Rediscovering the Roots of Democracy: From Ancient Greece to the European Union - Athens
Available in: Athens
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In a rapidly globalizing world, where students are expected to be citizens of a multicultural society, democracy is a vital prerequisite. It is also considered one of the fundamental values of the European Union in consideration of its further capacity to promote sustainable development and equity for all.
In the late 6th century B.C., the Greek city-state of Athens began to lay the foundations for a new kind of political system. The Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms that was called demokratia, which means “rule by the people” (from demos, “the people,” and Kratos, or “power”). It is known as the first democracy in the world.
The ancient Greek idea of democracy was different from present-day democracy, and the democratic political system has been transformed a lot through the centuries.
By looking back to the first democracy of the world, this course aims to:
Detect the differences between Greek democracy and modern democratic systems;
Show how ancient Greek democracy contributed to modern societies, cities and way of life;
Examine the values and the principles that are vivid in contemporary diverse societies;
Conceptualize the framework of democratic culture proposed by the European Council and possible ways to promote it in our everyday school practices;
Offer ways to support all students in becoming active members of inclusive and participatory societies.
During the course, participants will also be engaged in activities, games, group work, and exercises that can promote a more democratic culture in the classroom. By using these group activities, teachers will be able to improve the building process of relationships among students, teachers, and the whole educational community in order to create a welcoming and reinforcing classroom environment.
Included in the course: guided tours to archaeological sites.
Continue reading: Discover the learning outcomes and the tentative schedule of this course.
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