School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: SA-113 Semester: 6st
Course Title: Culture and Politics in Contemporary Greece
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: This course aims at presenting an in depth anthropological approach of the symbolic configurations and the social foundations of political practices in Modern Greek society. Special emphasis is given to a “bottom up” approach of political behavior and to a holistic understanding of politics that recognizes interconnections with other “fields” of action beyond the so called “central political scene”.

    General Competences: This course contributes to the establishment of a critical perspective on political processes and practices in Greek society. In connection to many other courses in the same program of studies, it cultivates an attitude of understanding and tolerance towards alterity but also invites in creative and inductive thinking. It also applies a set of anthropological concepts in the study of Greek society thus contributing to the cultivation of critical self-knowledge.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    This course continues the project of “self-anthropology” that is pursued in the course of “Greek ethnography” and turns the focus to politics and more particularly to the symbolic configurations and the social foundations of political practices in a multiplicity of fields beyond the “central political scene”. The course focuses on the negotiation of gender and sexuality in the household and in the wider public domain as well as on the contestation of a hegemonic “domestic model” and the construction of alternative understandings of the self. It also examines the political uses of collective identity (local or ethnic), particularly in relation to the “Macedonian issue”, and analyzes the very effects of nationalist discourse on Greek anthropology. The emphasis of the course is on the political management of difference in connection to the “migration and refugee issue” and the socio-cultural complex that informs “traditional” (e.g. “paternalistic” and “populist”) and current forms of political mobilization (e.g. social movements). The course also critically examines the phenomenon of “voluntarism”, which has risen during the last decades, in connection with the upcoming model of “civil society” and discusses the politics of the “gift” and “solidarity” that prevail in the times of crisis.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Students have access to the page of the course in eclass/td>
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Autonomous study and exam preparation 108
    Exams 3
    Course total: 150
    Student performance evaluation: Final examination


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