Undergraduate Courses for International Students

A. Undergraduate courses offered in English by the Department of Social Anthropology

Every academic year, the Department offers the following courses in English (open only to international students) :

Winter Semester

   point2 Contemporary Issues in Social Anthropology (520197), N. Koutsougera (Day, room and hour TBD)

The course addresses seminal topics in different thematic areas in social and cultural anthropology (methodology of social anthropology, globalization, anthropological perspectives on cultures of entertainment, women and gender in Greece etc.). The different topics addressed in the course, will be taught by Greek and international scholars. The final program of the course will be announced in September 2020.
Presence is compulsory in order to be admitted to the exams session. Only two absences will be allowed.
Final written exams for undergraduate students will take place in January 2021 (date to be announced). MA students will not take part in written exams, but will be required to write an essay pertinent to one of the thematic areas presented in the seminars.

Spring Semester

   point3 Anthropological Research in Greece and the Mediterranean (520196), K. Rozakou (Day, room and hour TBD)

This course is an introduction to the anthropological study of Greece and the Mediterranean. The area around the Mediterranean Sea has historically been a space of intercultural communication, travel and commerce. At the same time, placed at the borders of Europe, the Mediterranean -and Greece in particular- often stands as a marginal area not only in geographical, but also in symbolical terms in the European imagination. During the course we will discuss the “discovery” of Greece and the Mediterranean in anthropology in the 1950s, as well as the “re-discovery” of the region during the past decade of multiple “crises”. Through the critical revisiting of some of the classical themes in "Mediterranean anthropology" (such as honour, shame, hospitality and patronage), we will reflect on the perils of exoticization and reification in anthropology. Moreover, we will discuss contemporary ethnographies that no longer focus on the Mediterranean unity of common socio-cultural traits but turn to the Mediterranean as a transnational space of mobility, connectivity, cohabitation and violence. The course will give explicit emphasis to Greek ethnography. The second part of course consists of guest lectures where Panteion University anthropology staff and researchers as well as guest lecturers from other universities present their work.

             Each course:
             •    has 10 lectures
             •    requires compulsory attendance
             •    has a student evaluation method based on a written exam
             •    is worth 7.5 ECTS.


During the academic year 2020-2021 the Department also offers some tutorials in English (open only to international students):

        Winter Semester

          file extension bin Anthropology of Human Rights and Activism (520217), E. Avramopoulou (contact by e-mail Prof. Avramopoulou)

Human rights 'talk' forms a normative and moral discourse that is 'used and abused' while it travels between the universal and the local, namely through its instrumental appropriation by the state and its representatives, its strategic inscription in activists’ agendas, and its multiple duplications in situational translations. By posing the question who is the 'human' of human rights, the course will examine pertaining issues related to agency and resistance, public space and democracy, the commons and solidarity networks, affect and performativity. It will also examine the intertwinement of relations of power around rights claims with normative ideas about citizenship, identity politics, agency and resistance, and make use of ethnographic material that focuses on diverse social, political and economic environments. By introducing theoretical and empirical approaches determining the growing areas of anthropological interest in analysing human rights not only as a legal tool but mainly as a loci for addressing questions of power, voice, desire, affect and politics, this course aims to examine the study of human rights through critical theoretical approaches in social anthropology, political philosophy, gender studies, psychoanalysis and postcolonial theory.

          file extension binAnthropology and History (520216), D. Kofti (contact by e-mail Prof. Kofti)

This course focuses on the relations between anthropology and history and on ways both disciplines study temporalities and transformations. It looks at the history of historiography in its interconnections with the history of anthropological thought and gives an emphasis on approaches that draw from both disciplines such as historical anthropology, oral history, microhistory, history of the everyday and feminist history. The discussions will include anthropology’s and history’s shifts from grand narratives to the study of subjectivities, debates about structure and agency, critiques of Eurocentric approaches and the challenges of globalization.  The course readings include historically informed anthropological approaches and/or anthropologically informed historical approaches on gender, kinship, ritual, legal frameworks, rebellion and the study of the everyday. The thematic weeks will include discussions and course exercise on archival research and on conducting interviews.

         file extension binAnthropology of Tourism (520198), G. Tsimouris (contact by e-mail Prof. Tsimouris)

The course is designed to give an overview and critical assessment of the developing field of tourism study in anthropology. It aims to provide a historical understanding of travel and tourism in modernity and to engage the student in the debates of anthropology of tourism concerning the connections of modern travel with the pilgrimages of the past, identity issues, the meeting of hosts and guests, the impacts of tourism on destination societies and the overlapping among tourism and ethnographic practice. We discuss why tourism as other practises of mobility, became so recently a growing field of enquiry in social anthropology. Tourism is explored as one of the world's largest industries in the context of modern developments in communication technologies, the media and the electronic advertising. Tourist activity is investigated as a leisure time (or ‘free time’) closely associated with consumption, issues of style and identity formation. We examine the multiple types of tourism, adventurous, recreational, cultural, religious and environmental. We also explore the transformations of tourism in the post-war period in an environment of intense globalization and we consider issues of tourist policies with a specific focus on sustainable tourism development. A special focus is addressed to issues associated with representation of places and people in tourism industry and we also discuss tourism as a form of neo-colonialization.

Spring Semester

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Anthropology of Violence and Conflict (520228), O. Astrinaki (contact by e-mail Prof. Astrinaki)

The course examines recent anthropological approaches of formations of violence (symbolic, latent as well as open) in non-western and western societies, which treat violence as historical, social, political and cultural practice. It analyses the ways in which violence has been approached by classical anthropological and social theory and the dominant conceptions of violence in the so-called civilized world, which connect it with “the human nature”. It explores the relevance of these conceptions for western imaginaries and social practices and, further, for the constitution of western societies and polities; it discusses the role of these conceptions in the imaginative construction of non-western peoples and cultures as “savage”, which contributed to legitimate the global domination of the West. Finally, the course will discuss ethnographic examples, which show the complex relation of the formations of violence to local and global transformations of power, to the production of social inequalities and to the construction of local histories and identities.

      file extension bin Anthropology and Critical Discourse Studies (520230), S. Boukala (contact by  e-mail Prof. Boukala)

This course aims to familiarise students with the range of theories in Critical Discourse Studies by introducing them to fundamental concepts and approaches involved in the study of the links between language and society. It also intends to provide practical analytical skills and methodologies for analysing spoken, written and visual texts of different genres. In particular, this course will focus on different methods and issues in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Social Anthropology. CDA is broadly concerned with the way that language and other semiotic modalities reflect, legitimate and instantiate power and inequality in social relations. In this course, students are introduced to various methodological approaches to CDA which draw on and apply a range of theoretical frameworks including social anthropology, argumentation theory, cognitive linguistics, conversational analysis, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and ethnographic approaches. A variety of discourses articulated in talk, text and image and operating across a range of social and political fields of action are considered, including (social) media discourse, nationalist discourse, political discourse. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to and encouraged to engage with a number of theoretical and methodological debates currently ongoing in Critical Discourse Studies.The course aims to present and examine pivotal questions about past and present transformations in SEE from a history and anthropology perspective. Departing in the 18th century and reaching the early 21st century, we will discuss key aspects of the political, economic, social and cultural change in Balkan societies and approach critically the ways in which they have been conceptualized and theorized in the social sciences and the humanities. We will critically discuss concepts related to the ‘Balkans’, ‘backwardness’, ‘modernization’, 'transition', 'socialism' and 'post-socialism' and explore new research approaching the above-mentioned transformations in a non- essentialist, comparative and transnational fashion which seeks to promote the inscription of the region and its study into global frameworks and discussions.

       file extension bin Anthropology and Archeology (520201), E. Yalouri (contact by  e-mail Prof. Yalouri)

Archaeology being a field of research recording and interpreting aspects of the cultural and social past has encountered theoretical, methodological and analytical issues similar to those encountered by anthropology, being a field of research which records and interprets aspects of the cultural and social present.
This course examines different moments of intersection, convergence or divergence, in the history, theory and method of the two disciplines and it discusses in particular those issues in Archaeology and Anthropology which have flourished over the last decades. For example, we will discuss how archaeological sites and antiquities participate in cultural and social processes, and how they are connected to experiences, values and memories beyond the time of their original creation, expanding their history up to the present. We will also explore the ideological and political dimensions of archaeology and cultural heritage management, the ways in which ‘antiquity’ becomes a field of negotiation, contestation and appropriation. We will particularly refer to the role of Greek archaeology, which from its first steps acquired the status of a ‘national discipline’ in Greece and which, together with folklore studies, was mobilised to support the national ideology of the newly established Greek state. Finally, we will explore the role of antiquity in everyday aspects of social life, as well as the complex processes through which we select which aspects of the past to remember and which ones to forget.

             Each tutorial:
             •    is based on individual or group tutoring by a staff member
             •    has a maximum capacity of 8 students, with priority given to incoming anthropology students
             •    requires compulsory attendance
             •    has a final essay requirement
             •    is worth 7.5 ECTS


B. Undergraduate courses offered in Greek by the Department of Social Anthropology

Greek-speaking international students are welcome to attend any compulsory and/or elective course offered by our Department.
            Each course:
            •    has 13 lectures
            •    has a student evaluation method based on a final written/oral exam or an essay
            •    is worth 5 or 6 ECTS for elective and compulsory courses, respectively, for undergraduate students.

       The list of courses is available at:

C. Courses offered in English and/or French by other Departments at Panteion

In addition, International Students may select courses in English and/or French offered by any other Department at Panteion University. (List of courses and info:



Postgraduate Courses for International Students 

 A. Postgraduate courses offered in Greek by the Department of Social Anthropology

Greek-speaking international students are welcome to attend any postgraduate elective course offered by our Department.
            Each course:
            •    has 12 lectures
            •    requires an essay for student evaluation
            •    is worth 10 ECTS.


B. Courses offered in English and/or French by other Departments at Panteion University

International Students may select courses in English and/or French offered by any other Department at Panteion University (List of courses and info:


C. Undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Social Anthropology (also open to interested postgraduate students)

All undergraduate compulsory and elective courses offered by the Department of Social Anthropology and referred to in the general section on undergraduate courses above, are available to International Postgraduate Students.


D. Field research

Postgraduate students are also welcome to undertake fieldwork and research activities, supervised by members of our staff. At the end of their fieldwork and before leaving Greece, postgraduate students must submit a final research report to their faculty supervisor at Panteion.



PhD Fieldwork and Research Activities for International Students

We do not offer any PhD level courses (although all undergraduate and postgraduate courses are also open to interested PhD students).

PhD students are welcome to undertake fieldwork and research activities, supervised by members of our staff. At the end of their fieldwork and before leaving Greece, PhD students must submit a final research report to their faculty supervisor at Panteion.




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