School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-200 Semester: 2st
Course Title: Introduction to History
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General Background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: Students get systematically acquainted with the discipline of history and its specificities. The courses’s objective is to make students understand that historical knowledge is far more than the sum total of historical facts and cannot be limited to the past for the sake of the past alone. On the contrary past and present are closely related in socially and culturally specific ways. In other words the course advances the idea that historical knowledge and historical thinking are associated both to the present and the past. Students are also expected to learn the major skills of historical work and are invited to consider some key issues and debates in contemporary period in the prospect of rethinking their relation to history and the past.

    General Competences: 
    Students are expected to think and rethink critically on historical knowledge and thinking and consider the part of historical imagination in the structuring of historical narratives. They all get knowledge of the skills used by historians in their work and during lectures they are invited to use them in discussing specific examples of testimonies and documents. Students are also get to understand the complex relation between past and present and how the present influences all understanding of the past. They are also invited to understand the different and often conflicting ways with which specific social and cultural groups structure their identities in relation or opposition to specific historical narratives.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course offers an introduction to historical studies to first year students. Students are invited to get familiar with specific issues of historical inquiry, including the relation of history to other social sciences and social anthropology in particular. The subject matter of the course is divided in three sections. Section one examines key issues of historical thinking, like the relation of history to memory, temporality and historicity. A short introduction to the disciplinization of history from 1800 until today is also included. Section two presents the skills required for historians and major issues of historical methodology. Students get acquainted with all forms of historical material, including oral testimonies, autobiographical writing and visual material. Section three introduces students to some specific historical and methodological issues, (i.e, the concepts of fact and event, the forms of historical interpretation, history and narrative and the ambivalent relation of subjectivity and objectivity in historical inquiry.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Extensive use of visual sources, power point and the network. Students have access to the page of the course in eclass
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 40
    Practice in class 20
    Autonomous study and exam preparation 62
    Examination 3
    Course total: 125
    Student performance evaluation: Final examination


    Suggested bibliography:
    Burke Peter, 2002. Ιστορία και Κοινωνική Θεωρία, Αθήνα, Νήσος.
    Ιγκερς Γκέοργκ, 1999. Η Ιστοριογραφία στον 20ο αιώνα, Αθήνα, Νεφέλη.
    Λιάκος Αντώνης, 2007. Πώς το Παρελθόν Γίνεται Ιστορία; Αθήνα: Πόλις.
    Λε Γκοφ Ζακ, 1998.Ιστορία και Μνήμη, Αθήνα: Νεφέλη.
    Burke Peter, 2009. Τι Είναι Πολιτισμική Ιστορία, Μεταίχμιο.
    Cannadine David, 2007. Τι είναι η Ιστορία Σήμερα; Αθήνα: Νήσος.
    Δημητρίου –Κοτσώνη Σίβυλα, Δημητρίου Σωτήρης, 1996. Ανθρωπολογία και Ιστορία, Αθήνα, Καστανιώτης