online free courseHillsdale College is offering  a new free online course, “Athens and Sparta.” The free, not-for-credit, nine-week course examines the ancient Greek cities of Athens and Sparta as essential for understanding the beginning of the story of Western Civilization. Generous sponsorship for this course was provided by Don and Lois Thorson.

 

Taught by Hillsdale College Professor of History Paul Rahe, and Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale, the course considers life and government in Athens and Sparta while examining their respective roles in the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. The first lesson features an introduction from Hillsdale President Larry P. Arnn.

Athens & Sparta” consists of nine sessions, each 30 to 40 minutes long, which will be released every Monday and will be available on-demand once published. Each week also features a Q&A session with John J. Miller, director of the Dow Journalism Program, and that week’s faculty member, along with a quiz for students to test their learning. At the end of the course, students have the opportunity to take a final quiz in order to receive a free Certificate of Completion.

Lesson release dates, topics and professors are:

  1. Why Study the Classics?
    Larry P. Arnn
    March 14, 2016
  2. Life and Government in Sparta
    Paul A. Rahe
    March 21, 2016
  3. Life and Government in Athens
    Victor Davis Hanson
    March 28, 2016
  4. Sparta and the Persian War
    Paul A. Rahe
    April 4, 2016
  5. Athens and the Persian War
    Victor Davis Hanson
    April 11, 2016
  6. Sparta and the Peloponnesian War
    Paul A. Rahe
    April 18, 2016
  7. Athens and the Peloponnesian War
    Victor Davis Hanson
    April 25, 2016
  8. Sparta and Athens  Conclusions 
    Paul A. Rahe
    May 2, 2016
  9. Athens and Sparta  Conclusions 
    Victor Davis Hanson
    May 9, 2016

Hillsdale College offers a catalog of free, online courses taught by its faculty in subjects ranging from the Constitution to Winston S. Churchill, education, and economics. More than 900,000 students have generated more than 1.5 million course enrollments since the program launched in Fall 2011. 

More information and registration for “Athens and Sparta” are available at https://online.hillsdale.edu/.

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