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In the fifth century BC, the ancient Greeks developed a new way of understanding the world. This breakthrough inspired art, science, religion and philosophy that changed the world and laid the foundations of the modern era. This course studies both the intellectual revolution and the extraordinary society which produced it.

Aims of the course:

  1. To explore the era in which a fundamental shift took place in the way humans saw themselves and the universe
  2. To examine the causes of that shift, the form that it took, and how it profoundly affected intellectual life
  3. To examine certain aspects of Athenian intellectual life in detail, especially architecture, theatre, politics and philosophy

Course content overview:

  • The course will engage with ancient texts to show how ideas such as empiricism developed, using the words of those contemporary writers and thinkers at the heart of the intellectual revolution.


Induction Week: 21-27 April 2014

Teaching Weeks: 28 April-1 June 2014

Feedback Week: 2-8 June 2014

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A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.


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Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

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Cory Saarinen
eLearning Team
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall, Madingley
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Course details

Start date

21 April 2014 (09:00)

End date

8 June 2014 (17:00)

Course code



7 weeks
This course is completed entirely online.



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