School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-228 Semester: 6st
Course Title: The modern European city after the second world war
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    • The course offers students extensive knowledge of contemporary European history by discussing the urban phenomenon and the modern European city.
    • Students get familiar with the basic bibliography of European urbanization as a historical process.
    • Students learn to understand the various and multilevel transformations that took place during the postwar period and affected the urban environment in which they now live.
    • Students are expected to understand the important role of space in the shaping of social relations.
    • Students are also learn to recognize the complexity of historical phenomena in relation to urbanization and the politics of space responsible for managing and ordering urban space in the twentieth century.

    General Competences: 
    Students are required to study and analyze complicate and heterogeneous material from different kinds of sources to develop and pursue research ideas for use in the class.
    The course requires individual initiative and efforts for all participant students in order to understand the complexity of the European city formation.
    The course encourages interdisciplinary thinking and uses influences in theory and methodology from different disciplines (history, social anthropology, geography, urban planning).
    Students are expected to develop their knowledge, skills and sensibilities by thinking and discussing in the class key issues of urban transformation in contemporary Europe including the environment and gender aspects.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The aim of the course is to examine the shaping of the contemporary European city through the political, social, economic and cultural changes that took place since the end of the Second WW such as: demographic increase and migration influx, peripheral development and metropolization , the end of industrial society and the supremacy of the services in urban economies, the city’s spectacularisation and the politics of heritage, the globalization and the retreat of state’s intervention, the new social hierarchies and their spatialities, the new collective subjects (women, youth), work and leisure and the new expression of urban governance. Nevertheless, apart from the discontinuities and the ruptures between the post and prewar periods, continuities between them are also examined. It is striking, for example that the European urban tissue has merely been changed since the 19th century or that the prevalent ideas of urban planning over the postwar-period have their origins in the 1930’s.
    Specific attention is payed to the differences of landscape’s configurations of various European regions. Although European cities give the impression of similarity and homogenization they did not follow the same path and in the recent past their differences, depending on their geographical position and the ways and time they were affected by various changes, were manifest.
    Hence, Western Europe, Scandinavian countries, the Mediterranean South and Southeastern Europe are dissimilar as to rhythms of urbanization and their relationship with economic development, the politics of housing, the role of the market and the state intervention, the migration traits and the demographic rates – to name but a few –shaped the urban space. Recent and distant past have profoundly marked both the contemporary European metropolises and national urbanities.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of ICT in teaching, laboratory education, communication with students Extensive use of visual material, power point, and the internet. Students have access to the page of the seminar in eclass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Participation and discussion in class 20
    Autonomous study 31
    Preparation for the final exams 60
    Final examination 3
    Course total: 153
    Student performance evaluation: Student evaluation is based on participation in the class, presentation and final paper.


    Suggested bibliography:
    Guy Burgel, Η σύγχρονη ευρωπαϊκή πόλη. 2. Από τον Β΄ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο έως σήμερα (μτφρ. Μαρία Παπαηλιάδη), Πλέθρον, Αθήνα 2007.
    Guy Burgel, Η επιστροφή της πόλης, εκδ. Παπαζήση, Αθήνα 2009.
    Clark Peter, European Cities and Towns 400-2000, Oxford University Press, Οξφόρδη 2009.
    Pinol Jean-Luc, Franҫois Walter, Η σύγχρονη ευρωπαϊκή πόλη. 1. Έως τον Β΄ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο (μτφρ. Μαρία Κουμπούρα), Πλέθρον, Αθήνα 2007.
    Stevenson Deborah, Πόλεις και αστικοί πολιτισμοί (μτφρ. Ιουλία Πεντάζου), Κριτική, Αθήνα 2007