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Contemporary Greek and European History

Contemporary Greek and European History

Programme Director: Professor Christos Hadziiosif
Information: Departmental Secretariat, tel: 0030 28310 773370030 28310 77337 , 77379, e-mail:

Study Consultants: a) Christos Hadziiosif, office 71, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310 773620030 28310 77362 ,, b) Efi Avdela, office 45, tel. 0030 28310 773440030 28310 77344,, c) Christos Loukos, office 67, tel. 0030 28310 773580030 28310 77358,, d) Socrates Petmezas, office 76, tel. 0030 28310 773660030 28310 77366,, e) Yiannis Kokkinakis, office 68, tel. 0030 28310 77359,

Ι. Presentation of the Programme
In the Department of History and Archaeology of the School of Philosophy of the University of Crete runs a Postgraduate Study Programme (P.S.P.) in “Contemporary Greek and European History” (Β1/720/23.9.93 Greek State Official Gazette Issue 786/6-10-1993, Β7/235/29.7.98 Greek State Official Gazette Issue 848 vol. Β’/12.8.1998, and Β7/679/6.11.2002 Greek State Official Gazette Issue 1465 vol. Β’/21.11.2002). Since the academic year 1997-1998 it is being running as an interdisciplinary programme along with the Department of Sociology of the School of Social Sciences of the University of Crete, according to the Ministerial Decision Β7/235/29-6-98 (Greek State Official Gazette Issue 848/ 12.8.98, vol.Β’) and the orders of the articles 10 to 12 of the law 2083/92. The administrative support of the programme is assumed by the Department of History and Archaeology.
The P.S.P. in “Contemporary Greek and European History” aims at helping postgraduate students to broaden and deepen their knowledge on the European and Neo-Hellenic society of the 19th and 20th century, familiarizing them with the problems and methods of historical research, as well as the contemporary directions of historiography, and at preparing them for the elaboration of a doctoral/Ph.D. thesis in contemporary history.
The courses are structured so as to serve the purpose of a faceted/multiple approach of the contemporary period of the history of European societies. Aim of the programme is not to cover completely the contemporary European history but to highlight the European dimension of phenomena usually studied within the framework of the borders of today’s national states. In parallel, it is intended to place the Greek history of the period within the general framework of the history of Europe and the contiguous to the Greeks Mediterranean peoples. Importance is also attached to familiarizing students with the contemporary trends and thematic of historiography at an international level. In this way the new historians will acquire a common language with their European colleagues, which will enable them to participate equivalently in the international scientific discourses.

II. Degrees and Duration of Study
1. Degrees
The P.S.P. awards:
a) Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) in “Contemporary Greek and European History” (equivalent to Masters Degree), and
b) Ph.D./Doctoral Degree

2. Duration of Study
The time span for the award of Degrees is set at: five (5) academic semesters for the Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) and to yet six to eight (6-8) academic semesters for the Ph.D./Doctoral Degree.

ΙΙΙ. Entry/Admission Requirements
1. Graduate Categories
The P.S.P. admits, through exams, graduates of Departments of History and Archaeology, Philology, Philosophical and Social Sciences, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Political Science, Economic Science and of Faculty of Law of Greek H.E.I. (Higher Education Institutions) or respective foreign Departments, as well as graduates of congener Departments of T.E.I. (Technological Educative Institutions), according to the conditions of the article 5 of the law 2916/2001.

2. Number of students being admitted
The Programme’s entry exams for postgraduate students are held twice a year, in September and February. At the Secretariat of the Department one can find indicatory bibliography. The number of students that are admitted to the Programme is set at a maximum limit of fifteen (15).

IV. Regulation and Curriculum
1. Programme of courses of the First Cycle of Postgraduate Studies
The courses of the academic year 2007-2008 are quoted indicatively:
Winter semester
Issues of history and historiography of the decade 1940-1950
The modern trends in the historiography of World History or Global History
Spring semester
Gender and history
Introduction to the history of numismatic systems
Technology, economic development and democracy

The courses offered each academic year are determined in May of the previous academic year. All courses have three-hour duration and are taught for at least thirteen weeks.

Each postgraduate student must write essays in five seminars, as well as his/her Masters thesis. In the course of their studies they also have to participate in an in situ exercise in one of the following organisations: local archives, General State Archives, Contemporary Social History Archives, Institute for Mediterranean Studies – FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas), Institute for Neohellenic Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Museums and other cultural centres or research programmes, under the supervision of an instructor of the P.S.P. This in situ exercise forms part of the postgraduate students’ research for the preparation of their final thesis.
Each seminar corresponds to 15 units ECTS (c.u.), whereas the final thesis with 75 c.u. The total required credit units are 150.


The writing of the thesis is supervised by a three-member committee consisting of the supervisor and two more instructors appointed by the General Assembly of Special Composition (G.A.S.C.). The student must: submit a written proposal analyzing the aims and method of the thesis, participate in an in situ exercise, present orally the writing progress of the thesis and last submit it to the three-member committee for judgment.

Indicatory curriculum/study programme
1st semester: 2 seminars.
2nd semester: 1 seminar and first stage of thesis (in situ exercise).
3rd semester: 1 seminar and second stage of thesis (preparation of proposal).
4th semester: 1 seminar and third stage of thesis (oral presentation).
5th semester: writing of thesis.

2. Ph. D. degrees
The holder of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree and equivalent degrees of other Universities may be admitted to the B’ Cycle of postgraduate studies that leads to the acquisition of the Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.).
In certain exceptional cases candidates without a P.S.D. may be admitted, if the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition considers that the requirements of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree are met by their research and publications.
The Ph.D. candidate is admitted for enrolment by the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition (G.A.S.C.), in which s/he submits the topic of his/her doctoral thesis, after obtaining the consent of one member of the Teaching and Research Staff. The G.A.S.C., after having accepted the application, appoints a three-member committee of specialists who supervise the thesis. The doctoral thesis is completed within a lapse of 6 to eight (6-8) semesters from the application’s approval and is defended orally before a seven-member examination committee.
In the course of his/her studies the Ph.D. candidate participates necessarily:
• in the seminar of the Ph.D. candidates held once a month during the academic period.
• in the summer laboratory of theory and methodology of history and social sciences held during the last week of July in which participate the programme’s students and postgraduate students of other Greek or foreign universities.

V. Facilities/ Material and technical infrastructure
Each postgraduate student of the Programme has at his/her disposal one of the best university libraries of Greece. The library of the University of Crete at Rethymno has 200,000 volumes, c. 1,000 Greek and foreign periodicals/journals and includes important private collections acquired by purchase or donation (collections of Arvanitides, Katsarakis, Moatsos, Orlandos, Papakostas, Prevelakis, de Simony, etc.).
Each postgraduate student also has access to the specialized in Islamic Studies and Mediterranean Civilization library of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (I.M.S.). The I.M.S. moreover possesses a rich collection of Greek and foreign newspapers and microfilm archives, which complete the respective collection of the University of Crete. Important archives and public libraries are also located in Herakleion and Khania.
The Department houses a Laboratory which is at the disposal of the students of the P.S.P. The Laboratory is equipped with an adequate number of reader printers for reading archive material in microfilms, and of computers.

Laboratory Telephone number e-mail
Laboratory of Modern History 0030 28310 773690030 28310 77369, 77370


Bibliography for entry exams in Contemporary Greek and European History

Annual Summer Meeting of Postgraduate Students of Modern and Contemporary History

Permanent Seminar of Ph.D. Candidates in Modern and Contemporary Greek and European History