Dear Erasmus+ and Erasmus Mundus Students,
Please read below about a course in the English Language offering 3 ects and which you can follow and add to your learning agreement or to the changes of your learning agreement.
The course can be followed by incoming students of any discipline at AUTh.
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF POLITICAL SCIENCES
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE POLITICS, SOCIETY AND ECONOMY IN CONTEMPORARY GREECE
Coordinator: Ioannis Papageorgiou, Assistant Professor
ECTS credits: 3
Time and place: Thursday 15-18.00 room 107 (1st floor Law, Economics and Political Sciences building)
Course starts: February 25, 2016
This is a course, composed by a series of lectures by staff members, doctoral and post-doctoral students of the School of Political Sciences and other Departments of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Its objective is to provide Erasmus and exchange students with an insight into – and the underlying causes of – the political, economic and social situation of Greece today. The lectures aim to introduce students to the most important aspects of Greek politics and the Hellenic society, as well as to offer them relevant information on the history and evolution of Thessaloniki, the city they currently live.
This is an open-enrollment course, open to all Erasmus and exchange students in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; successful candidates receive three (3) ECTS credits.
All lectures will take place at the Law, Economic and Political Sciences building). Students should enroll by email to the course coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the beginning of courses.
Students should add the course to their Learning Agreement (relevant information shall be provided to students by the Erasmus office of the University on the first lecture).
The lectures schedule and detailed program will be provided to applicants before the course commences.
Process Monitoring and Grading
Since the course is designed in the form of a series of thematic lectures, attendance is crucial. Students will be graded by attendance, participation in class and short papers related to each of the lectures.
The course syllabus and reading material will be offered online (through the e-learning site of AUTH in www.elearning.auth.gr) so students should also enroll into elearning as well.
A brief history of Greece
- The creation of the modern Greek State
- The gradual expansion of the country
- Between East and West – the Greek modernity
An introduction to the contemporary political history of Greece
- From the civil war to the dictatorship
- Post-1974 history
Politics in Greece after 1974
- Party and electoral system
- The cleavages in Greek politics
- The fragmentation of the political system as a consequence of the crisis
The political culture
- Modernism versus traditionalism
- A European or a Balkan state
- The role of Church
The Greek culture
- Modern Greek literature
- The arts in Greece today
Greece and the European Union
- A historic perspective
- EMU and Greece
- The immigration/refugee crisis
Greece’s foreign relations
- Greece and its neighbors (Balkans, Turkey)
- The relations with Russia
- Greece and the United States
The economy of Greece
- From an agricultural state to the services economy
- The “borrowed” prosperity of the 80s-90s
- The current economic crisis
An introduction to the history of Thessaloniki
- A multicultural city – a metropolis of the Balkans
- The role of the minorities (in particular the Jewish community)
- The changes after the W.W. II
- Re-inventing Thessaloniki in the 21st century