Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets - Part 2

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Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets - Part 2

<p>Throughout History mysterious organisations have harboured secrets accessible only to members and sought to influence political elites. It is not necessary to have attended Secret Societies Part 1

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Throughout History mysterious organisations have harboured secrets accessible only to members and sought to influence political elites. It is not necessary to have attended Secret Societies Part 1 which was featured in the Summer 2017 program


SUGGESTED READING

  • Life Magazine edition, The Hidden World of Secret Societies, Vol 12 No 9, June 2012
  • Mark Booth, Secret History of the World, Overlook Press, 2010


COURSE OUTLINE
The aims, members, and rituals across a selection of secret societies in their historical contexts including:

  • The ancient world e.g. The Eleusinian Mysteries and the Delphic Oracle
  • The mediaeval world e.g. the Knights Templar and the Assassins
  • The modern world e.g. Ku Klux Klan, Thule Society, Odessa, The Black Hand and the Illuminati


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the main characteristics and aims of various secret societies in their historical contexts
  2. Examine some of the famous historical figures associated with the secret societies and their positions of power within those societies
  3. Discuss the impact of the secret societies and their evolving nature over the centuries