The course offers a panoramic view of the History of Ideas, focusing basically on the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions, which are most relevant for the understanding of the development of ideas and mentalities in the (Western) European world. Besides an introductory part (History of Ideas vs. Discourse analysis), this course will examine five main topics (polytheism/monotheism; reason/religion; Humanism; Enlightenment; modernity/secularization) that continue to mark our contemporary life.
By finishing this unit, the student should be able:
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).
Knowledge in English (reading) is beneficial.