History and Overview of the Department
The Department Profile
The department of Political Science and History is the organic evolution of the first political science department in Greece, the Higher School of Political Science, founded in the early 1930s. In its current form, it was established in 1997 (after a split of the Department of Political Science and International Studies), and started functioning as an independent department in the academic year 1998-1999.
The department is devoted to the study and research of political science and modern history, with a special emphasis on the following fields: comparative politics; political sociology; contentious politics and social movements; political and electoral behavior; globalization studies; constitutional law; economic theory and history; political philosophy and social theory; minorities and migration; public history; modern and contemporary world, European, Balkan and Greek history.
The departmental curriculum promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social and political phenomena, the courses offered allowing both a regional focus (primarily Europe and the Balkans) as well as encouraging the in-depth exploration of contemporary problems in an increasingly globalized world.
Apart from a limited number of compulsory ─core─ courses offered in the freshman and sophomore years, the curriculum provides students with a large number of electives (primarily in their junior and senior years), allowing them to construct their personal program of study in a manner that best reflects their individual interests, talents, and goals. In addition, access is given to a variety of study modules both within other Panteion departments as well as other universities in the Athens area.
The undergraduate program of study consists of eight semesters (four years), corresponding to 240 ECTS.
The department is actively engaged in promoting and facilitating student professional prospects despite current employment difficulties. Comparative studies conducted by international organisations have shown that single-discipline or excessively specialised study programs in the social sciences tend to fail in establishing solid links with the job market. On the contrary, interdisciplinary programmes, be they thematic (problem-oriented) or regional (area studies), based on the pedagogical principle of well-informed student autonomy, greatly enhance employability. Since nowadays more and more people are forced to seek alternative occupations during their professional life (many of them turning to adult education), a good grounding in general knowledge and the scientific method is a most valuable asset.
Likely employment opportunities available to the students include:
♦ In secondary education: teaching in the political science and history modules; ♦ in the public sector; ♦ in public and private enterprises interested in geographical, historical and cultural areas (Greek, Balkan and European studies); ♦ in European institutions; ♦ in the media: general and specialized web sites, in the daily press, television and radio shows as well as publishing houses; ♦ in a broad spectrum of office work in combination with language and computer skills; ♦ in research institutions and archives.