I teach mostly Greek history, literature, and culture at McGill, with occasional jaunts into Greek language instruction if it fits into our slate of annual course offerings.
Pedagogically, I strongly believe in inquiry-based learning approaches. My research regularly spills over into the classroom and informs my teaching, although this comes in different doses at different teaching levels.
I subscribe to the implementation of Universal Design as much as this is possible. I have heard many professors say that x y z is the way in which they acquired their disciplinary skills. They made it, and so, by default, their own learning experience is also the right template for their students. I am not so sure. The rich diversity of our students implies that there is a broad spectrum of diverse learners. We need to do whatever we can to unlock each student's potential and assist them to realize their goals. Chalk and talk doesn’t do it for everyone. And, let's be honest, it doesn't have to.
Read more about this in a recent article published in McGill's The Bull and Bear Newspaper here.
The thematic focus of my teaching is on topics in history, governance, and political culture. Beyond intensive training in Ancient History and Classics, the main skill sets students develop in my courses include: analytical skills, interpersonal communication, and critical thinking. Here, too, Greek antiquity marks the beginning of a lasting tradition:
Navigating the sites of the Classical world is key to the understanding of Greek history and culture. I usually teach a field course in Greece every other year: CLAS 345/645 Study Tour: Greece. This is a three credit course, countable towards Classics or History degrees. The course is designed to familiarize students with the geography, topography, and material remains of Classical Greece as preserved on sites and in museums - and, to be sure, to have a fun learning experience.
Here is the syllabus for the 2017 McGilliad (June 8 to 25). Sites included Athens (Agora, Akropolis, Pnyx; National Museum and Akropolis Museum), Delphi, Thebes, Elis, Skillous, Olympia, Pylos, Sparta and the Menelaion, Cape Tainaron, Nichoria, Messene, Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos, Epidauros, Nemea, Corinth.
Survey of my most recent and upcoming courses taught at McGill:
HIST 550 and 551 Ancient History Seminar (F&W), CLAS 304 Ancient Greek Democracy (W)
HIST 368 Classical Greece (F), HIST 407 Topics: Alexander the Great (W), CLAS 345 Study Tour: Greece (Summer)
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