Christianity and World Politics in Athens and Rome
Fall 2020 Global Seminar
Christians have sought to correlate their faith and political thought for almost two thousand years. This course will examine how Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions have answered this theological-political dilemma.
On this fall global seminar, we will begin in Athens, Greece, where students will have the opportunity to discover the ancient sites such as the Acropolis, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and Greek Evangelical Church. While the remains of ancient Athens is still prevalent throughout the city today, the city is as young and vibrant as ever. After our time in Athens, we'll travel to Rome, where we'll study Catholic political thought. You will be enveloped in the Roman past—the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica—while enjoying all of the modern-day cultural jewels that the Eternal City has to offer.
POL 2642: Christianity and World Politics (5 credits)
Explores the role of Christians in world politics from the early church to today. Topics include the changing relationship between church and state, the witness of Christians under totalitarianism, the development of the idea of religious liberty and political conflicts over social justice. Attributes: WE, Ways of Engaging
Courses on Fall Global Seminars will count toward your fall quarter course load. The tuition plateau allows for 18 credits, so students participating in this program will be able to take 13 additional credits after returning to SPU for fall quarter.
August 27: Depart USA (Most overseas flights travel overnight)
August 28: Program begins in Athens, Greece
September 7: Group flight from Rome to Athens
September 15: Program ends in Rome, Italy. Students may depart any time or stay on in Europe independently
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in twin or triple rooms in centrally located hotels for the duration of the program.
Daily breakfast and a few group meals are included in the program fee. Students should budget approximately $150 per week for additional meals. Our hosts in both cities will advise you on the best options for affordable local dining
Program fees include:
|2019 ESTIMATED Program Fee
|3,900 + $300 confirmation payment (administrative fee)
Estimated expenses not included in program fees
- Lodging - Twin or triple rooms in centrally located hotels
- 3-4 group meals.
- Airport pick-up in Athens (ATH) and drop-off in Rome (FCO)
- Flight between Athens and Rome
- Public transportation passes in each city
- Entrance fees and transportation to all group cultural and sightseeing activities
- Medical insurance for the duration of the program
- Tuition: Credits earned are part of regular fall tuition
- Airfare: Approx. $1,000
- Meals: Approx. $150 per week
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, activities, etc.) - varies
- Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.
Students on the Athens-Rome Global Seminar may be eligible for financial aid, including state and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying
Students will book flights to Athens and home from Rome independently, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control.
Please do not book your flights until you have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed by the study abroad office. Specific information about flights will be emailed to students after the group has been confirmed.There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing. At the end of the program, return airport transportation will be provided.
On this program, students will arrive into Athens, Greece (airport code (ATH) and will depart from Rome, Italy, (airport code FCO). Students who plan to arrive early will be responsible for their own transportation to meet up with the group in Athens and we will provide advice for the best transportation options.
The group will be traveling by air between Athens and Rome and the cost for the one-way flight is included in your program fee and will be arranged by SPU.
Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times. We cannot ensure airport transportation if this information is not provided.
Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.
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Dr. Caleb Henry is Associate Professor of Political Science and has been at Seattle Pacific University since 2007. He is interested in how Christian thought interacts with political and economic theory. Among his publications are articles on the political and economic thought of Pope Francis and Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards.
||Dr. Caleb Henry
Associate Professor of Political Science
Office: McKenna 206
Dr. Henry is excited to introduce students to the different ways that Christian denominations have sought to correlate their faith and politics. What better places to study this topic than in Athens and Rome?