School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-213 Semester: 6st
Course Title: Social policy, Labour and the Labour Movement in Europe (19th century)
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Elective-Special background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    By the completion of the course students are expected:
    • Understand the European dimension of social policy and the framework of its emergence
    • Use the concepts of social policy, care and social and situate them in the historical context
    • Identify the characteristics of social policy in various European countries
    • Situate the labour movement in the economic, social and cultural framework in which it was born
    • Acknowledge gender as a central factor in the formation of labour and labour movement
    • Use gender and class as analytical tools for historical analysis
    • Interpret various forms of discourse and situate it in its historical context
    • Analyse contemporary social question with the theoretical apparatus of the approaches of welfare state

    General Competences: 

    Showing social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues
    Criticism and self-criticism
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking
    Consiousness-raising on issues related to social rights and citizenship

    (3) SYLLABUS

    1. Introduction to the concepts of “social policy”, “class”, “labour movement”
    2. Social policy and the “law” of Speenhamland
    3. The introduction of the notion of social class in historiography
    4. The political framework of the emergence of working class in Britain
    5. Agricultural economy in the Industrial Revolution
    6. Historicizing the Industrial Revolution
    7. The early working-class movement
    8. The making of the English Working Class
    9. The formation of French working class
    10. The European framework of social movements
    11. Paid domestic work: the diaries of Hannah Cullwick
    12. The Reform of Social Welfare: the New Poor Laws
    13. Gender, class and the state


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : In the class the Greek- and English-speaking bibliography of the history of social policy and labour is used. Historical sites are accessed, which contain original sources on the history of the labour. Students have access to the page of the course on Eclass
    Use of ITC in communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 40
    Mid-term exam 30
    Autonomous study and exam preparation 35
    Final examination 55
    Course total: 160
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Method of evaluation: Written examination at the end of the semester
    Specifically-defined evaluation criteria are given in the beginning of the semester. Intermediate exam is offered (optional)


    Suggested bibliography:
    Dick Geary, Το ευρωπαϊκό εργατικό κίνημα, Θεσσαλονίκη, Επίκεντρο 1988.
    Goeff Eley, Σφυρηλατώντας τη δημοκρατία: ιστορία της ευρωπαϊκής αριστεράς. Α΄ τόμος (1850-1923). Αθήνα: Σαββάλας 2010.
    Karl Polanyi, Ο μεγάλος μετασχηματισμός (μτφ. Κ. Γαγανάκης), Νησίδες.
    Antonis Liakos, Εργασία και πολιτική στην Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέμου: Το Διεθνές Γραφείο Εργασίας και η ανάδυση των κοινωνικών θεσμών. Αθήνα: Νεφέλη 2014 (β΄έκδοση).
    E.P. Thompson, Η δημιουργία της αγγλικής εργατικής τάξης. (Υπό έκδοση).
    Carolyn Steedman, An Everyday Life of the English Working Class. Work, Self and Sociability in the Early Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2013.
    Marcel Van der Linden and Jurgen Rojahn (eds.), The Formation of Labour Movements, 1870-1914. Brill 1990.
    Ira Katznelson και Aristide R. Zolberg (επιμ.), Working-Class Formation: Nineteenth-Century Patterns in Western Europe and the United States, Princeton University Press, 1986.
    Efi Avdela, «Η κοινωνική τάξη στη σύγχρονη ιστοριογραφία». Τα Ιστορικά, 12, 22, Ιούνιος 1995. 173-204.
    Francois-Xavier Merrien,. Αντιμέτωποι με τη φτώχεια: Η Δύση και οι φτωχοί χθες και σήμερα. Παπαζήσης 1996.
    Efi Avdela, «Το αντιφατικό περιεχόμενο της κοινωνικής προστασίας: Η νομοθεσία για την εργασία των γυναικών στη βιομηχανία (19ος – 20ός αιώνας)». Τα Ιστορικά 11, 1989: 336-360.
    Jacques Rancière, La nuit des prolétaires: Archives du réve ouvrier. Παρίσι: Fayard, 1981 [English translation, Nights of Labor].
    Maria Korasidou, Όταν η Αρρώστια Απειλεί: Επιτήρηση και έλεγχος της υγείας του πληθυσμού στην Ελλάδα του 19ου αιώνα. Αθήνα, Τυπωθήτω.
    Kathleen Canning, «Social Policy, Body Politics: Recasting the Social Question in Germany, 1875-1900» στο L. Frader και S.O. Rose (επιμ.), Gender and Class in Modern Eurοpe, Cornell University Press, 1995.
    François Ewarld, 2000. Ιστορία του Κράτους Πρόνοιας (μτφ. Μ. Κορασίδου). Gutenberg.
    Maria Stratigaki, 2007. Το φύλο της Κοινωνικής Πολιτικής, Μεταίχμιο.

    – Related academic journals:
    Journal of Social History
    International Labour and Working-Class History
    Economic History Review
    History Workshop Journal
    Gender and History