New course offered in the English language

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Dear Erasmus+, Erasmus+ International and Erasmus Mundus Students,


We would like to remind you that you could attend the following course, which is held in the English Language offering 3 ECTS and add it to your Learning Agreement or to the Changes of your Learning Agreement.


The course can be followed by Incoming Students of any discipline at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.













Responsible professor: Υannis Stavrakakis, Professor

Coordinator: Dr. Andreas Bouroutis,

ECTS credits: 3

Time and place: Thursday 15-18.00  room 107 (1st floor Law, Economics and Political Sciences building)

Course starts: 15 February 2017



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 designer, Assistant professor Ioannis Papageorgiou ( 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.  Crucial information and the tests of the course will take place through the online platform of the university (


Process Monitoring and Grading


Since the course is designed in the form of a series of thematic lectures, attendance is crucial and participation will be taken into account for the final grade. Each course (with the exception of outside speakers) will include a short test (usually the week following the course) on the (written or online) test and the literature provided by the lecturer. The final grade will consist of the average of the 5 best grades the student has received.


The course syllabus and reading material will be offered online (through the e-learning site of AUTH in Students should register with their AUTH account (once they have registered with their respective departments). Registration with the e-learning (requires no password.


Thematic topics


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  the Church and the religion in Greece

The Greek arts and culture

  • Modern Greek literature and theater
  • The arts in Greece today

Greece and the European Union

  • A historic perspective
  • EMU and Greece
  • The immigration/refugee crisis

Greece’s relations with its neighbors

  • Greece and its neighbors (Balkans, Turkey)
  • The relations with Russia
  • Greece and the United States

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

The detailed plan of the courses will be provided to applicants.