Courses

 

 

The Department of Social Anthropology welcomes all the Erasmus students of the Fall Semester and invites them to present themselves in the classes during the first week of the semester (October 11th--15th). As compulsory attendance is required and the number of students in most classes is limited, no students will be accepted after October 25th.

 

Undergraduate Courses for International Students

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

Courses in English (open to international and local students) :

Winter Semester

   point2 Doing Good? Anthropological Perspectives of Humanitarianism (520227), Prof. Katerina Rozakou (Thursday, 16:30-18:30, Room Γ3 New Building-3rd floor)

This course will explore anthropological analyses of humanitarianism. It will offer a critical perspective of humanitarian interventions by focusing on key analytical concepts and theories. During our seminars we will discuss ethnographies of humanitarian aid and examine humanitarianism as lived experience. We will explore the historical and cultural contexts of humanitarian activities. Where does the imperative to “do good” come from? How are such interventions grounded on ethical and political understandings? What are the dilemmas humanitarian workers encounter and how do they deal with them? How does humanitarianism construct its subject?
Some of the themes we will unpack include the historical origins of humanitarianism; the category of humanity; the gift in humanitarianism; humanitarian spectacles; moral and medical humanitarianism; vernacular humanitarianisms; the domestic arts of humanitarian activity etc. Apart from academic articles and books, we will watch videos and discuss texts written by humanitarian practitioners, volunteers and journalists. The class aims to promote attentive reading of the texts, critical analytical and writing skills and expand students’ oral presentation skills.

Spring Semester

   point3 Ethnography of non-Western Societies (520208), Prof. Gerasimos Makris (Day, room and hour TBD)

The course offers a critical and detailed discussion of issues emerging from an ethnographic project focusing on Sudan. After a thorough presentation of Sudanese early modern and modern history, we shall consider the phenomenon of fragmented identity among slaves and their now free descendants, as well as other subaltern populations of migrants from the periphery to the urban centres of the predominantly Arab Muslim Northern Sudan.
The ethnographic angle that we shall use is that of conversion to Islam and participation in spirit possession cults and associated magical practices. Specific topics related to the construction of positive self-identities, the emergence of counter-memory structures, the formation of alternative historical archives, the topographic crystallisation and concretisation of power relations, the unexpected uses of colonialism, and the merging of Islamism with local idioms of spirit possession, sufism and witchcraft will be considered.

             Each course:
             •    has 13 lectures
             •    requires compulsory attendance
             •    has a student evaluation method based on a final exam
             •    is worth 7.5 ECTS.

 

        Tutorials in English (open only to international students):

        Winter Semester


          file extension bin Anthropology of Human Rights and Activism (520217), Prof. Eirini Avramopoulou (Tuesday, 11:30-13:30, Room A4 New Building)

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 Popular Culture (520220), Prof. Leonidas Ecomomou (Monday, 14:00-16:00, Room A4 New Building)

The popular has been a contested concept, which has been given in both the past and the present various and often contradictory meanings. The course explores and clarifies this ambiguity and multiplicity and examines the different notions and politics of the popular in the social sciences and the public domain of western societies. It focuses especially on popular music and examines contemporary anthropological, sociological, literary and musicological approaches to popular musical genres, practices and cultures. The history of Greek “rebetiko” and “laiko” and their shifting representations and interpretations will be analyzed as an example. Students are expected to use the framework of the course and write essays on some contemporary or past form of popular music anywhere in the world.

       
         file extension binAnthropology of Tourism (520198), Prof. Giorgos Tsimouris (Friday, 11:30-13:30, Room A1 New Building)

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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Digital Anthropology (520236), Prof. Aliki Angelidou (Day, room and hour TBD)

This course focuses on the anthropological and ethnographic study of digital cultures. Ιt aims to familiarize the students with a wide range of theories, methodologies, and social practices that emerge in the context of various technoscapes. Specifically, the course will explore analytical concepts including virtuality, digital embodiment, construction of communities and social networks, space and time, digital economies, digital labor, internet visual cultures, gamification, and algorithmic cultures. During the seminars, we will discuss ethnographies of digital cultures and will focus on methodological issues, as well as, on new forms of ethnographic representation. Furthermore, we will explore methodologies and theoretical approaches that emerge from the intersection of anthropology and other disciplines, such as philosophy, literary criticism, and new media theory.


      file extension bin Anthropology and Critical Discourse Studies (520230), Prof. Salomi Boukala (Day, room and hour TBD)

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.

       file extension bin History of the Balkan States (19th-20th century) (520202), Prof. Niki Maroniti (Day, room and hour TBD)

This course discusses comparatively the dynamic history of the major Balkan nationalities -Bulgarians, Greeks, Romanians, Serbs, Albanians- in the nineteenth century and in the first two decades of the twentieth century. At the commencement of this period these people lived either under Ottoman or Habsburg rule, and all of them had been influenced by the policies of the Russian Orthodox Empire. The major emphasis, however, is on the national movements, including their programs and the revolutionary activity associated with them, as well as the demand for the modernization of each Balkan state and society. By the end of the nineteenth century, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro were able to establish independent governments. Bulgaria and Croatia had autonomous regimes. The gradual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the national revolutions were major causes of dispute between the Great Powers. The Eastern Question, a dominant issue in the international relations in both centuries, made the Balkans a constant centre of international attention and earned it a reputation for “instability”, “fluidity” and “unrest”. This lesson thus, covers the national movements of the Balkans societies, the impact of their common imperial past to their present, the experience of absolutism, the gradual procedure of democratization and liberalism, the co-existence of both diplomatic/peaceful and authoritarian power practices and the ways the Balkan states managed to deal, through the long 19th century, with the perception of them as “otherness”.

             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 or a written/oral exam
             •    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:
       http://www.anthropology.panteion.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=432&Itemid=884&lang=el

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: https://erasmus.panteion.gr/index.php/news/13-studies/89-undergraduate).

 

 

Postgraduate Courses for International Students 

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


       Winter Semester
       file extension bin  The Department of Social Anthropology jointly with the Department of Political Science and History offers, in English, the postgraduate course: Global Transformations and the Balkans (18th-21st centuries): Historical and Anthropological Perspectives (11M256/52M029), C. Koulouri, A. Lyberatos, D. Kofti (Thursday, 16:00-18:00, Room ΣΤ1 – ΚΕΝΙ, New Building-6th floor)

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.

                     The course:
                     • has 13 lectures
                     • requires compulsory attendance
                     • has a final essay requirement
                     • is worth 10 ECTS.

 

B. 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 13 lectures
            •    requires an essay for student evaluation
            •    is worth 10 ECTS.

 

C. 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: https://erasmus.panteion.gr/index.php/news/13-studies/90-postgraduate).

 

D. 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.

 

E. 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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