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insight4me Classical Civilisation: Beliefs & Ideas With University of Reading & University of East Anglia

29th April 2020 @ 11:10 - 12:10



insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12/Year 13 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, in this case, Classical Civilisation is taught.

In this insight4me Classical Civilisation webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, University of East Anglia and University of Reading, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Beliefs & Ideas, the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the Year 12/Year 13 students.

Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the Classical Civilisation spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond the A-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of Classical Civilisation can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Full details of the universities and their talks are below:

  • University of Reading: Professor Amy Smith (Click name for profile) will present 10 Things You Really Ought To Know About Democracy. We have the ancient Greeks to thank for ‘democracy’, the word, and the concept, pioneered by the ancient Athenians between the end of the 6th and the end of the 4th centuries BCE. Despite the fact that ancient Athenian democracy looked very different from our own there are still some lessons we can learn from them. This session will introduce participants to some archaeological material that evidences ancient Athenian democracy and consider how this material conveys important aspects of democracy, some of which may even carry lessons for present & future societies.
  • University of East Anglia: Jack Manzi poses the question What is Knowledge? Ancient Answers to an Ancient Question. Just what does it mean to know something? Can we ever truly know anything at all? This is an ancient question in philosophy. Despite over 2000 years of thinking about it, we’re not any closer to knowing (or not knowing) the answer! Some of our best attempts at answering this question come from the very people that posed it: the Ancient Greeks. In this session, we’ll be looking at Ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s attempts to answer this question, and we’ll examine how knowledge might (or might not) intersect with thought and belief.

Students will have the chance to question each speaker and/or offer their own ideas.

This will be a dynamic, fast paced event with the universities cycling between 2 different virtual rooms. The universities will decide how to manage the time but a rough guide would be a 20 minute talk followed by questions from the schools.

Now that schools are closed due to COVID-19, we are delighted to be able to offer this session as a Channel Talent At Home event. The session will be run so students can access it from home with the ability to ask questions via microphones and/or comments/chat.


Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Classical Civilisation and related disciplines such as Philosophy, Archaeology, and Politics. Teachers are also very welcome and we would be delighted if this was treated as a class event with teachers and students.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Classical Civilisation at university level.

The IT Setup: Depending upon numbers, the event will be run on Bluejeans or as a Facebook Live event and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. They will be able to interact with the university via microphones and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the form below (If you are a teacher and prefer to register on behalf of your class, please also register using the form below and indicate numbers in the final question):

Sign-up link: Classical Civilisation Webinar 29 April 2020



29th April 2020
11:10 - 12:10
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