School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: CHC-4 Semester: 2st
Course Title: The continuity and discontinuity of ideas: language and the history of concepts
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Graduate seminar Special background
Prerequisite courses: All first semester courses
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: The course aims at familiarizing students with the interpretation of concepts in a historical perspective, which is framed by an understanding of basic concepts of linguistic theory.

    General Competences: 
    • Free, creative, and inductive thought
    • Individual work
    • Team-work

    (3) SYLLABUS

    Language does not only reflect the flow of historical time but is also instrumental in shaping the conditions for conceiving transmutations of reality. The aim of this set of lectures is twofold. On the one hand, it seeks to provide an overview of major linguistic theories, from antiquity to date, in the hope deciphering linguistic data as a tool and index of the development and adventures of consciousness. On the other hand, it seeks to delve into the content of concepts which eventually crystallized in polar pairs such as law/nature, interest/fairness, part/whole, etc., in specific historical circumstances.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of educational materials available online through the eclass platform
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 100
    Oral presentations 50
    Written assignments 100
    Course total: 250
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Method of evaluation:
    Oral presentations, written assignments


    Suggested bibliography:

    Πλάτων. Κρατύλος: Ή περί ορθότητας ονομάτων, μτφ. Φιλολογική Ομάδα Κάκτου, ( Αθήνα: Χατζόπουλος, 1994).
    De Saussure, Ferdinand. Course in General Linguistics (New York: Philosophical Library, 1959).
    Chomsky, Noam. Syntactic Structures (Berlin-New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2002).
    Lakoff, George. Women, Fire and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal about the Mind (Chicago:University of Chicago Press,1987).