Philosophy of History

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of History

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    History, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    One philosophy course.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Introduction to the philosophical foundations of the study of the historical dimension of human action. Overview of major theories and critical discussion of concepts such as time, change and continuity, determinism and chance, progress and decline, ethnocentrism and globalism.

    RATIONALE: 
    The explosion of information concerning historical events raises the question as to the significance of our historical experience and the methods for its comprehension and interpretation. This course tackles one of the most important subject matters of philosophy, and appeals to students of the humanities in general, and especially to students of sociology, history and political science.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Find and discuss major philosophical issues relating to history, such as the nature of historical explanation, the character of historical change, or the ontology of socialhistorical reality.
    2. Analyze, criticize and evaluate the relevance and contribution of the chief models of the philosophical interpretation of history through interpretation of primary texts of the proponents of these models and exposure to the relevant secondary literature.
    3. Assess the applicability and contribution of the philosophical discussion of history to the actual practice of historical studies.
    4. Assess in a creative and critical way the more general implications of the historicity of human culture and life.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures and interactive learning.
    - Use of student presentations.
    - Office hours: Students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can discuss the course material.
    - Use of a Blackboard site, where instructors can post lecture notes assignment instructions, timely announcements, and additional resources.
    - Use of library facilities: Students are encouraged to make 
    2 use of the library facilities for their assignments as well as for preparation for the final exam.