Democracy: Institutions and ideology

Course Information
TitleΑθηναϊκή δημοκρατία: Θεσμοί και ιδεολογία / Democracy: Institutions and ideology
CodeΦΙΜ 140
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorFilimon Peonidis
Course ID600018278

Programme of Study: PPS Philosophy

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
History of PhilosophyMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-10
Systematic PhilosophyElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to have in depth knowledge of the the history of the Athenian Democracy, understand the structure of its basic operations and be apble to reflect on the values underlying them.
General Competences
  • Work in teams
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
Athens was governed through popular rule from 508/7 to 323 BC. Athenian democracy constitutes a significant achievement which remains a source of inspiration and continues to give rise to various scholarly controversies. In this course we will try -through the study of primary and secondary sources- to understand the evolution of this form of government, its structure and the ways it met the challenges that threatened its existence. We will also discuss critical approaches to athenian democracy put forward by philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. Our aim is to go beyond popular stereotypes and misconceptions regarding its operations and ideology.
Athenian democracy, direct democracy
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Digitalized material is sent to students through e-mail.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments502
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated on their ability to publicly present a scholarly issue and give adequate written answers to complex questions.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Δεν προβλέπεται κάποιο βιβλίο από τον Εύδοξο
Additional bibliography for study
-Σακελλαρίου, Η Αθηναϊκή δηημοκρατία -Λυσίας, Κατά των σιτοπωλών -Ψευδο-Ξενοφών, Αθηναίων πολιτεία -Παιονίδης, «Civic Education in Democratic Athens» -Raaflaub, «Μια υποθετική αντιπαράθεση για τη δημοκρατία» -Cammack, «Τhe Democratic Significance of the Athenian Courts»
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