Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004627

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2015-2019

Registered students: 14
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Passed successfully course LAK 101: Introduction to Folklore and Social Anthropology Prehistoric Culture (recommended)
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to enable students to engage critically with familiar economic discourses and practices that are based on the assumption that there is something natural and therefore inevitable about human decisions and behaviors that seek to maximize gains and profits and minimize losses, expenses, and damages. On a more general epistemological level, the course aims at showing students that the questions anthropologists posit concerning economic matters are in a state of perpetual transformation and to help them understand why and how this happens.
General Competences
  • Make decisions
  • 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 course introduces students to theories drawing from the work of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber which challenge the universality of the idea according to which society is constituted by self-serving autonomous individuals and to provide them with ethnographic examples illustrating relations of production and exchange in non-capitalist societies. Special emphasis is placed on data and arguments that challenge the common sense notion that the economy always constitutes a distinct sphere of relations and practices, on ethnographic research on the varying ways in which the notion of good is defined and on perspectives revealing the multiple moral connotations attributed to the production, exchange, sharing and production in different social and cultural contexts. Week #1 Introduction: What is “the economy” all about? Week #2 Anthropological critiques of modernist assumptions concerning economic rationality Week #3 What is so original about the “original affluent societies”? Week #4 The emergence of the market economy and the model of economic rationality Week #5 The political economy of Karl Marx Week #6 The social economics of Emile Durkeim and the cultural economics of Max Weber Week #7 The debate between formalist and substantivist anthropologists over the definition of the economic Week #8 Production as economic and as cosmological category Week #9 Anthropological approaches to the division of labor by gender Week #10 Do gifts and commodities belong to different worlds? Week #11 Barter and money Week #12 The personification of objects and the objectification of persons Week #13 Contemporary consumption practices
Market economy, hunting and gathering, modes of production, value, sharing and exchange, gifts / commodities
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Teaching is based on oral lectures and power point presentations. Part of each session is devoted to in-class exercises and discussion on specific readings.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment270.9
Student Assessment
Students must choose between: A) a written final exam at the end of the semester and B) a midterm and a final both of which are take-home exams. Regardless of their choice students may undertake short term papers, essays and in-class oral presentations. Attendance is very strongly recommended.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ενδεικτική Δάλλας, Δημήτρης 2912 Στον Μικρόκοσμο του Mall. Θεσσαλονίκη: Νησίδες. Godelier, Maurice 1998. Μαρξιστικοί Ορίζοντες στην Κοινωνική Ανθρωπολογία (Τ.Β΄). Αθήνα: Gutenberg. Godelier, Maurice, 2003. Το Αίνιγμα του Δώρου. Αθήνα: Gutenberg. Gudeman, Steven, 2009. H Ανθρωπολογία της Οικονομίας: Κοινότητα, Αγορά και Πολιτισμός. Αθήνα: Πολύτροπον. Κουραβέλος, Θ. (επιμ.), 2009. Κοινωνίες του Μοιράσματος: Οι Σύγχρονοι Απλοί Τροφοσυλλέκτες. Αθήνα: Πολιτειακές Εκδόσεις. Mauss, Marcel,1979 To Δώρο. Μορφές και Λειτουργίες της Ανταλλαγής. Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης. 1979 To Δώρο. Μορφές και Λειτουργίες της Ανταλλαγής. Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης. Narotzky, Susana, 2007 Οικονομική Ανθρωπολογία. Αθήνα: Σαββάλας. Wilk, Richard και Lisa Cliggett, 2010. Οικονομία και Πολιτισμός. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κριτική.
Additional bibliography for study
Selected Carrier, James (επιμ.),2005. A Handbook of Economic Anthropology. Τσέτλχαμ, Η.Β.: Edward Elgar. Hann, C.M. (επιμ.),1998. Property Relations: Renewing the Anthropological Tradition. Κέημπριτζ: Cambridge University Press. Ingold, Tim, 2000. Perceptions of the Environment. Λονδίνο: Routledge. Meillasoux, Claude, 1981. Maidens, Meal and Money: Capitalism and the Domestic Economy. Κέημπριτζ: Cambridge University Press. Sahlins, Marshall, 1972. Stone Age Economics. Σικάγο: Aldine-Atherton.
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