Practice and Policies of Political Repression in Modern World

Course Information
TitleΠολιτικές και Πρακτικές Καταστολής στον Σύγχρονο Κόσμο / Practice and Policies of Political Repression in Modern World
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorVasiliki Lazou
Course ID600014970

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

Registered students: 66
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
It is a general choice course that is addressed to all semesters
Learning Outcomes
With the successful completion of the course, students will be able to: distinguish the policies and practices of repression in the modern world - understand the political function of forms of repression, such as torture, through specific historical examples - distinguish the expansion of social control through correctional and criminal policies - study and evaluate primary historical sources - explain historical continuity and change
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The module examines policies and practices of political repression in the modern world. The concept of repression is analysed theoretically and through examples from Greek and international practices. The following case studies are examined: the Nazi concentration camps and the roots of Nazi violence, repressive measures in Malaysia (1948-1960) and Indonesia (1965), political repression in liberal democracy, "white cells" and anti-terrorism legislation and "open" concentration camps (Batustan and Gaza). In this context, the historiographical debate on concentration camps in the Soviet Union is also presented. With regard to the Greek case, the repressive measures of the civil war and the post- civil war state are analysed through the study of the legislation and the prevailing practices. The module then focuses on the concept of torture. Following a brief historical review of the practice of torture (Algeria, Chile, Argentina) issues of definition and separation of torture from other forms of inhuman and cruel treatment are examined. Efforts to legalise torture, models of the use of torture (Iraq and Guantánamo) and secret detentions and emergency transfers after 11 September are also examined. In addition, modern criminal policies and the legislation of the exception in the context of judicial repression are also examined, as well as prison policy and policies for the privatisation and commercialisation of security (private prisons) and the extension of social control. Finally, the module examines briefly issues concerning the censorship and the repression of the media.
state, repression, concentration camps, torture, prisons, censorship
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
I.T is used in teaching for access to websites, information, films and documentaries related to the course. Regular use of IT is made in the communication with the students for consultation on the educational process, questions and concerns about their study.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.4
Written assigments210.8
Student Assessment
The score in each course is determined by the teacher who is obliged to organize written and/or oral examinations at his discretion. The score in each course follows the scale of numbers from one (1) to ten (10). The basis of success is number five (5). Each course is examined at the end of the semester which was taught as well as in the September exam period. The score is derived from:a) the level of knowledge about the subject (b) The ability to analyse and synthesize c) Understanding the subject
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Νίκος Αλιβιζάτος, Οι πολιτκοί θεσμοί σε κρίση 1922-1974, Αθήνα: Θεμέλιο 1995[κωδ. 18021] 2. Kathleen Malley- Morrison/Sherri Mac Carthy, Denise Hines, International Handbook of War, Torture and Terrorism [electronic Resource κωδ.73242989]
Additional bibliography for study
1. Michel Foucault, Επιτήρηση και τιμωρία. Η γέννηση της φυλακής, Πλέθρον, 2011 2. Μαρία Μαρκαντωνάτου, Το κράτος και το μονοπώλιο της βίας, Παπαζήσης, 2009 3. Agamben Giorgio, Κατάσταση εξαίρεσης, Πατάκης, 2007 4. Robert Paxton, Η ανατομία του φασισμού, Κέδρος, 2006 5. Λάμπρος Φλιτούρης, Η εξάπλωση της Ευρώπης στον κόσμο 16ος-20ος αι., εκδ. Ασίνη 2014 6. Βασιλική Λάζου, Η επιβολή του κράτους. Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Λαμία, 1945-1949, Ταξιδευτής 2016 7. Tracy Lightcap, James P. Pfiffnσer (eds.) Examining Torture: Empirical Studies of State Repression, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 8. Michael Otterman, American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, Pluto Press City, 2007 9. Darius Rejali, Torture and Democracy Volume, Princeton University Press City, 2009 10. Richard Gott, Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt, Verso Books, 2012 11. Christian Davenport, State repression and the domestic democratic peace, Cambridge University Press, 2007 12. Geoffrey R. Skoll (auth.), Social Theory of Fear: Terror, Torture, and Death in a Post-Capitalist World, Palgrave Macmillan 2010 13. Geoffrey B. Robinson, The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965–66, Princeton University Press 2018 14. Post R.C. (ed.), Censorship and Silencing. Practices of Cultural Regulation, Los Angeles 1998 15. Η λογοκρισία στην Ελλάδα, Π. Πετσίνη και Δ. Χριστόπουλος (επιμ.), Ίδρυμα Ρόζα Λούξεμπουργκ
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