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A MOOC on Christianity and philosophy in antiquity

What is Christianity? What is Greek philosophy? Why and how has Christianity adopted numerous concepts from Greek philosophers? Does Christianity oppose philosophical reasoning? Beginning on May 26, Sorbonne University is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) held by Paris-Sorbonne University on the EdX international platform, called ‘Christianity and philosophy in antiquity.’

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Held by Paris-Sorbonne University, this MOOC questions the timeless relationship between religion and philosophy from the past to the present day, and aspires to be an educational tool for both beginners and an informed audience.

From May 26 to June 30 2016, over a period of six weeks, Internet users will be able to follow a one-hour class each week for free via the EdX platform. This MOOC, taught by Professor Sébastien Morlet, an expert in late antiquity, and produced by the new digital humanities department at Paris-Sorbonne University, questions the timeless relationship between religion and philosophy from the past to the present day and aspires to be an educational tool for both beginners and an informed audience.

The ‘Christianity and philosophy in antiquity’ class is one of the few MOOCs in the field of humanities taught in French on the EdX platform. It follows the MOOC on ‘Exploring classical theatre’ by Georges Forestier, which was also held by Paris-Sorbonne University in October 2015 on the topic of theater of the 17th century and the masterpieces of Molière, Corneille and Racine.

Sorbonne University is the first university community to be partnered with the EdX platform, which was founded in 2002 by two leading American universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.

Practical information

Registration is open

The MOOC will take place from May 26 to June 30, 2016, for a six-week session.

Class details

Breakdown of each class: each session includes six episodes of 10-minute lessons.

Each episode is extended by one or more exercises, which allow the learner to assess their understanding. The six sessions of classes therefore comprise a total of six hours.

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