Reconstruction of Europe after WWII

Course Information
TitleΑνασυγκρότηση της Ευρώπης μετά τον Β' Π.Π. / Reconstruction of Europe after WWII
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMaria Kavala
Course ID100001472

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
It is a general elective course that applies to all semesters except A 'and B'.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: • To describe and define the historical context of the post-war reconstruction of the European continent, the economic, political, military position in which each European country found itself in order to better understand todays politics and balances. • Recognize the Cold War period as a bipolar system of balance of power that was gradually transformed from 1990 onwards. • Criticize the historiographical readings of the Cold War and 1990 decade. • To study primary historical sources (archives, press, photographs, material and intangible culture, oral testimonies) and to draw conclusions.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • 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)
Reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War Course description It is a course in contemporary political and social history focusing on Europe and the world in relation to Europe. The course discusses the history of the Cold War as well as the period 1989-early 21st century. It is divided into four sections. The first section deals with the beginnings of the Cold War, from the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Korean War (1953). The second section focuses on the post-war reconstruction of Europe, the issue of reparations and the reconstruction of the Jewish communities after the Holocaust. It delves into the political, economic and social changes that took place during the 1960s (end of colonialism, economic "miracle", new social movements, Arab-Israeli conflict). The third section covers the developments from the 1970s to 1989 (end of the "golden thirties" - economic crisis, fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe). The fourth section is shorter but more comprehensive and examines the rise of nationalisms in the 1990s, the change in the European map with the creation of new states, the wars in Yugoslavia, the rise of the far right, questions and prospects for the future of Europe). Course material The course material includes Greek and foreign language bibliography (articles, excerpts from books posted on e-learning) as well as the book Tony Judt, Europe after the war, Alexandria, Athens 2012.
Cold War, Communism, Capitalism, Marshall Plan, Post-War Reconstruction, Economic Miracle, End of Colonialism, Social Movements, Nationalism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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
ICT is used during class: web pages, information, films, documentaries related to the course. Regular use of ICT in communicating with students for better understanding of the educational process, for questions and concerns about their study. (e-class, email)
Student Assessment
Grades in each course are determined by the professor, who has to organize written and / or oral exams or to support assignments. The grade in each course follows a range from one (1) to ten (10). The basis of success is the number five (5). According to Law 3549/2007 and without prejudice to the provisions of article 27 of Law 1404/1983, each course is examined at the end of the semester in which it was taught and in addition to the examination period of September. The score is derived from: a) The level of knowledge on the subject b) The ability analyzing and synthesizing c) The understanding.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Tony Judt, Η Ευρώπη μετά τον πόλεμο, Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα 2012, ΚΩΔΙΚΟΣ ΣΤΟ ΕΥΔΟΞΟΣ: 33133421 2. Mazower Mark, Σκοτεινή ήπειρος, Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα 2009, ΚΩΔΙΚΟΣ ΣΤΟ ΕΥΔΟΞΟΣ: 15505
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