterranean and European regions and with reference to the continuing Greek influence on western civilization. Hellenism has influenced the world since the ancient times. Starting from their remarkable contributions in philosophy, politics, science, architecture, history, music, theatre and literature, Greeks continue to impact our everyday lives through their language and culture. It is impossible to celebrate the liberties of democracy, to embrace the spirit of the Olympic games, to enjoy the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine or to feel the magic of a theatrical play, without revealing their Greek connections. The course analyzes important aspects of contemporary Greek culture and its values along with elements of Greek society, language, literature, food, and arts.  

Prerequisites: 1.0 POL credit or relevant academic preparation
Breadth Requirement = 3
POL300Y0 – 2021 Course Outline

Virtual Field Trips

Through lectures, guest speakers, virtual tours, video presentations, audiovisual material and selected readings, students will discover the glorious history and the vivid atmosphere of Athens, a European megalopolis surrounded by significant monuments and museums. They will travel virtually to some of the most exciting destinations of mainland Greece: Meteora, a spectacular rock formation hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of monasteries; Delphi, the centre of the ancient Greek world with the legendary oracle; the Peloponnese peninsula with beautiful seaport towns such as Nafplio and Monemvasia and admirable historical sites, including the theatre of Epidaurus and Olympia, where the ancient Olympic games took place.  

Finally, they will explore the breathtaking Greek islands such as Crete, the Cyclades with Santorini and Mykonos, as well as the Dodecanese with Rhodes and Simi, not only to admire the beauty of the landscape and the architecture but also to interact synchronously with distinguished local professionals whose products and services make Greece famous for its hospitality and cuisine.  

Instructor

Dr. Themistoklis Aravossitas  teaches Modern Greek language and culture at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Athens, Greece, an MA and a PhD from the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. His research focuses on issues of teaching minority languages and the intersections of pedagogy, language, culture, and identity. As a SSHRC-Canada post-doctoral fellow at the University of the Aegean in Greece, Dr. Aravossitas investigated Greek Language Education in the Diaspora and the status of Community Languages in North America. His latest project involves the development of GREEKLANGUAGE.CA a portal that promotes and supports Hellenic Education in Canada. His recent publications include the books Language Diversity in Greece: Local Challenges with International Implications (Springer International Publishing, 2020); Language Diversity and Education Matters (In Greek, Gutenberg 2019); Interdisciplinary Research Approaches to Multilingual Education (Routledge, 2018); Handbook of Research and Practice in Heritage Language Education (Springer International Publishing, 2017).