Political Systems in the Balkans

Course Information
TitlePolitical Systems in the Balkans / Political Systems in the Balkans
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorVemund Aarbakke
Course ID100001013

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
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
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The student becomes acquainted with general issues related to Balkan political history from the early 19th century until the present within a comparative framework that takes into consideration general international political developments as well as Balkan particularities.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The modern Balkan states have faces many similar challenges since their foundation. They can consequently be viewed as a subsystem in international relations, and it is difficult to understand many aspects of Greek politics without taking into consideration the framework of the wider geographic region. The common traits are maybe more easily discernable in their early phase of development when they had common challenges related to the introduction of Western European models of government and irredentist foreign policies. During the interwar period Greece tried to consolidate its position, but was faced with the twin challenge of a revisionist Bulgaria and the difficulties related to the rise of authoritarian regimes in Europe. WWII marks another round of challenges to the territorial division of the Balkans that ultimately did not change the prewar status. With the advent of Communism the Balkans were divided within the Cold War framework. The bipolar regime was the overriding structure, but with variations because of the fluctuation in bilateral relations, first of all in the relationship with Turkey. After 1990 we encounter a new attempt to unite the Balkans as a periphery of the EU. In this new climate of cooperation it is important to be aware of the peculiarities of the area and their significance for further developments. Finally, the background and consequences of Yugoslavia’s demise will receive its due attention.
Balkans, nation building, international relations
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.5
Written assigments27.51
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Θάνος Bερέµης, Bαλκάνια – από τον 19ο ως τον 21ο αιώνα, ∆όµηση και αποδόµηση κρατών, Πατάκης, Αθήνα 2004. Θάνος Bερέµης, Bαλκάνια - από το διπολισµό στη νέα εποχή, Γνώση, Aθήνα 1995. Zωρζ Kαστελάν, H ιστορία των Bαλκανίων, Γκοβόστης, Aθήνα 1991. Σωτήρης Bαλντέν, H Eλλάδα στα Bαλκάνια και τον κόσµο 1995-2003, Θεµέλιο, Aθήνα 2004. Mark Mazower, Τα Βαλκάνια, Εκδόσεις Πατάκη, Αθήνα 2002 Λευτέρης Σ. Σταυριανός, Τα Βαλκάνια από το 1453 και μετά, Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2007
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