Greece Today

Course Information
TitleGreece Today / Greece Today
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Papastathis
Course ID600001149

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Course offered only to exchange (whether erasmus+ or other) students in the University.
Learning Outcomes
Following the successful completion of the course, foreign students will be able to have a complete picture of the Greek political and economic situation and will be able to: better understand the context of the country they chose to study present in a coherent manner a subject related to contemporary greek reality to fellow students on their return home.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This is a course, composed by a series of lectures by staff members, doctoral and post-doctoral students of the School of Political Sciences. Its objective is to provide Erasmus and exchange students with an insight into – and the underlying causes of – the political, economic and social situation of Greece today. The lectures aim to introduce students to the most important aspects of Greek politics and the Hellenic society, as well as to offer them relevant information on the history and evolution of Thessaloniki, the city they currently live. This is an open-enrollment course, open to all Erasmus and exchange students in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; successful candidates receive three (3) ECTS credits. The detailed plan of the course is to be found in the course's site ( and it is updated every semester. Thematic topics A brief history of Greece • The creation of the modern Greek State • The gradual expansion of the country • Between East and West – the Greek modernity An introduction to the contemporary political history of Greece • From the civil war to the dictatorship • Post-1974 history Politics in Greece after 1974 • Party and electoral system • The cleavages in Greek politics • The fragmentation of the political system as a consequence of the crisis The political culture • Modernism versus traditionalism • A European or a Balkan state • The role of Church The Greek culture • Modern Greek literature and theater • The arts in Greece today Greece and the European Union • A historic perspective • EMU and Greece • The immigration/refugee crisis Greece’s foreign relations • Greece and its neighbors (Balkans, Turkey) • The relations with Russia • Greece and the United States The economy of Greece • From an agricultural state to the services economy • The “borrowed” prosperity of the 80s-90s • The current economic crisis An introduction to the history of Thessaloniki • A multicultural city – a metropolis of the Balkans • The role of the minorities (in particular the Jewish community) • The changes after the W.W. II • Re-inventing Thessaloniki in the 21st century
Greece, today, politics, economics, society
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Course Organization
Reading Assigment552
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Written assigments90.3
Student Assessment
Since the course is designed in the form of a series of thematic lectures, attendance is crucial and participation will be taken into account for the final grade. The final exam will consist of short separate tests (quiz, multiple choice questions and short analysis questions) for each lecture and the literature provided by each lecturer. Students should reply to the questions relating to, at least, five lectures. The final grade will consist of the average of the 5 best grades the student has received.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Η βιβλιογραφία (άρθρα και βιβλία) παρέχεται από κάθε διδάσκοντα ξεχωριστά. Οι φοιτητές ανταλλαγής δεν έχουν δικαίωμα σε βιβλία από τον Εύδοξο.όλη η βιβλιογραφία περιέχεται στο σάιτ του μαθήματος στο elearning (
Additional bibliography for study
Literature (articles and books) are provided separately by each speaker. Exchange students are not entitled to books from Eudoxus. All literature for the course is to be found in the e-learning site of the course (
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