|Module title||Roots of European Culture and Literature|
|Module lecturer||dr Cezary Dobak|
|Lecturer position||starszy wykładowca|
|Faculty||Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology|
20 hours online; 10 hours on site
Module aim (aims)
This course evolves around the so-called four cultures of the West. The cultures considered here originated in the ancient world, took on Christian forms, and manifest themselves today in more secular ways. These are, as the American historian John W. O’Malley identifies them: the prophetic culture that proclaims the need for radical change in the structures of society (represented by, for example, Jeremiah, Martin Luther, and Martin Luther King, Jr.); the academic culture that seeks instead to understand those structures (Aristotle, Aquinas, the modern university); the humanistic culture that addresses fundamental human issues and works for the common good of society (Cicero, Erasmus, and Eleanor Roosevelt); and the culture of art and performance that celebrates the mystery of the human condition (Phidias, Michelangelo, Balanchine). By showing how these cultures, as modes of activity and discourse in which Western intelligence has manifested itself through the centuries and continues to do so, students will be able to look at the larger history of the West as it developed from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance but continues to have relevance for society today.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
General knowledge of the culture of selected European countries
Synchronous and asynchronous online classes - basic computer and MS Teams skills
Course learning content:
|Athens vs. Jerusalem|
|Plato and Aristotle|
|Vergil and Cicero|
|Art in Antiquity|
|Prophecy and Reform|
|The Academy and the Profession|
|Poetry, Rhetoric, and the Common Good|
|Art and Performances|
|The Book of Our Experience|
- John O’Malley, Four Cultures of the West. Harvard University Press: Harvard, 2006.
- Peter Rietbergen, Europe: A Cultural History, Routledge: London 1998.
- Robert C. Ostergren & Mathias Le Bossé, The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment, The Guilford Press: New York – London, 2011.