Courses Description

Compulsory Courses

Term 1

English Ι

The course introduces students to the specialized terminology and the main concepts of Political Science and International Relations.

Principles of Law-Constitutional Law

The course includes basic concepts of a general theory of Constitutional Law, polity issues, as well as the sources of Greek Constitutional Law. The choice of issues analyzed enhances the Politics student’s understanding of law rules affecting Greek politics. Teaching rests on a combination of theoretical analysis and their application. The course includes the basic concepts and the elements of general theory of Constitutional Law, elements of politology, as well as the sources of the Greek Constitutional Law. The choice of the particular subjects to be analyzed seeks to meet the need of a political scientist to approach the meaning of the rules of the law which regulate Greek political life. The teaching of the course provides a combination of theoretical analysis and application of these rules. The aim of the course is the familiarization with the fundamental concepts, the main methodological conclusions of Constitutional Law.

 Introduction to International Politics

The course studies the interaction among state and non-state actors in the international environment. Its objective is to introduce the students to the main features of the international system as well as familiarize them with the core concepts and research tools of the discipline of international relations. Moreover, the course acquaints the students with the most important issues featuring in the world agenda, namely, the struggle against poverty and underdevelopment, the protection of human rights, the spread of democracy, and the fight against terrorism. Altogether, the course prepares the students for the needs of the Spring term course on International Relations.

 Introduction to Political Science

For the purposes of this course, Political Science is defined in a broad sense, including the study of power and the state, as well as the study of phenomena that have political dimensions and perform a political function. The aim of the course is the acquaintance with the sources, the basic concepts, theories and methodological tools by which Political Science tries to conceive and interpret the different forms of the political phenomenon and the demonstration of its pluralistic character. Thus, it will serve as a basis for more advanced courses.

Research and Methods in Social Sciences

The course serves as an introduction to first-yearstudents to methods in social sciences. Research and Methods in Social Sciences seeks to introduce new-comer, first-year students to the ways research is conducted and knowledge is produced in social sciences. In addition to outlining the fundamentals of qualitative methods, it discusses several aspects of the philosophy of social sciences. Also, it tries to act as a practical, instruction guide to social science research and writing: study of literature, constructing the framework for analysis, data compilation, testing of hypotheses or arguments, scrutiny of findings, and proposals for further research.

Modern European and World History

This course aims to affiliate students with the dynamics and interaction of modern European and World history. The contents are structured chronologically and thematically for offering a comprehensive study of major historical events and their wider global impact. Through this course the students will acquire an understanding of the various ways in which the legacy of recent history shapes current European and international issues. They will integrate their European perspective into a wider global view of historical developments. The course also requires that students learn to inject into the study of history basic lessons of political, economic and IR theory.

Term 2

English ΙΙ

The course aims at improving the oral and written capacity of students to express arguments in english with respect to topics related to the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations.

International Relations

International Relations is the field of social sciences that examines the dynamics and practice of world politics in the past and present in a theoretically informed way. In essence, it is a discipline that studies thoroughly the phenomenon of war and peace in space and time focusing on the relations developed between state and non-state actors in areas of human activity that go through and across borders, territories and regions. From this angle, the course provides an overview of the history and development of the discipline of international relations great debates and major schools of thought while discussing relevant methodological issues, along with aspects of the philosophy of social sciences.

International Law

The International Law regulates several aspects of social behavior. It is not limited, as in the past, in the inter-state relations and pervades major segments of internal law. The major objects of regulations concern the pacific solution of international conflicts and the avoidance of violence, the protection of human dignity and the international cooperation in every field. The  rules of International Law refer to the internal as well as to the international protection of human rights and to the international economic relations. Dealing with international law involves not only governments, international organizations, international institutions and international institutions of the state as well as simple citizens, as well as those whose intention is the creation of an international civil society. The aim of the course is the familiarization with the fundamental concepts, the main methodological proceedings and the basic conclusions of Public International Law.

Introduction to Sociology

In this course we attempt a first acquaintance with the science of sociology in general, and in particular with the branch of political sociology. Sociology is the scientific study of human groups, big or small, and of societies, in of particular contemporary industrial societies. The course focuses on social life in contemporary world and is interested in the social relations of human beings, which organize and give meaning to their lives. We attempt a first contact and introduction to basic concepts and approaches of sociology in a systematic way. This attempt aims at enlarging the horizons of students and provide them with a global conception of social facts and the world in which they live. The understanding of particular social situations as much as of society in general and of contemporary societies and their context, the enforcement of capacity of appreciating the effects of policies, the understanding of basic social distinctions and cultural differences, the significance of sociological theory and of research in sociology, constitute the aims of the course with practical significance and decisive influence and impact on the unfolding of political phenomena. The aim of the course is to contribute to the sensibilisation of students on these issues.

Political Theory

The course investigates aspects of modern political theory from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Its aim is twofold: (a) the acquaintance with some of the most influential political ideas and arguments of the modern era in connection with the intellectual context in which they took place and (b) the study of primary texts as an indispensable source of knowledge and as a means to cultivate critical thinking.

Modern Greek History

The objective of this course is to introduce students to Greek history of the 20th century. The historical facts are presented in the context of deeper systemic, political, economic, social and ideological realities in order to promote a genuine understanding of contemporary Greece up to the present. Domestic issues are studied in parallel with foreign policy and security strategies through the intensive analysis of social cleavages, institutional structures, the political party system and the decision-making processes. The students obtain knowledge that allows them to study Greece as part of the broader European and international history and, at the same time, to be able to assess its special features through time. The course requires that students learn to inject into the study of history basic lessons of political, economic and IR theory.

 

Term 3

Diplomacy and International Organization

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to the methods of diplomacy, as well as to the institutional organization of the international system. The course aims at making students familiar with the most important theoretical and practical aspects of diplomatic practice, as well as the role of international organizations in the international setting, with emphasis on issues such as peace and security, international economic relations etc. In this framework, through the use of practical examples, the course presents the ways diplomatic relations are developed among states, as well as the ways diplomatic negotiations are carried out, both at the bilateral and the multilateral level. Moreover, the typology, the structure and the aims of international organizations are analyzed, with emphasis on the functioning of organizations such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, NATO etc.

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

The aim of the course is to cultivate the “empirical” analytical thought. It concerns the development of knowledge and competitions  aiming the description and the understanding of complex or less complex social phenomena through information and data.

Meeting the demands of the course, students will be able to synthesize and proceed into integrated analyses on issues of social, economic or political interest. Students will learn how to:

-trace, recuperate and process quantitative and qualitative public data on issues of social, economic or political character

-choose from an array of analytical techniques and apply them to the exploration of issues of social, economic or political character,

-interpret and further present in a creative way the results of their analyses through the use of advanced representations and formalized references

The course is based upon the three axes: data-information-knowledge, that is, upon the way knowledge is built: from data to information and from information to knowledge.

Introduction to Economics

This course familiarizes students with basic notions and terminology of economic theory. In particular, in the context of microeconomics, it examines the concept of the market and supply/demand, of competition, oligopoly and monopoly, as well as some aspects of cost-benefit analysis and game theory. It also introduces some major concepts and terminology of macroeconomics such as GDP, inflation, unemployment, growth, fiscal vs. monetary policy, and exports-imports-balance of trade.

Greek Diplomatic History, 1821-1923

The course presents the development of Greek foreign policy from the establishment of the Greek state to the signing of Peace Treaty of Lausanne. In this framework, the course analyzes the catalytic impact that irredentism had on Greek foreign policy of the said period. Special mention is made on relations that Greece developed with the Great Powers, with the Ottoman Empire, as well as with other Balkan states. All the major diplomatic events in which Greece was involved during the 19th and the early 20th centuries are overviewed. Last but not least, the course pinpoints the decisive importance that the Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Treaty o Lausanne had on the reorientation of Greece’s strategic priorities.

Introduction to Political Sociology

The course focuses on the study of politics and of the political sub-systems of society. Emphasis  is put on the idea that the examination of political institutions must take in account their organic ties with the society in which they subsist and function and they should be viewed as separate and independent systems. Also, basic aim of the course is the familiarization with the basic terminology of Political Sociology. Beginning with the major precursors of Political Sociology, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Montesquieu and under the guidance of classic sociologists such as Marx and Weber, as well as contemporaries from Parsons to Foucault and Bourdieu, we approach in a critical way the central concepts-phenomena of force, power, politics, obligation, legitimization and instability of political regimes, as they are shaped in every society and in particular in the later contemporary modern society. Further aim of the course is the awareness of the process of “construction” and shaping of our political-social self, in relation with basic political structures, institutions, systems, functions and ideologies, within the frame of contemporary, modern or post-industrial, globalized society.

Political Philosophy

The course investigates the principles of justice involved in the legitimization of the various political regimes. It studies the major theories of social justice, focusing on the principles of contractual justice and of utility, with emphasis given to their critique by the liberal theories of justice and by marxist, feminist and communitarian lines of thought. The course also attempts to highlight the break between the modern and pre-modern conceptions, among which the platonic principle of functional reciprocity,  and the aristotelian principle of geometrical equality,

Comparative Politics

Comparative politics is the study of the most important political similarities and differences between/among political entities (countries, institutions, etc). Comparative politics is first and foremost a method to study a variety of political phenomena, becoming comparative government (if it studies government), comparative electoral studies (if it studies electoral systems), comparative foreign policy (if it studies foreign policy) etc. The course aims to familiarize students with the fundamental concepts, analytical methods and basic conclusions of comparative politics. It also aims to prepare students for courses of the two final years of study in both Political Science and International Relations (particularly Area Studies).

 

Term 4

International Political Economy

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with a new field in international (economic) relations, the International Political Economy (IPE). It has now become commonly understood that the study of comprehensive issues such as the international economic and political relations, the international financial system, development and underdevelopment, and North-South interdependence, requires a holistic, multidisciplinary approach. Politics and economics, internal and external affairs, are part of the same whole through which we assess and understand the complex reality. At first, we analyze the basic theoretical approaches in International Political Economy. Secondly, we assess special issues of IPE with emphasis on the formulation and the outcomes of the international financial, economic and political system and structures from the Second World War onwards.

European Integration

The course focuses on the institutional and political organization of the EU, with reference to the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon. It analyzes the main theoretical approaches to European integration: functionalism and neo-functionalism, intergovernmentalism and the supra-national model, the goals and weaknesses of those models in determining teleologically the future of a united Europe. Furthermore, it examines the role of the European institutions such as the Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the Court of Justice and the main processes and policies, with particular emphasis on the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Theories of Culture

The course examines modern cultural theories with reference to the most important periods of cultural thought in the 20th century. The course underlines, through the study of texts and other cultural products, the interdisciplinary character of cultural thought – the interaction of cultural studies with political science, social anthropology, comparative literature, sociology and feminist studies. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic cultural concepts and with the works of the most widely recognized western thinkers at the fields of cultural studies, feminist thought and comparative imagology.

Economic Theory and Development

The course is intended to introduce students to the concepts of economic development and growth, studying the evolution of various theoretical approaches. It familiarizes students with a broad range of related issues, such as GDP and alternative development indices, balanced vs. non-balanced growth models, poverty, demography and migration, inequality, technology and development, import substitution vs. trade liberalism, environmental aspects, and globalization.

Political Leadership

The course aims at approaching the phenomenon of leadership especially within the framework of a democratic political system. It assesses principal theories, values and features of leadership, models of leadership in the fields of society and the economy, the significance of leadership to the functioning of political and social institutions and the importance of gender. Moreover, leadership is seen with regard to decision-making with emphasis on the values and principles of public interest, as well as on the structures, functions and the overall regulatory framework of modern governance that influence the quality of decision-making.

Conflict and Security in World Politics

Drawing on theoretical debates and discussion developed in the first-year course on International Relations, this course focuses on two analytical categories, that is, conflict and security, which matter a great deal to making sense of world politics.  Conflict and security are taken to result from the driving forces of competition and cooperation in the anarchical international society, which in turn determine the evolution of peace and war. Within this theoretical framework, the course seeks to discuss conflict and security in the view of: a) the traditional and contemporary IR theories, b) the part that state and non-state agents play in determining their evolution, and c) the experience of practice, and of the challenges of the future.

 

Term 5 – Specialization: Political Science (students select 3 courses)

European Union Law

The course provides a thorough examination of EC/EU institutions and their significance for European citizens. Following a historical overview of European integration up to the present, the course goes on to examine: a) the EU/EC legal nature and mission, b) EU/EC Institutions (Council, Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Justice), c) Acts adopted by European institutions, d) the judicial protection system, and e) citizen rights according to the European Court of Justice in case of a member state’s violation of community law (direct effect, the supremacy of EU over national law, indirect effect, right of compensation.

Management Principles for Organizations and Business

Management and Decision Making is a two-fold framework for comprehending organizational activity, in the private as well as the public sector. In politics and governance, this framework often means the difference between intent and effectiveness in goal attainment, successful reforms implementation, and prosperity resulting from political actions in general. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the fields of organizational management, management science and major decision making applications.

Public Administration and Public Management

The scope of the course is the comparative presentation and analysis of the contemporary models of public sector management. At a first level, course presents the historical evolution of public administration theory and practice. Following the analysis of the theoretical framework of public administration, course analyses the evolution and the reform of the contemporary models of public administration, focusing on the governance and performance issues. At the last part of the course, the basic principles and the models of organizational design and management in the public sector are presented, as well as the current issues on pubic management reform.

Greek Political System

The course deals with the construction and development of the Greek political system from the perspective of political science. Some of its major themes include the functioning of fundamental political institutions, democratization, state-society relations, the party system, political ideologies, the impact of socio-economic factors, modernization and Europeanization. Major historical events for the political system are investigated, such as the beginnings of state formation, the civil war, democratic consolidation and adherence to the EC. Moreover, important aspects of the quality of the democratic process are critically approached.

 

Term 6 – Specialization: Political Science (students select 3 courses)

Political Systems and Parties in Contemporary Europe

The course assesses the role and features of political parties and party systems as regards the functions of democratic representation, the exercise of political power and its democratic control. Its major themes concern democratic consolidation, political culture, typologies of party systems, political ideologies, the role of parties in the functioning of parliamentary institutions and executive bodies. Moreover, emphasis is given to the influence of social factors and historical events on the formation of particular cleavages – and correspondingly, to the rise or fall of particular parties – and on the ‘crisis of representation’ that some developed democracies are faced with.

State and Civil Society

The course approaches the relations of State and Society through MichaelWalzer’s concept of « spheres of justice » and the distinct principles of distribution of social goods that regulate the spheres of membership, office, welfare, market, religion, education, family, political power. Within this conceptual framework the course strives to elucidate the historical phenomenon of the modern State and the concomitant process of the emergence of an autonomous « Civil Society ».

Public Policy Analysis

The scope of the course is to present, and comparative analyze the different steps and tools of public policy design and implementation. In this context, the theoretical background, the historical evolution and the wider social, political and economic factors determined public policy theory and practice are presented. Following the course analyzes, the stages of public policy design and formulation, the basic models and tools of public policy implementation, the decision-making matrix, as well as the critical issues of the evaluation of public policy impact on the society and the economy.

Politics and Violence

The course examines various theories explaining political violence. It focuses on modern phenomena of social and political uprisings, insurgencies and terrorism, both domestic and international.  Moreover, the course is dealing with terrorism activity after 1960s and the transformation of political violence in the 21st century.

Decision Modelling and Information Systems

Decision modelling and information systems is an introductory course into the realm of quantitative models that are used for decision making. In particular students are are introduced to decriptive, normative and prescriptive decision making models, such as linear programming, simulation and decision analysis. Emphasis is given in the use of software tools that simplify the development and of use of these models as instruments, in a way that resembles a black-box approach. During the length of the course students cultivate software skills and skills in abstracting real world problems as decision models.

 

Term 5 – Specialization: International Relations (students select 3 courses)

European Union Law

The course provides a thorough examination of EC/EU institutions and their significance for European citizens. Following a historical overview of European integration up to the present, the course goes on to examine: a) the EU/EC legal nature and mission, b) EU/EC Institutions (Council, Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Justice), c) Acts adopted by European institutions, d) the judicial protection system, and e) citizen rights according to the European Court of Justice in case of a member state’s violation of community law (direct effect, the supremacy of EU over national law, indirect effect, right of compensation).

Foreign Policy Analysis

The course studies decisions and actions of state and non-state actors that aim at influencing their external environment. It introduces students to the complexity of the foreign decision-making process and discusses the main domestic and international factors that affect the exercise of foreign policy. Some of the questions that are dealt with in the courses are the following: How are decisions of foreign policy taken? What is the role of individuals in the process? How do the personality and the beliefs of decision-makers affect their actions? Which factors usually lead to wrong decisions in foreign policy?

Strategic Studies

Strategic Studies is the field of the discipline of international relations that explores, focusing on human action and power, how the relation of means to the ends of policy plays its part in shaping occurrences, trends and transformations in world politics. It is substantially a subject that, cutting across such subjects of the discipline as security and defence studies, geopolitics, crisis management, conflict resolution and foreign policy analysis, is formulated through and by the interdisciplinary dialogue engagement of International Relations with History, Political Science and Sociology. It is from this perspective that drawing attention to violence and its main component, military force, sets the thread of the problematique over the phenomenon of war and peace. Equipped with this framework of analysis, the course sheds light on the history of strategic thought to make the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of strategic studies familiar to students.

Introduction to Geopolitics

Geopolitics is the branch of International Relations which seeks to understand, explain, and predict international political behavior by using geographical variables. Typical geographical variables are the location, size, climate, demography and natural resources  The course examines the history of geopolitical thought from the German geographers of the 19th century and Halford Mackinder’s ‘heartland theory’ to French geopolitical thought that attempted to ‘de-nationalize’ geopolitics, and contemporary critical geopolitics that emphasize geographical discourses and study geographical imagination. Much attention is paid to the influence of geopolitical ideas on policy-making.

 

Term 6 – Specialization: International Relations (students select 3 courses)

Political Parties and Systems in Contemporary Europe

The course assesses the role and features of political parties and party systems as regards the functions of democratic representation, the exercise of political power and its democratic control. Its major themes concern democratic consolidation, political culture, typologies of party systems, political ideologies, the role of parties in the functioning of parliamentary institutions and executive bodies. Moreover, emphasis is given to the influence of social factors and historical events on the formation of particular cleavages – and correspondingly, to the rise or fall of particular parties – and on the ‘crisis of representation’ that some developed democracies are faced with.

American Politics

In this course students deepen their knowledge on the United States of America studying both American foreign policy and the American political system. This dual perspective is achieved through a mix of lectures constituting of lectures by the instructor and other guest speakers and oral presentations of specific research assignments by the students themselves. The research assignments do not substitute the course contents. This mix exposes students to many issues of American policy thus offering them insight into the emergence of the United States as a Superpower and its paramount political role in world affairs since the Second World War. Students obtain knowledge and training that helps them understand the ideological, geopolitical and strategic sources and resources of American policies both in the international and in the domestic field.

International Cooperation for Development

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the meaning, content and practices of development cooperation policies. These are some of the issues to be discussed: Are development cooperation policies (or should they be) an integral part of foreign policy objectives rather than a mechanism whose sole objective is to provide relief and assistance to those in need? Which are the limits between development cooperation and economic diplomacy? Moreover, the students will assess, through a series of case studies, the implementation mechanisms, the objectives and when possible the efficiency of development cooperation policies, mainly those of the European Union and its member states and the U.S.

Basic Principles of Macroeconomic Policy

The course “Basic Principles of Macroeconomic Policy” is designed to help the students understand thoroughly the behavior of the economy as a whole. To study the overall performance of the economy, the course gives particular emphasis on economic policies and policy variables that affect that performance – on monetary and fiscal policies, the money stock and interest rates, the public debt, the budget and the public deficits, the balance of payments and the determination of income in an open economy.

International Relations of East Asia and the EU (Jean Monnet Program)

Nowadays, a ‘power shift’ is taking place in the global political economy from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean owing to the rapid growth of China (and in the recent past of neighboring Japan). While economic interdependence and regional co-operation (see for instance the establishment of ASEAN) are intense in Eastern Asia, conflicts for natural resources (e.g. Sea of South China), and territorial disputes (e.g. between China and Japan and between China and Taiwan) are not absent from the region. Not surprisingly, the EU has been increasingly turning its attention to Eastern Asia and is currently emerging in to an important economic partner of the region’s countries. The course analyzes the political-economic and social dynamics of Eastern Asia and assesses the impact of the EU policies towards the region.

 

Term 7 – Specialization: Political Science

Nations and Nationalism

In both political science and international relations, the understanding of the ideology of nationalism as well as the emergence, nature and legitimacy of contemporary nation-states is of crucial importance. Without an interpretation of the dynamics of these phenomena, political issues ranging from sovereignty to power relationships and from regional co-operation to violent conflicts (inter or intra-state) become completely incomprehensible. The course is an introduction to nationalism, focusing especially but not exclusively on the European experience. It aims to familiarize students with all theoretical paradigms of nationalism and also to evaluate their explanatory power with references to a number of case–studies. Particular emphasis is also given to the consequences of nationalism, both positive (democracy and capitalism) and negative (stereotypes, feelings of superiority etc.).

Elections, Electoral Systems and Electoral Behavior 

The course describes how electoral laws and electoral systems affect the interests of the parties, the intra party life, the structure, the competition among political parties and the formation of the political party systems. Moreover, the relations between voters and the party identification, the phenomenon of the volatile electoral behavior and the current tendency of individualization will be examined.  Finally, emphasis will be given on the methods of surveying public opinion (polls) and the influence they exercise over the current political parties and party systems. The objective of this course is to analyze the role of the elections and the electoral systems in party politics and party systems. The course describes how electoral laws and electoral systems affect the interests of the parties, the intra party life, the structure, the competition among political parties and the formation of the political party systems.

Political Communication and Mass Media

The course studies the ideological and practical influence of various mass media (the press, cinema, television, internet etc) on the formation of public opinion. Particular emphasis is given to their influence on contemporary political behavior, the management of political power, communication strategies of parties, governments, organizations, economic and social institutions. Attention is also paid to the influence of public opinion on the agenda and ideological preferences of mass media. Empirical cases are combined with relevant theoretical analysis of fundamental notions in philosophy and communication.  The course offers an introduction to the mechanisms of communication activities in the field of politics through practices, such as planning and management of electoral campaign, the use of political resources and mass media and the analysis of public opinion polls.

Contemporary Greek Society- Aspects

The subject of the course is the presentation and analysis of basic aspects of contemporary Greek society. The approach is based on combination. The analysis of various themes as well as of larger approaches of contemporary Greek society aims at the reinforcement of the understanding of the complexity and the variety that pertain to it. In this directions students have the occasion to know and study official statistics concerning Greek society, which allow a formalistic knowledge/acquaintance. On the other hand, the course of life examines aspects of modern Greek society having to do with family, work, immigration, economic activity, institutions, practices and mentalities, way of life and civil society and focuses in particular on cultural and political aspects of post-war Greece. It also presents general considerations that have been proposed in order to interpret the approaches of N.Mouzelis (development-underdevelopment), K.Tsoukalas (function of the state), K.Vergopoulos (the agrarian question), G.Voulgaris (fall of the dictatorship and after), V.Agtzidis (division of refugees and stalk-citizens), approaches of fragmented regionalism (E.Gellner, N.Mouzelis, Th.Veremis) and of cultural dualism (N.Diamantouros).

Public Administration in Greece

The scope of the course is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the historical evolution and performance of public administration in Greece. Starting with the historical evolution and formulation of the national administrative model, the course analyzes the wider socio-political environment of public administration performance in Greece and the factors that contributed to its organization and the distribution of the competencies for public services provision between the public agencies. Furthermore, the course is presenting the organization of public Greek public administration at central, regional and local level, the issues and problems of public services provision, as challenges for the reform of the national administrative system.

 

Term 8 – Specialization: Political Science

National and International Protection of Fundamental Rights

This course concerns the protection of the fundamental rights on a national and international level. As a national level is meant the protection according to Greek Constitution and it concerns the general theory of protection of fundamental rights and the protection of particular rights protected by the Greek Constitution. As an international level is meant the protection on a universal level (United Nations) and also regional, where special emphasis will be given on the European Convention for the Human Rights and the Additional Protocols, which constitute in any case internal Law, since they have been signed by the Greek State.

Greek Economy

The purpose of this course is to study the development of the Greek Economy during the last fifty years. At a first stage, it analyzes the models of economic development and the protectionism that have prevailed until the 1980s. At a next stage, it extensively discusses issues such as the effects of EΕC accession, the macroeconomic policy of the 1980s, the change in the monetary policy in the 1990s, the way that Greece chose to reduce inflation and fulfill the Maastricht criteria, the economic policy in the period following the introduction of the euro as well as the causes of the recent economic crisis.

Political Ideologies

This course strives to offer a map with the major ideologies – Liberalism, Conservatism, Nationalism, Anarchism, Fascism- National Socialism -, and also more contemporary movements like Feminism and versions of religious fundamentalism as well as populism seen as “a thin-centred” ideologies . In the last lectures the course attempts to familiarize the ideological analysis with a selective reference to conceptual approaches, and also through discourse analysis. Students are expected on the one hand to construct a fundamental body of knowledge relative to the more important ideological currents, and on the other hand to form a critical ability of recognizing and appreciating ideological patterns as they unfold in contemporary political discourse.

Regional and Local Government

The purpose of this course is to present a comparative evaluation of the different models of Regional and Local Government organization at international level, focusing on the case of Local government in Greece. In this context, the theoretical framework and the different models of local government organization in the European Union are compared, in order to evaluate their implementation and performance and identify the common trends towards their reform. Having presented the wider environment, the theoretical framework and the  contemporary models of Regional and Local Government organization, is presented at the second part of the course the historical evolution, the institutional framework, the organizational design and the performance  the local government in Greece are critically analyzed.

The Psychology of Revolutions

The course investigates the phenomenon of revolutions from the point of view of political psychology: of the branch of social psychology which focuses on the psychological mechanisms associated to political practices. After an introduction to the general proceedings and methods of political and social psychology, the course will explore the psychological mechanisms that underpin the stability of political regimes and which, under certain conditions produce phenomena of “stasis” and violent constitutional change. These mechanisms constitute the subjective reception of those structural social disfunctions which lead to the growth of collective expectations which cannot be met and the frustration of which is provoking discontent. The psychic factor is analyzed into the desirability of the possibilities of “exit”, of “voice” and “loyalty”, with revolution being the choice of “exit” when “loyalty” recedes under the weight of growing anomy. The establishment of a new political order is examined through the prism of the psychological need of “routinization”.

 

Term 7 – Specialization: International Relations

Nations and Nationalism

In both political science and international relations, the understanding of the ideology of nationalism as well as the emergence, nature and legitimacy of contemporary nation-states is of crucial importance. Without an interpretation of the dynamics of these phenomena, political issues ranging from sovereignty to power relationships and from regional co-operation to violent conflicts (inter or intra-state) become completely incomprehensible. The course is an introduction to nationalism, focusing especially but not exclusively on the European experience. It aims to familiarize students with all theoretical paradigms of nationalism and also to evaluate their explanatory power with references to a number of case–studies. Particular emphasis is also given to the consequences of nationalism, both positive (democracy and capitalism) and negative (stereotypes, feelings of superiority etc.).

International Economic Relations

This course introduces students to basic theories that explain international trade relations, the international monetary system and financial market operations. The section of international trade will cover the basic theories of trade, the export-oriented growth strategy as well as the political economy of trade policy. Moreover, the role of foreign direct investment and of the multinational companies will be discussed. Monetary aspects of the international economy are the subject of the second section.  After a short presentation of the history of the international monetary system, the workings of the foreign exchange market will be analyzed. Moreover, issues like the rationale behind and effects of different exchange-rate policy regimes, the underlying reasons for international financial crises, the interplay between international and domestic macroeconomic forces in the adjustment of the Balance of Payments, will be discussed in this section.

Regional Security in the Middle East

The course explores international relations and security in the region of the Middle East. In particular, it presents the history of intractable conflicts (e.g., the Arab-Israeli conflict), their causes and prospects for peaceful resolution. It also examines the rise of radical Islam, the issue of terrorism, the role of minorities in the region, the clash between Shia and Sunni Muslims, Iran’s regional role, nuclear proliferation, and US, EU and Russian policies in the Middle East.

Russia in Global Politics and Economy

This course examines the place of post-Soviet Russia in world economy and international politics. The course focuses on Russia’s foreign policy schools, its characteristics as an “emerging power”, Russia’s international economic relations and energy policy, as well as its role on important issues on the contemporary international agenda. The purpose of the course is to enable students to understand how Russia interacts with other actors in international politics and what factors determine its international choices. Emphasis is placed on the international context of Russian policy-making and on the hard and soft power elements that Russia puts forward today, highlighting the country’s role in the international distribution of power and wealth.

Global Diasporas

The course examines different diasporas, i.e., the Jewish diaspora, the Armenian diaspora, the African diaspora, the Chinese diaspora, the Indian diaspora, the colonial diasporas, the Greek diaspora etc. Through a comparative approach, it analyzes in detail the transformations of national identity, the links with the mother-country and the relationship with the hosting country. Despite important differences in the ways they have been constructed (violence, forced movement, voluntary exodus etc), diasporas share a number of common characteristics. The course aims to familiarize students with issues of migration and the construction of diasporas and focuses on the cultural aspects of the phenomenon.

 

Term 8 – Specialization: International Relations

National and International Protection of Fundamental Rights

This course concerns the protection of the fundamental rights on a national and international level. As a national level is meant the protection according to Greek Constitution and it concerns the general theory of protection of fundamental rights and the protection of particular rights protected by the Greek Constitution. As an international level is meant the protection on a universal level (United Nations) and also regional, where special emphasis will be given on the European Convention for the Human Rights and the Additional Protocols, which constitute in any case internal Law, since they have been signed by the Greek State.

The International Relations of Africa and the European Union

Relations between the European Union and Sub-Saharan Africa are deep and complex. The EU is by far the African continent’s main trade partner and its main source of development assistance, while several all-encompassing agreements have created a sense of a common space that some commentators have defined as ‘Eurafrica’. In recent years there has been extensive diplomatic activity. A variety of new agreements and ambitious declarations have created a growing sense of an ever closer and more balanced relationship. In particular, trade relations between Europe and Africa are in the process of being reformulated.

Regional Security in South Eastern Europe

The course discusses the intermingled web of security issues that have tormented South Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War. Its main objective is to analyze the ramifications of Yugoslavia’s disintegration and to acquaint students with the policies, concerns and threat perceptions of the region’s countries. The course also evaluates international efforts to manage the conflicts in South Eastern Europe and the several processes and initiatives for regional cooperation that have at times been developed (e.g. Royaumont Process, SECI, SEECP and Regional Cooperation Council). Finally, it analyses the effort of all countries from the region to become full members of the Euro-Atlantic security structures.

Emerging Powers and Global Governance

The course examines ongoing developments in the international political and economic stage with regard to the emergence of new states, such as Brazil India and China. It focuses on the ways by which a range of emerging states have managed to substantially strengthen their positions at the world stage, thereby leading to a de facto re-organization of the system of global governance. It puts emphasis on the economic and political choices of these states during the last decades as well as the global environment that facilitated their emergence. The scope of the course is students’ understanding of the factors that account for the fact that emergent powers have become important actors in the world system. Moreover, the role of economic crises at the international level, the regional choices of the aforementioned states and their results as well as the ways by which international organizations and institutions are being transformed as a result of these phenomena.        

Political and Economic Relationships in the Black Sea 

The course focuses on the structures and processes that shape up international political and economic relations in the Black Sea region that have an impact on other states’ and actors’ in this region. In particular, the course focuses on economic relations of the states in the region, on bilateral security issues and pending conflicts, on the Black Sea policy of powerful actors such as the EE, the US and Russia, as well as other powers, such as Turkey and Greece. Moreover, it examines contemporary forms of regional cooperation seen as a means for foreign policy and growth policy in the region.

 

Elective Courses – Winter Term

(students are expected to select three elective courses in each of the winter and spring terms)

Foreign Direct Investment and Global Governance

The course deals with the concepts of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Multinational Enterprises and issues that the rise of these two elements has created in terms of global governance. On the one hand it focuses on the reasons why, in the light of globalization, investment flows between developed countries and North-South have increased in recent decades. On the other hand, it identifies how this development affects the global political and economic landscape. Finally, the course focuses on the role of FDI in the European and Greek economy.

Asymmetric Threats and Conflicts: Middle East and Caucasus

The course focuses on non-conventional international security challenges in a globalized international system. Drawing on case studies from the Middle East and Caucasus, the course examines the theoretical and practical aspects of phenomena, such as internationalized civil wars, international terrorism and the use of Internet by armed non-state actors. The main aim of the course is to study non-state actors and comprehend the challenges and the security issues that arise in the arc of instability that extends from the Caucasus to the Middle East.

French for Political Scientists 

The course is addressed to students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Through the course the students are taught the basic structure of the French language and learn academic vocabulary related to their studies such as Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy.

 European Union Policies

The course initially focuses on the institutional setting of the European Union (EU) and the policy-making process that allows for the formulation of EU policies. Taking advantage of the ‘policy cycle’ concept, the main objective is present certain aspects of the formulation, implementation and audit of a variety of EU policy fields such as:  economic and monetary union, banking union, competition, environment, common agricultural policy, cohesion, home affairs and justice, common foreign and security policy, common defence policy, immigration, and neighbourhood policy. The financial dimension of the EU policies is examined through the multi-annual financial framework (MFF) and the annual budget from a comparative perspective. Finally, the administrative capacity of the EU to participate in the policy process is also taken into consideration by exploring the EU bureaucratic mechanism and the respective agencies.

Internet and International Security

The course examines the role of the Internet in international security in the context of the transition from the third to the fourth industrial revolution. As a central communication and connectivity channel, internet has become a privileged field of action for states, political violence groups and common criminals. Drawing on phenomena such as fake-news, hacktivism, cyber-terrorism and cyber-crime, the purpose of the course is to familiarize students with—often hidden—facets of internet and their implications of international security.

Topics on European Integration and International Economy

This “seminar” course invites students to specialize on various issues of european integration and/or international political economy. It involves research on a specific area of their choice and a written essay of about 5,000 words. Students should present their essays in the context of oral examination at the end of term. Topics include aspects of European economic integration (e.g. the EMU, the single market, the first steps and the evolution of the EEC) as well as of the world economy (e.g. globalization and inequality in historical perspective). Students are strongly advised to have successfully completed related courses in their previous years of study.

Topics on Political Philosophy

The course focuses on the concept of a « just war », as it is elaborated within the tradition of moral philosophy and in the frame of historical practice. The course comprises a theoretical part which articulates the philosophical principles that can guide the study of the concept, the emphasis given to utilitarianism, kantian deontological ethics, nitzschean genealogy and the neo-arisotelian philosophies of action. The second part of the course comprises applications of the above principles to the study of major modern conflicts, from the colonial interventions of the 19th century up to today’s « humanitarian » wars.

Topics on Contemporary History

The course focuses every year on a special subject of greek, european or world history of the 20th century, while not excluding a retrospective view on previous periods (Great Idea, Word War II, decolonization etc.). Its aim is to allow students to deepen their knowledge of major issues that marked contemporary history and familiarize them with the historical methodology and research and with greek and international historiography. The bibliography of the course changes in function of its thematic, which is announces on the start of every academic year. The course has a seminar organization. The evaluation of the students takes in account their active participation and the writing and presenting of a research paper, as well as on a written examination.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development

The course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field linking entrepreneurship and innovation with development. The course focuses on theoretical approaches to entrepreneurship and on the relationship between entrepreneurship and development. It brings students in touch with relevant literature, focusing on the development of theoretical and analytical competences on issues of business activity. The topics examined at the course include the concept and forms of entrepreneurship, the concept and types of innovation, the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises, international entrepreneurship, technological change and innovation, the business environment, the impact of entrepreneurship on society, entrepreneurship, productivity and development, business activity and theories of development.

National Administrations and the Administration of the European Union

The course offers a comprehensive overview of the European Union (EU) administration. The main objective is to present the European bureaucracy and the extensive intertwining that takes place with the national administrations of the EU member states. Taking into consideration the ‘multi-level administration’ nature of the EU, it is examined its bureaucratic structure by analysing the administrative dimension of core EU institutions. In addition, the course presents aspects of the human resource management of the EU personnel along with the cooperation it develops with national administrations in the EU policy process. Finally, EU agencies are also presented and critically analyzed.

European Civilization: The Feminist Movement

The course aims to introduce students to Gender Studies through the history  of Feminism and to familiarize them with the basic concepts of feminist theory and feminist critique. The course examines the most important developments in feminist history in the United States and Europe, presents the contribution of significant feminist thinkers (among others Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, Simon de Beauvoir, etc.) and analyzes the basic theoretical approaches of the movement (liberal feminism, marxist feminism etc.).

Theoretical Approaches to Social and Political Institutions

The course examines the various ways of understanding how formal and informal institutions function and the ways in which they frame the action of human agents in the social and political fields. In this context, institutions constitute a distinct subject which can shed light on the interrelationship between society and politics. Special emphasis is given in examining the interplay between institutions and political agents in case studies from the European political systems.

Global Governance and Civil Society

The concept of civil society appeared emphatically with the end of the cold war, with the wider prevalence of democratic institutions that essentially led to the creation of new forms of representation and citizenship. At the same time, globalization and the transformation of the welfare State have strengthened the role of new forms of policy-making. These new forms, such as social movements and non-governmental organizations (NGOS) began to acquire more and more attention. This course aims to analyze the political influence of civil society actors in the decision-making process. It begins with an attempt to familiarize students with concepts like civil society, social movements and NGOs, within a broader context of historical development and under the broader conceptual framework of global governance. Focusing on the most important representatives of modern civil society, the NGOs, the course will attempt to define them, and explain their role in the context of global governance. The lectures will focus on Greece considering initially the broader evolution of Civil Society and subsequently the position and the role of NGOS.

Environment and Politics

This course examines contemporary environmental issues and their interface with politics. Apart from exploring the impact of global, national and local environmental issues on sustainable development and the prosperity of the society, emphasis rests also on public policies related to environmental issues (climate change, energy and water resources management). Special attention is paid to the role of different actors (political institutions and civil society) in the decision-making process and the dispersal of jurisdictions in different levels (supranational, national and local) within the context of contemporary global governance. To this end, this course introduces students to global environmental governance and acquaints them with the environmental aspects of security.

Internship

The Internship Program gives the opportunity to students to work for a short period of time in public or private agencies (in Greece or abroad) whose activities are relevant to the Department’s study fields. The program aims at assisting the students to experience how theory translates into practice, that is to say, how their academic capacities and qualifications might be exploited professionally. Overall, the internship program intends to facilitate the students’ accession into the labor market.

Social Policy (in English)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of social policy in western advanced welfare states. Because it is not possible to cover all aspects of this complex social science discipline in one programme of study, this course focuses on selected key areas in the study of social policy.

In particular, the course aims to:

  • Introduce students to key concepts and principles in social policy, such as ‘welfare’, “equality”, ‘social needs’, ‘social justice’,‘solidarity’ and ‘new social risks’.
  • Introduce students to the main research methods in social policy
  • Introduce students to the historical perspective of social policy
  • Examine competing ideological approaches to ‘welfare’ (eg. liberal, Marxist, social-democratic, ‘third-way’ etc.)
  • Provide an overview of some of the core social policy areas (eg. health policy, labor market policy, poverty and social exclusion, social economy)
  • Introduce the concept of ‘welfare regime’ and provide an overview of the different welfare systems operating in Europe
  • Examine the development of social policy at the European level (EU)

Topics on Political Studies (in English)

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with a series of topics on the field of Political Studies as well as of History. By the end of the semester, students are expected to have generated a more in-depth knowledge of Political Studies and History as well as a familiarity with the major theories and the analytical frameworks. In addition, they will have surveyed a number of important political issues in European Union and in Greece.

 

Elective Courses – Spring Term

(students are expected to select three elective courses in each of the winter and spring terms)

European-focused Policy Analytics (EuroPolA)

EuroPoIA is an introductory data analysis course based on a multidisciplinary approach and focusing exclusively on EU policies. The aim is to develop a policy-specific data analysis paradigm that combines knowledge and skills in (a) policy discourse analysis, (b) quantitative data analysis methods, (c) data retrieval and processing skills, and (d) skills in the use of integrated analysis software to performing [a-c].

For proof-of-concept, EuroPolA focuses on the following policy pillars:

  1. EU external affairs and foreign relations
  2. Regions and local development

French for Political and Social Scientists

The course is addressed to both students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations and students of Social and Educational Policy. Through the course the students progress in their use of French for academic purposes. They are taught appropriate strategies for approaching and comprehending authentic academic discourse (level B1+) in written or spoken form related to their studies such as Political Science and International Relations as well as Education and Migration Policy, Human Rights, European Social Policy.

French Language and Interculturalism

The course is addressed to students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Through the course the students become familiar with the intercultural relations and metaphors between Greece and France. By means of appropriately selected texts and media resources, the students will study notions such as Greekness and Otherness, Me and the Other, multidimensional and multiform identity (national, European, Balkan). In this way, the cultural inheritance is approached not as a closed system but as a continuous confrontation between the familiar and the foreign.

Risk Management

Risk management focuses on the concepts and methods used by organizations to identify, analyze and manage risks, and dealing with the unexpected in general. Crisis management deals with risks that materialize but allow for corrective actions before their outcomes have been finalized. Various frameworks are considered, and existing intenrational standards on risk management are also discussed during the course.

Topics on Greek Foreign Policy

The course studies Greece’s position in the international system and discusses the main parameters that determine the country’s foreign policy. It acquaints students with the chronic problems of Greek external relations, namely, the Greek-Turkish dispute, the Cyprus question, and the controversy over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The course also presents Greece’s policies for the management of proximate crises (e.g. the Balkan wars) and assesses the country’s contribution to regional stability. Moreover, it analyses Greece’s relations with all major powers and highlights the country’s participation in multilateral efforts and international institutions (mainly, in the EU, NATO and the United Nations).

Topics in Economic Sociology

Economic sociology, sociological specialization, has been undergoing significant expansion over the past thirty years. This sociological sub-discipline is circumscribed by two main dimensions. The one concerns the sociological understanding of economic processes and structures, more broadly of economic phenomena, on the one hand. Undertaking a critique of established economic analysis of economic phenomena, and of some of their prerequisites, is the other.

The course will focus on a number of issues or specific topics, which are approached in terms of economic sociology. These are of interest, have some usability and are relevant to topics involving, among others, political scientists. They include: modern capitalism, the dimension of modernity, the social embededness of economic phenomena, the social construction of economic institutions and practices and of social reality, the market and money as a social relation, trust, social capital, social networks, migration, crisis, welfare and prosperity.

Greek-Turkish Relations

The course analyzes relations between Greek and Turkey from the Treaty of Lausanne to the present day. In this framework, special emphasis is given on the content and importance of the Treaty of Lausanne per se. Moreover, the reasons the led to the Greek-Turkish rapprochement in the 1930s and in the first years after the Second World War re explained. The course, also highlights the importance that the Cyprus question played in the historical development of Greek-Turkish relations ever since the mid-1950s, including the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Last but not least, Greek-Turkish relations after 1974 and the problems related with them are thoroughly examined.

European Diplomatic History, 1815-1914

The course examines the Diplomatic History of the European continent from the end the Napoleonic Wars to the outbreak of the First World War. The course begins with the Congress of Vienna, the decisions of which determined the nature of the system of the European balance of powers for a whole century. Special mention is made on the multilateral diplomacy during the 19th century, which took the form of the convention of international Congresses for the solution of major political issues. Moreover, the course analyzes the foreign policy of the Great European Powers, the development of antagonisms and alliances among them, as well as the emergence of new Powers. Last but not least, the reasons that led to the collapse of the system of Vienna and to the outbreak of the First World War are highlighted.

The Structural Policy of the European Union in Greece

The course focuses on the structural policy of the European Union and its implementation in Greece. Taking into account the legal framework posed by the Treaty of Lisbon, critical policy issues are explored including the concept of “cohesion” (from an economic, social, and territorial dimension) the basic policy principles, the financial mechanisms (European Structural and Investment Funds – EFSI) as well as the policy process. In addition, it is examined the historical dimension of the implementation of the European structural policy in Greece from 1985 onwards on the basis of distinct programming periods (Integrated Mediterranean Programmes; Common Support Frameworks; National Strategic Reference Frameworks), the organization and the structure of the European structural programmes during the period 2014-2020 along with the implementation results both in sectoral and territorial level, and finally, the perspectives of the new programming period 2021-2027.

Religion and Politics

This course aims to examine the role of religion in contemporary international politics, emphasizing the phenomenon of religious fundamentalism. The world’s major religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism) are analyzed through this prism, in terms of their influence on political perceptions, attitudes and ideologies. It also studies particular issues, such as the clash of civilizations, respect for human rights, and new religious movements. Finally, it explores contemporary state-church relations and the contradictory role of religion in international relations and policy formulation in the US and Europe.

Literature, Arts and Politics (Greece and Europe)

Literature and contemporary culture are not merely sources of entertainment and decoration. From Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk, literature has played a powerful part within society. It has been censored and sponsored, used as propaganda and for protest. This course gives students the opportunity to study in detail and in depth the ways in which society and its forms of expression are linked. The inscription of historical memory and the traumatic experience in literary texts, films or paintings is another theme discussed extensively in this course. It also examines some forms of literary ‘resistance’ in authoritarian and fascist regimes. The course aims at familiarizing students with current academic debates on the inscription of Ideology in the text and the Arts.

The new economy and the challenges in the global economic system

In the digital economy a high and increasing number of goods are produced under economies of scale conditions and equilibrium is only partially achieved through competition. An increasing number of sectors exhibit natural monopoly characteristics and the “invisible” hand of the market seems increasingly detached from the real economy. The valuation of commodities has also changed significantly. In the new economy underlying value tends to be intangible. For a growing number of goods their value is determined mainly by the ideas and knowledge that they incorporate. The ability to innovate is the key source for value and wealth creation. However, even if one succeeds to launch an innovative good, the benefits will not last for a long period of time. Sooner or later and irrespectively of the copyright laws, competitors will enter the market. The prospect of acquiring monopoly power for a limited period of time is actually what mainly motivates the business sector to undertake risks.

The intellectual constructs and economic paradigms of the present seem rather unable to reflect current realities and to provide direction for the future. Existing socio-economic theories seem unable to provide sufficient answers about the efficient management and diffusion of new technology, the way that new technology can improve the well-being of the world population as well as the way of modifying a system in motion, without losing the many gains of globalization, but mitigating its negative consequences.

The purpose of the course is the understanding of the micro and macro implications of the new economy as well as the challenges in the global economic environment. In the context of the course the following issues will be analysed:

  • Globalization: Past and Present – Myths and Realities
  • New pattern of production: Economies of scale derived from the supply and demand side
  • Economies of scale and market structure
  • The future of employment
  • Income and wealth inequalities
  • Competitiveness as the key determinant of prosperity
  • Over-indebtedness of the western economies
  • The value in the digital and network economy and the lack of safe assets
  • Financial crises
  • The importance of liquidity and the limits of quantitative easing
  • Policy dilemmas and efficient functioning of the markets
  • Global imbalances

Political Parties and Polls

The course aims to present and draw attention to the relationship of the parties with political polls, and the basic characteristics and stages of modern research process in the social and political sphere.

Details will be presented related to :

-The history of political polling in Greece

– The characteristics of the methodological tools of political polling techniques and stages of the survey

– The legislative framework of the polls in Greece

– The peculiarities and problems of polls related to the methodology , rules of conduct and disclosure rules

– The role of polls in the understanding and analysis of social and political reality

– The relationship of political polling with Media

– The relationship of the parties with political polling and that of grasping measuring public opinion in policy strategy and decision-making.

– The analysis of polls and their correlation with  parties especially in election campaigns of modern national elections

– The role of opinion polls on political choices parties , in modern institutional bodies such as Local Authority.

 Politics and Modernity: The public sphere in the internet age

The subject-matter of the course focuses on basic concepts of contemporary political philosophy and theory. The notions of modernity and public sphere are essential conceptual axes of the analysis and critical approach of what politics is in modern societies. Moreover, during the course, we examine the influence of new media of communication on communicative systems and the public sphere. Such new media of communication develop within the internet and result in a new political modernity for the 21st century.

Politics, Economy and the Society in the “Third World”

This course focuses on the developing world, often described as “Third World”. Through a critical historical and cultural approach, the course attempts to illustrate the criteria and the factors that have impacted its socio-economic evolution. Special attention is paid on the political, economic and social transformation of “Third World” countries through a critical assessment of the theories of modernization, dependency and post-colonialism. The course focuses on two specific geographic regions sharing common characteristics and origins: Latin America and South Asia, emphasizing and interpreting issues such as poverty, underdevelopment, hunger and democratic institutions.

Internship

The Internship Program gives the opportunity to students to work for a short period of time in public or private agencies (in Greece or abroad) whose activities are relevant to the Department’s study fields. The program aims at assisting the students to experience how theory translates into practice, that is to say, how their academic capacities and qualifications might be exploited professionally. Overall, the internship program intends to facilitate the students’ accession into the labor market.

Contentious politics and social movements

The course seeks to help students become familiar with the research field of contentious politics and social movements. The problematic of the collective politics of ‘ordinary people’, or rather the massive involvement in the political process beyond the institutional channels of political parties and the electoral process, is precisely at the heart of the rapidly emerging contentious politics research program in recent years. By focusing on investigating what is happening within collective action and programmatically insisting on relational approach, that is to say, synthesizing elements of structuralist tradition, theories of rational choice and phenomenology, contentious politics studies different phenomena – nationalist mobilizations, transitions to democracy, revolutions social movements – that involving similar mechanisms, processes and incidents in their evolution. In this context, the course will focus on the study of social movements and the examination of some important concepts, methodological tools and research topics such as: political opportunities and threats, action repertoires, mobilization structures, value frameworks, protest circles, the relation of movements and parties, the contemporary transnational collective action.

The Palestinian Issue: A Comparative Approach

The course is designed to analyse the Palestinian Issue from the Balfour Declaration and the establishment of the British Mandate until the collapse of the Oslo process and the setting up of the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Issue would be compared with the struggle for Algerian Independence in 1950s and 1960s and the Irish Problem until the establishment of the Free Irish State in 1922.

Topics on International Studies (in English)

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with a series of topics on the field of International Relations. Students will be presented with a series of case studies within the field of International Studies exploring the various ways in which relevant actors are affecting significant developments. By the end of the semester, students are expected to have generated a more in-depth knowledge of International Studies, main theories and analytical frameworks. In addition, they will have acquired a broad perspective on current issues in contemporary global politics.

Education Policy (in English)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of modern educational policy. The course starts out with an overview of the most important theoretical approaches shaping modern education policy. The course places a special interest in addressing issues such as education leadership, the interplay between institutions and education, the role of education in economic development, understanding the growing importance of technology in shaping educational services, while issues relating to socioeconomic inequality are also central to the course. Both formal and informal institutions of education are discussed, including the political, organizational, economic, and social factors affecting schools and higher education institutes. The course is grounded in a wide and updated interdisciplinary literature stemming from sociology, political science, and economics reflecting the diverse research and teaching interests of the faculty members.