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Greece: History and Philosophy of the Olympic Games
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Interdisciplinary/ Open to all majors
About the History and Philosophy of the Olympic Games Program
Offered Summer 2017
This course involves a two week educational experience in Greece. During this experience, students will learn about the history and philosophy of the Olympic Games, both ancient and modern. The course includes visits to major historical landmarks in Athens as well as to the venues of the 1896 and 2004 Olympic Games, the Hellenic Olympic Committee, and the International Olympic Academy. The course also includes visits to the sites of the four ancient Panhellenic Games (Corinth, Delphi, Nemea, and Olympia). In Delphi, Nemea, and Olympia students will run in the same stadia that ancient athletes did!
The course begins with an overnight flight to Athens. During the stay in Greece's capital, students will take guided tours of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the National Archeological Museum. They will also visit the Panathenaic Stadium and the Zappeion Megaro Hall, venues of the 1896 Olympic Games. In addition, students will be welcomed at the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Academy. Students will also tour the venues of the 2004 Olympic Games. Finally, while in Athens, students will spend an afternoon exploring Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.
After the initial five nights in Athens, students will spend two nights in the lovely island of Aegina before heading to the Peloponnesus on a private bus. On the way to Epidauros, students will visit the Canal and the Archeological Museum in Corinth. In Epidauros, students will explore its Archeological Museum and The Sanctuary of Asclepios. While en route to Olympia, students will make stops in Mycene as well as the Ancient Museum and Stadium in Nemea. In Olympia, students will spend two nights at the International Olympic Academy. There, they will take guided tours of the Archaeological Museum and the Archaeological Site as well as visit the local Museum of the Olympic Games.
After visiting Olympia, students will move on to Delphi, site of the ancient oracle, where they will spend two nights. In Delphi, students will enjoy guided tours of the Archaeological Museum and the Archaeological Site. From Delphi, students will return to Athens, where they will spend one night, to flight back to the United States.
The content of this course is made up of the trip itself along with discussions of assigned readings, documentaries, and lectures. These discussions are aimed at helping students understand and appreciate more fully the ancient and modern Olympic Games as well as their entire experience in Greece.
The History and Philosophy of the Olympic Games Program offers you the opportunity to:
To trace the history of the Olympic Games, both ancient and modern,
To comprehend the philosophy of the Olympic Movement,
To examine the structure and mission of the International Olympic Committee,
To understand social, political, and economic processes as they relate to the development of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games,
To identify and evaluate current and past problems in the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games,
To be able to develop a tenable standpoint on current and past problems in the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games,
To get acquainted with and value Greek culture, past and present.
For more information about the program, contact Dr. Cesar R. Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Ron Mower at email@example.com, Professors in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education.
Housing & Orientation
Students will stay in hotels (double occupancy) throughout the program with the exception of Olympia, where they will stay at the premises of the International Olympic Academy.
In mid April, students will participate in a two hour group meeting for pre-departure orientation and activities.
Fees for Brockport's Greece: History and Philosophy of Olympic Games Summer Program