Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280004689

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Istorías kai Archaiologías 2020-2021

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-8

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Not to be selected by students who have not successfully attended HMO 101. The course is open to students who have registered for semester IV and above.
Learning Outcomes
Survey and analysis of the history of the 20th century through its ideological conflicts and with particular emphasis on the ideological, political, economic, social and military clash between the superpowers and their alliances. Conventionally called ‘The Cold War’, the clash will be set chronologically in the period from 1917 το 1991, while its geographic coverage extends to Europe, North America and the ‘Third World’. Upon completing the course, students should be able to: 1. think synthetically, bringing meaningfully together the various political,ideological,social and economic aspects of the history of the 20th century. 2. demonstrate they have acquired a sound understanding of the importance of ideological conflicts and their contribution to the making of 20th-century history. 3. identify continuities and discontinuities in different patterns and different periods of historical development. 4. appreciate the importance of the rise of the 'Third World' in the making of contemporary history.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • 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)
Lectures cover the following topics: 1) 'The Cold War': definition, periodisation, historiographical 'schools' 2) 'The Burden of History': Russia and the World before 1917 3) The Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1941 4) The Second World War and the World of 1945: the new balance of power and the causes of conflict 5) Doctrines, Plans and the Division of Europe, 1945-1955 6) The USSR under Nikita Khruschev 7) The Cold War and the People's Republic of China 8) The Cold War and the 'Third World' 9) The Years of Detente, 1969-1979 10) From Reagan to Gorbachev, 1980-1989 11) The End of the Cold War, 1989-1991 12) The post-Cold war period and the 'velvet curtain of civilization'? 13) Epilogue-Summation: The 'Culture' of the Cold War
Contemporary History, The Cold War
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Lectures include the use of visual materials (film extracts, maps, paintings, statistical tables, posters etc. in Power-point format). During lectures students are encouraged to participate and comment on these materials as well as to discuss relevant primary and secondary sources. Lectures are followed by discussion of the main and/or controversial issues involved.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment112.5
Student Assessment
Written examination:100%. The written examination aims to evaluate the extent, depth and understanding of the main issues on the part of the students, aw well as to assess their critical and analytical skills and ability for synthesis. Students are asked to answer a number of questions that require the identification of a historical problem and the development of a concrete argument for tackling it.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Mearsheimer, J. Η Τραγωδία της Πολιτικής των Μεγάλων Δυνάμεων (Αθήνα: Ποιότητα, 2007).
Additional bibliography for study
Calvocoressi, P. Διεθνής Πολιτική 1945-2000 (Αθήνα: Κ. Τουρίκης, 2004). Ήφαιστος, Π., Κ. Κολιόπουλος και Ε. Χατζηβασιλείου (επιμ.), Η έναρξη του Ψυχρού Πολέμου, 1941-1950: στρατηγικά ή ιδεολογικά αίτια; (Αθήνα: Ινστιτούτο Διεθνών Σχέσεων, Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο, 2012). Baylis, J. and C. Smith (επιμ.), Η Παγκοσμιοποίηση της Διεθνούς Πολιτικής: Εισαγωγή στις Διεθνείς Σχέσεις (Θεσσαλονίκη: Επίκεντρο, 2007). Ferguson, N. Κολοσσός: Η άνοδος και η πτώση της αμερικανικής αυτοκρατορίας (Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2007). Ferguson, N. Ο πόλεμος στον κόσμο: Ο αιώνας του μίσους 1901-2000 (Αθήνα: Ιωλκός, 2007). Judt, T. Η Ευρώπη μετά τον πόλεμο (Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2012). Mazower, Μ., Σκοτεινή Ήπειρος. Ευρωπαϊκός 20ός αιώνας (μτφρ.), Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2001. Kennedy, P. Η άνοδος και η πτώση των Μεγάλων Δυνάμεων (Αθήνα: Αξιωτέλης, 1990), τόμοι Ι-ΙΙ. Kissinger, H. Διπλωματία (Αθήνα: Λιβάνης, 1995). Mearsheimer, J. Η Τραγωδία της Πολιτικής των Μεγάλων Δυνάμεων (Αθήνα: Ποιότητα, 2007). Σφήκας, Θ.Δ. (επιμ.), Το Σχέδιο Μάρσαλ: ανασυγκρότηση και διαίρεση της Ευρώπης (Αθήνα: Πατάκης, 2011). Χατζηβασιλείου, Ε. Εισαγωγή στην Ιστορία του Μεταπολεμικού Κόσμου (Αθήνα: Πατάκης, 2001). Καρβουναράκης, Θ. Ο ψυχρός πόλεμος: διεπιστημονική προσέγγιση (Αθήνα: Ι. Σιδέρης, 2012).
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