Course Information
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600019188

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

Registered students: 179
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
No prerequisites required.
Learning Outcomes
The course is intended as an introduction to the theoretical debates that have shaped historical inquiry form the 19th century to the present date. The aim is to enable students to understand the interdependency between historical thinking and writing, on the one hand, and the cultural context in which it occurs and its relationship with other disciplines, on the other. It also aims to acquaint students with contemporary historiographical schools and trends. The introductory part of the course examines the evolution of historical thinking from antiquity to the 18th century. Following the discussion of keys historical concepts (historical time, historical consciousness, historical memory, past and present, historical narratives) and the evolution of premodern historiography, the course will examine the main historiographical schools and trends from the 19th century to the present in their appropriate cultural contexts. The study of schools and trends aims to acquaint students with the causes of each school’s emergence; with the manner whereby each school grasps the relationship between the past and the present and the purpose(s) of historical studies and writing; and the particular research methodology promoted by each school. By the time they have completed the course, students are expected to: (1) be familiar with the key concepts and methods of historical research (2) grasp the interdependency between the study of the past and the cultural context in which it occurs (3) comprehend the evolution of historical inquiry and writing from antiquity to the present (4) possess the necessary background knowledge to recognize and study the key historiographical schools and trends from the 19th century to the present.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • 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)
Syllabus 1.Introduction: What is History? Key concepts - history and historiography, time, historical consciousness, memory, the past vs history, historical paradigm, 'grand narratives'. 2. Ancient Historiography 3. Byzantine and Slavic Medieval Historiography. 4. Historiography in the Renaissance and in the Age of Discovery. The passage from the medieval to the modern historical consciousness. Historiography in the 16th and 17th centuries. 5. History and Historiography in the Age of the Enlightenment. Linear progress, colonialism, world histories and the construction of 'Europe' through historical writing. 6. History and historiography in the 19th century (I): Romanticism, nation states, Darwin, social darwinism, Ranke and the professionalisation of history. 7. History, historiography and the social revolutions of the 19th century (II): historicism, positivism, national histories, Marx and Engels on history, social, economic and cultural history. 8.History and historiography in the 20th century (I): the challenge to historicism and positivism, the Annales 'School'. 9. History and historiography in the 20th century (II): the Shoah, national liberation and social movements in the 60s, historical anthropology, post colonial studies, the linguistic turn, the new cultural history. The postmodernist challenge. 10. History and historiography in the 20th century (III): Oral History, Public History. 11. History and historiography in the 20th century (IV): From feminist history to women's studies. 12. History and historiography in the 20th century (V): 'Mapping' 'the landscape of History'. 13. The tools and methods of the map maker: from facts and information to sources and interpretation
Historiography, Historiographical schools and trends
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
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 Assigment82.5
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 Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Τζ. Μπάροου, Μια Ιστορία των Ιστοριών (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Τόπος, 2014).
Additional bibliography for study
E.H. Carr, Τι είναι Ιστορία; Σκέψεις για τον ρόλο της Ιστορίας και το επάγγελμα του ιστορικού (Αθήνα: Πατάκης, 2015). D. Cannadine (επιμ.), Τι είναι Ιστορία σήμερα; (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Νήσος, 2007). M. Bloch, Απολογία για την Ιστορία: το επάγγελμα του ιστορικού (Αθήνα: Εναλλακτικές Εκδόσεις, 1994). R.J. Evans, Για την υπεράσπιση της Ιστορίας (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Σαββάλας, 2009.) J.L. Gaddis, Το τοπίο της Ιστορίας: πώς οι ιστορικοί χαρτογραφούν το παρελθόν (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πεδίο, 2019). M. MacMillan, Χρήση και κατάχρηση της ιστορίας (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Καρδαμίτσα, 2012). G. Iggers, Η Ιστοριογραφία στον 20ο αιώνα (Αθήνα: Νεφέλη, 1999). Θ. Βέικος, Θεωρία και Μεθοδολογία της Ιστορίας (Αθήνα: Θεμέλιο, 1987). G. Noiriel, Τι είναι Σύγχρονη Ιστορία; (Αθήνα: Gutenberg, 2005). Κ. Λέβιτ, Το Νόημα της Ιστορίας (Αθήνα: Γνώση, 1985). Τ. Ίγκλετον, Οι αυταπάτες της μετανεωτερικότητας (Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης, 2000). E.J. Hobsbawm, Για την Ιστορία (Αθήνα: Θεμέλιο, 1998). F. Dosse, Η Ιστορία σε ψίχουλα: από τα Annales στη «Νέα Ιστορία» (Ηράκλειο: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 1987). E. Traverso, Η Ιστορία ως πεδίο μάχης: ερμηνεύοντας τις βιαιότητες του 20ου αιώνα (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις του Εικοστού Πρώτου, 2016). Α. Λιάκος, Αποκάλυψη, Ουτοπία, Ιστορία: οι μεταμορφώσεις της ιστορικής συνείδησης (Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2012). Κ. Αρώνη-Τσίχλη, Ιστορικές σχολές και μέθοδοι (Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2008). D. Woolf, A Concise History of History: Global Historiography from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). G.R. Elton, The Practice of History (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1967). J.H. Arnold, History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). L. Hunt, History: Why It Matters (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018). N. Ferguson (επιμ.), Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (London: Picador, 1997). M. Bentley (επιμ.), Companion to Historiography (London: Routledge, 1997). E. Breisach, Historiography: Ancient, Medieval and Modern, 2η έκδ. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995). M. Gilderhus, History and Historians: A Historiographical Introduction, 5η έκδ. (New York: Prentice Hall, 2002). M. Howell and W. Prevenier, From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001). M. Howard, The Lessons of History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991). J. Hexter, The History Primer (New York: Basic Books, 1971). J. Hexter, On Historians (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1979). L. Jordanova, History in Practice (London: Arnold, 2000). J. Black και D.M. MacRaild, Studying History, 2η έκδ. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000). R. Gilderhus και M.E. Page (επιμ.), A Short Guide to Writing about History, 5η έκδ. (London: Pearson Longman, 2005).
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