Programs by Country: Greece + Dialogue of Civilizations


GREECE: Then and Now – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Athens, Greece

Group Leader: Prof. Richard A. Katula (r.katula@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • COMM 3306: International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement, NU Core arts level 1

Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the people and the culture of Greece, from ancient times to the present. The special emphasis of this Dialogue is the Greek people and the economic crisis they face today. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek economic crisis, Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, film), and history (ancient and contemporary). In addition to the lectures and live events, students will visit historic sites and archaeological sites in the following venues: Athens, the Peloponnese, Crete, Santorini, Cephalonia, Rhodes, Delphi, and Olympia. At some of these sites, students will go on tours to antiquities such as the Parthenon, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympic grounds and museum, Delphi, Lindos, Knossos, Simi, Nafplion, ancient Agora, etc. At other sites, students will interact with local citizens and students from around the world, discussing issues common to them and controversies affecting the region. During the course, students will maintain a photo-journal, write three book reports, and write two reaction/research papers on topics associated with lectures or places from our travels.

We will meet three times prior to our departure, usually in the early evening at times convenient for all students (Fridays). During the first session, we will become familiar with the country of Greece through maps, power point slides, and a discussion of the syllabus. During the second session, we will discuss Greek history from Minoan times to the present, and the impact of Greek civilization on America. The first session will also review the necessities of travel such as packing, money, clothes, lotions, and working together as a team. The second session will focus on the Greek language, and on Greek culture today: art, media, economics, politics, etc. The second session will take place the day of our departure. The third session is a mandatory session offered by the Global Experience Office at a time to be announced by the GEO. Throughout these three sessions, we will discuss questions that arise about the logistics of the tour, and we will review our roles as cultural ambassadors.