Social Solidarity Economy

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνική Αλληλέγγυα Οικονομία και Κοινά / Social Solidarity Economy
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorKarolos-Iosif Kavoulakos
Course ID600014969

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 61
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID

Class Schedule

HallΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ Β (156)
CalendarTuesday 12:00 to 15:00
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)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: ● Understand the diverse forms and types of business involved in the SSE framework. ● Understand the diverse forms and types of work that are rewarded for good work. ● Understand the diverse forms and types of transactions within the GOOD. • Know the content, history and theoretical foundations of the concept of SSE and recognize its difference from similar concepts. • Understand the content of concepts that often accompany the study of SSE. • Know the beginnings of the theoretical debate on SSE and understand the importance of older approaches in today's debate. • Know the basic theoretical and epistemological assumptions and central arguments of SSE's modern approaches.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • 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 Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) as a scientific subject has a rapid international development in recent years both due to the search for new models of development and socio-economic organization in the context of the prolonged crisis and due to the enormous growth of the field itself. On the level of empirical research during the last decade, Greece has been the focus of international research interest due to the significant development of SSE during the crisis. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the subject of SSE. The course is structured in three main sections. The first section refers to examples from the domestic experience of some of the key forms of SSE, such as cooperatives, alternative exchange networks, community supported argiculture and peer to peer production. In the second section there is a systematic discussion aimed at clarifying the content and the theoretical foundations of the concept of SSE in relation to concepts having similar content. The third section presents classic and contemporary approaches to KALO. In particular, the following topics are considered: - Different types of cooperatives (agricultural, urban, supplier, credit, Social Cooperative Enterprises, etc.) - Community supported agriculture - Alternative exchange networks (LETS, Time banks - Based on commons (open design) peer to peer production - Definitions of SSE (institutional, political and scientific approaches) - Early Approaches to the SSE (19th Century) - Polanyi's critique - The Approach to Diverse Economies (Gibson-Graham) - The approach to diversity - John Holloway's approach
Social and solidarity economy, third sector, community economies, diverse economies, civil society
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
power point presentations, documentaries from youtube email,
Course Organization
Reading Assigment531.9
Written assigments150.5
Student Assessment
Students are assessed for their presence and participation in the course, for conducting research (optional) and for written exams at the end of the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Καβουλάκος, Κ., Γριτζάς, Γ., (2015). Εναλλακτικοί Οικονομικοί και Πολιτικοί Χώροι. Αθήνα: Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών, διαθέσιμο ελεύθερα στο
Additional bibliography for study
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