This online unit, The Olympic Games: Ancient and Modern, from OUA and Macquarie University explores shame and guilt-cultures, and traces the differences between ancient and modern worlds.
At the completion of this unit, students will understand the central concepts of Greek and Roman polytheistic religion, as well as the Olympic Games and similar athletic festivals in Ancient Greece.
Students will also examine the symbolic importance of athletics and competition in constructing Ancient Greek identity, and the impact of the Enlightenment on European culture, particularly on physical culture and physical education.
Key learning outcomes include a critical grasp of the place of international athletic competition and friendship in the rhythm of political life in Europe, America and the world in the 20th and early 21st Centuries.
To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed a level 1 ancient history unit.
Areas of study
In The Olympic Games: Ancient and Modern unit, the topics you will study include:
Homer, Hesiod, shame-cultures, competition and athletics
The Olympic victor-lists and archaic Greece: sport, religion and politics
The Olympic Games in the 5th Century BCE
The Olympic Games in the 4th Century BCE
The development of the religious landscape at Olympia
The Odes of Pindar and aristocratic values
The Hellenistic and Roman Olympic Games
Were there any ‘Olympics’ after Theodosius?
The Enlightenment and Europe: The path to revival of the Olympic Games
Greece in 19th Century: the ‘forgotten’ Olympics
Pierre de Coubertin, Demetrios Vikelas, WP Brooks: Athens 1896
The Olympic Games and Politics: Berlin 1936
The changing nature of the Olympics in the 21st Century
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit provides students with core competencies in ancient history, advanced analytical and communication skills as well as the ability to assemble information, formulate an argument and find creative ways to present ideas.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in The Olympic Games: Ancient and Modern from Macquarie University.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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