Great Thinkers and Their Ideas

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Great Thinkers and Their Ideas

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    A selection of great thinkers who have influenced their times and whose ideas have contributed to the legacy of Western civilization.

    The purpose of this course is to offer students knowledge of intellectual history through readings of the original works of some great thinkers.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Outline the ideas that have revolutionized human life and thought.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of the role played by individual thinkers whose ideas have changed their and/or later times.
    3. Examine in what way and to what extent these ideas influenced contemporary and/or later times.
    4. Develop critical skills in using primary sources.
    5. Achieve a deeper awareness of the human condition.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Lectures and class discussions.
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their lecturer, where they can address issues and ask questions pertinent to the course material.
    - Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.
    - Use of library facilities: Students are encouraged to make use of the library facilities for further study as well as for preparation for the exams.  


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