Upcoming Offerings for Fall 2016
Leadership in the Ancient World
Joel Christensen (Brandeis University) and Norman Sandridge (Howard University) are directing Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership, which will be offered on campus at seven colleges and universities (Brandeis University, Emory University, Hobart and William Smith College, Howard University, Tulane University, University of Findlay, and the University of Texas at San Antonio). The entire content for the course, including exercises, may be found online here. Further information about the course is available here. Those who wish to take in the course and are not enrolled in any of the participating institutions should follow this link for information about the tutorial program.
Advanced Greek: Greek Hellenistic Literature
This course focuses on the evolution of Greek literature during the Hellenistic period, which begins with the conquest of Alexander the Great and the founding of the Museum at Alexandria by Ptolemy I Soter. This course will be directed by Dr. Ivana Petrovic and Dr. Andrej Petrovic (both UDurham). More information about the course will be available in August 2016.
Advanced Latin: Latin Literature of the Roman Empire
This course will explore the literature of the Roman Empire through the works of authors who were active during the period beginning with the reign of Vespasian and extending to the death of M. Aurelius. This course will be directed by Dr. Victoria Emma Pagan (UF). More information about the course will be available in August 2016.
Upcoming Offerings for Spring 2017
Each semester Sunoikisis offers one Greek course and one Latin course, offered in cycles. The Sunoikisis faculty engage in seminars each June to develop these courses. A listing of the complete course cycles is available along with past syllabi and lecture videos on our Greek archives and Latin archives pages.
The cycle of Sunoikisis inter-institutional, team-taught literature courses makes creative use of technology to connect institutions. The use of video conferencing, chat, and online course management software enable the participation of students and faculty from throughout the country.
Each course consists of several elements: readings, online discussion, online common session, and meeting with a campus tutor. Readings and asynchronous online discussion precede and prepare for the weekly online common session. Local faculty and students also arrange meetings on individual campuses.
A different faculty member leads the common sessions each week, in order to expose students to a variety of approaches and expertise. Generally, the sessions consist of an audio lecture and discussion via a chat room. Shortly before the common session begins, students will log into a virtual classroom with an associated chat room, which allow the director of the course to monitor the reception of the audio lecture, ensure that students receive credit for attending, and permit students and faculty members to direct questions to the lecturer. During the lecture, faculty members can display slides on the whiteboard of the virtual classroom.
The current technological infrastructure employs Google Hangout multi-point interactive videoconferencing software, and Sakai, an open source course management system.