Jun 16, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

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CARS 2150 - Democracy and Republicanism in the Ancient World


This course examines the rise and fall of the Athenian Democracy and the Roman Republic, placing particular emphasis on understanding the social, political, and cultural attitudes and developments that contributed to the development and collapse of these types of government. Because both types of government conveyed substantial political power and responsibility to the citizenry as a whole, the course takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to understand the views and experiences of the people who lived under these governments. Focusing on ancient sources, the course seeks to understand how ancient Greeks and Romans described and conceived of their types of government, and how they understood the erosion and collapse of those governments. The course uses a wide range of evidence, including architecture, art, drama, history, literature, and philosophy.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to analyze and compare using literary and artistic analysis a variety of Greek and Roman texts, art, and architecture concerning inclusion and exclusion in government according to gender, class, race, and city/state of origin.
  • Students will be able to identify the fundamental institutions that defined the Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic.
  • Students will be able to recognize and engage in comparative historical and literary thinking to explain how ancient concepts of government persist in, and shape, modern thinking on these topics.
  • Students will be able to develop critical thinking skills by describing how and why those institutions developed and ultimately collapsed.
  • Students will be able to read widely across cultures, geographical regions, social contexts and chronological periods of the ancient world, and explain the influence of ancient democracy and republicanism on the development of modern governments.
  • Students will be able to use the fundamentals of critical literary analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses of evidence and to connect it to its proper social and cultural context.
  • Students will be able to develop skills in literary analysis by comparing and contrasting the ways authors and peoples perceived the Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic, and to explain how perspective and/or cultural bias influences their ideas.
  • Students will be able to explain how the common element of widespread participation in government by the citizens helped shape the development and collapse of both types of government.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and analytical and interpretive skills in oral and written argumentation.



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