The vision of freedom in Modern Greek Enlightenment

Course Information
TitleΤο Οραμα της Ελευθερίας στον Νεοελληνικό Διαφωτισμό / The vision of freedom in Modern Greek Enlightenment
CodeΙΝΣ 701
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600016026

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Neóterīs kai Sýnchronīs Istorías Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Not existing.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing the course students will be able to: 1) understand the theoretical questions concerning the development of the ideas of Modern Greek Enlightenment as alterated under the Ottoman rule, the conditions of Greek society and education and as were expressed in the texts of the Greek literature 2) comprehend their historical context and contribution to the formation of the national consciousness of the Neohellenes 3) understand the conditions of birth of the vision of freedom, the forms and content of the idea and the preconditions for its achievement 4) acquaint themselves with the texts of the most distinguished writers of the Modern Greek Enlightenment, with emphasis on the political and social perceptions of the time 5) become sensitive to methodological and practical issues related to their field of study 6) practice their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar aims at studying the Modern Greek Enlightment as a historical phenomenon integrated and connected to the European environment, and at the same time understanding the local conditions that allowed its appearance and flourishing at the time of the late Ottoman political sovereignty. Particular emphasis will be placed on examining and studying the impact of new ideas on the conventional ways of thinking that prevailed in traditional Greek society, the ways, the networks, the persons involved, etc., as well as their impact on the consciousness of the society that received them. The new ideas will be analyzed as a prerequisite for the birth and consolidation of the vision of freedom until the time of its political claim through the revolutionary processes of the early 19th century. Along with the use of existing bibliography, the study of the above subjects requires knowledge of the original works of the most representative writers of that time.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1204
Written assigments2107
Student Assessment
Students will have to study weekly specific sources–books/texts of the most distinguished writers of the Modern Greek Enlightenment in parallel with selected bibliography (in Greek or other languages) and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their comments and critical reading. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Αγγέλου Άλκης, Των Φώτων: Όψεις του Νεοελληνικού Διαφωτισμού, Ερμής, Αθήνα 1988 (β΄ έκδ. ΜΙΕΤ 2000). Αγγέλου Άλκης, Των Φώτων Β΄: Όψεις του Νεοελληνικού Διαφωτισμού, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1999. Δημαράς Κωνσταντίνος Θ., Νεοελληνικός Διαφωτισμός, Ερμής, Αθήνα 200910. Δημαράς Κωνσταντίνος Θ., Ιστορικά Φροντίσματα, Πορεία, Αθήνα 1992, τ. 2. Καραφύλλης Γρηγόρης, Νεοελληνικός Διαφωτισμός: φιλοσοφικές προσεγγίσεις, Gutenberg, Αθήνα 2008. Κιτρομηλίδης Πασχάλης Μ., Νεοελληνικός Διαφωτισμός. Οι πολιτικές και κοινωνικές ιδέες, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1996. Κονδύλης Παναγιώτης, Ο Νεοελληνικός Διαφωτισμός: οι φιλοσοφικές ιδέες, Θεμέλιο, Αθήνα 1988. Νεοελληνικός Διαφωτισμός (Απόπειρα μιας νέας ερευνητικής συγκομιδής), Πρακτικά Πανελλήνιου Συνεδρίου, Κοζάνη 8-10 Νοεμβρίου 1996, Ινστιτούτο Βιβλίου και Ανάγνωσης, Κοζάνη 1997. Ταμπάκη Άννα, Περί νεοελληνικού Διαφωτισμού. Ρεύματα ιδεών & δίαυλοι επικοινωνίας με τη δυτική σκέψη, ERGO, Αθήνα 2004.
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