School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: PH-471 Semester: 4st
Course Title: Introduction to political philosophy
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General background course.
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: After having attended the course, students should be able to recognize and thoroughly present the main arguments of modern philosophical theories of politics as well as to distinguish and explain the basic concepts on which they are founded. They should also be able to classify texts of the modern politico-philosophical tradition.

    General Competences: 

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course consists in a critical introduction to modern political philosophy. After an introductory lecture on the differences between ancient and modern political philosophy, we focus on the works of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Marx. We give emphasis on the internal cohesion of each theory as well as on the historical context in which it appeared. The objective of the course is to familiarize the students with certain fundamental issues raised and treated by modern political philosophy (the state of nature and natural right, the social contract, the general will, sovereignty, legitimate power, right of resistance etc.) as well as with the differences between the theories of these philosophers.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Communication with the students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures; close reading (analysis and commentary) of selected passages from the works of the philosophers of the syllabus (see also bibliography). 39
    Study of the bibliography 26
    Preparation for the exams 60
    Course total: 125
    Student performance evaluation: Written examination at the end of the semester. The students are given two questions and two passages selected from the texts studied during the semester; they are asked to answer one of the questions and to analyze and comment one of the passages.


    Suggested bibliography:

    -Greek translations of the following works:
    -Hegel G., Elements of the Philosophy of Right
    -Hobbes Th., Leviathan
    -Kant I., The Metaphysics of Morals I. The Doctrine of Right
    -Kant I., Perpetual Peace
    -Locke J., The Second Treatise of Government
    -Machiavelli N., The Prince
    -Machiavelli N., Discourses on Livy
    -Marx K., Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
    -Rousseau J.-J., The Social Contract

    -Πλάγγεσης Γ., Νεότερη πολιτική και κοινωνική φιλοσοφία, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2009
    -Στυλιανού Α., Θεωρίες του κοινωνικού συμβολαίου, Πόλις, Αθήνα, 2006

    Selected passages from these works are uploaded to the course webpage (OpenEclass