State and Civil Society

Course Information
TitleΚράτος και Κοινωνία Πολιτών / State and Civil Society
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKarolos-Iosif Kavoulakos
Course ID100001429

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the unit students are expected to be able to: - use the basic conceptual tools to analyze civil society organizations - understand the importance of extra-institutional action in shaping official policies and analyze their impact - recognize the contradictions of the action of civil society organizations - recognize the diversity and difference of organizational forms of civil society - know the basic organizational principles of NGOs
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The current debate on civil society has been developed after the end of the cold war and the collapse of the socialist regimes. The context of the discussion is influenced by the delegitimization of certain traditional forms of authority and representative institutions (nation - state, political parties, trade unions) and the transformation of the welfare state. Civil society and especially NGOs created great expectations for solving important contemporary problems and became the vehicle for important social and political transformations. The purpose of this course is to analyze contemporary forms of collective action and the impact on the political agenda of the nation states and international organizations. We will focus on the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Particular issues: - The concept of civil society - The concept of social networks and social capital - Forms of civil society in Western countries - Civil society in Greece - The institutionalization of new social movements - From government to governance - Categories of NGOs (ecological, developmental, anti-racist, etc.) - The organization and the action of NGOs - Networking of NGOs - Accountability of NGOs - The contradictory political, economic and social role of NGOs - New forms of civil society in Greece in the era of crisis
civil society, NGO, third sector, collective action
Educational Material Types
  • Book
  • Published scientific papars
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Email to communicate with students that write essay. Scientific papers in moodle that students have to study. Seminars and lectures in internet
Course Organization
Written assigments
discussion with members of NGOs
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated by: - their presence in the courses, - their interest and participation in the course, - the written essay, - their participation in the exams. The evaluation criteria are several times announced during the lectures.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κλεάνθης Συρακούλης, Αλέξανδρος Αφουξενίδης (επιμέλεια) Τίτλος Βιβλίου (και κωδικός στο Εύδοξος) : H δυναμική και τα όρια της κοινωνίας πολιτών, Κωδικός: 2738 Εκδόσεις Προπομπός, 2008, Αθήνα Κάρολος Ιωσήφ Καβουλάκος, Γιώργος Γριτζάς (2016), Εναλλακτικοί Πολιτικοί και Οικονομικοί Χώροι, Κάλλιπος (ηλεκτρονική έκδοση).
Additional bibliography for study
Ενδεικτική βιβλιογραφία Alexander, J. (2007), “On the interpretation of the civil sphere: understanding and contention in contemporary social science”, The Sociological Quarterly 48: 641-659. Αλεξανδρόπουλος Στ., Σερντεδάκις Ν., Μποτετζάγιας Ι. (2007), Το Ελληνικό περιβαλλοντικό κίνημα: από τη γέννηση στην ενσωμάτωσή του, Ελληνική Επιθεώρηση Πολιτικής Επιστήμης,τχ. 30, Νοέμβριος, σ.σ. 5-31 Αφουξενίδης, Α. (2004), ‘Kοινωνικό Κεφάλαιο και Μη Κυβερνητικές Οργανώσεις στην Ελλάδα’ Kοινωνία Πολιτών, 10, σελ. 60-65. Jeffrey, C.(ed.)(1998), Real Civil Societies, London: Sage, Κean J. (1998), Civil society and the state, Verso, London. Κονιόρδος Σ. (επιμ.)(2010) Κοινωνικό Κεφάλαιο, Εμπιστοσύνη και Κοινωνία των Πολιτών, Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα. Mendelson, S., Glenn, J. Democracy assistance and NGO strategies in post-communist societies. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000. Μποτετζάγιας Ι. (2006), ΜΚΟ και Κοινωνία Πολιτών, μια προβληματική σχέση; Η περίπτωση των Ελληνικών Μη-Κυβερνητικών Περιβαλλοντικών Οργανώσεων, Ελληνική Επιθεώρηση Πολιτικής Επιστήμης, No 27, σ.σ. 71-95 Solomon L., Anheier H. (1999), Global civil society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, John Hopkins, Baltimore. Σκλιάς Π., Χουλιάρας Α. (επιμ.)(2002), Διπλωματία της Κοινωνίας Πολιτών, Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα. Σωτηρόπουλος, Δ. (επιμ.) (2004), Η άγνωστη κοινωνία των πολιτών, Ποταμός, Αθήνα. Φραγκονικολόπουλος Χ. (2007), Ο Παγκόσμιος Ρόλος των Μη Κυβερνητικών Οργανώσεων, Σιδέρης, Αθήνα. Zimmer, A. , Freise, M. (2006), «Bringing society back in: Civil society, social capital and third sector», στο W. Maloney, J. van Deth (επιμ.), From National toward International Linkages? Civil Society and Multi-level Governance, London: Palgrave.
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