CULTURE AND EDUCATION IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
Learning outcomes of the course unit
By examining ancient authors' theories on the relation between culture, education and society, the course aims at providing the opportunity for a reflection on the relevance of cultural principles as an instrument for renovation of political life. A commentary on the texts (in Italian translation) will contribute to develop critical and language compentences as well as the students' judgement autonomy, their ability to draw interdisciplinary connections and to clearly communicate the outcome of their work.
Course contents summary
Education in Rome between rhetoric and philosophy
In the first part of the course we will outline the main features of education in Rome from the archaic age to the imperial age and we will deal with the evolution due to the development of rhetoric and the spread of philosophy. Then the course will focus on the figure of Seneca as philosopher and on the relation between rhetoric and philosophy in shaping his philosophy. Reading (in translation) extracts from his works, we will try to underline his educational theory, focusing on his persuading methods.
The texts will be handed out in class.
H.-I. Marrou, Storia dell'educazione nell'antichità, trad. it., Roma 1994
S.F. Bonner, L'educazione nell'antica Roma, trad. it., Roma, Armando Editore 1986
The course consists of classroom lectures supplemented by weekly
t u t o r i a l s .
Tutorial activities will be scaled up and down according to students’ abilities and needs.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings and other material used in the course.
The assessment aims to test:
1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the issues addressed in the course;
2) critical and interpretation skills along with the ability to produce
personal reinterpretation and interdisciplinary links;
3) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to fully achieve the first two assessment criteria and score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.