General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Classical Roots of Modern Education
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Mateusz Stróżyński
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-CRM-I


Module aim (aims)

- provide students with basic knowledge of ancient and mediaeval education principles

- provide students with basic knowledge of ancient and mediaeval educational practices

- teach students to understand the significance of the influence of ancient and mediaeval education on the modern education in the Western culture.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


History of the ancient world


History of the ancient world – continued


Homer and Sparta


Education in classical Athens


Plato, Aristotle, and Isocrates on education.


Schools in ancient Greece


Roman education.


Christianity and Greco-Roman culture.


Christianity and Greco-Roman culture – continued.


Seven liberal arts.


Monastic schools and the role of scriptoria.


Scholastic education.


Medieval university.


Medieval university – continued.


Final test.

Reading list

Gutek, G.L., A History of the Western Educational Experience, New York 1994.

Thompson, M.M. The history of education, New York 1959.

McCormick, P.J., Pace, E.A. History of education, Washington 1957.

Yun Lee Too, Education in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Boston 2001.

McCormick P. J., Education of the laity in the early middle ages, Washington 1912 (

Graves F.P., A Student’s History of Education, New York 1922 (Part I, II) (