Studies in European Civilization


The course focuses on the many aspects of European development and the nature of European civilization and culture. It is an innovative course offered by the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University, which opens new ground in Greek Higher Education. Interdisciplinary in nature, it incorporates a variety of established and modern subjects and aims at analyzing the basic elements, processes and agents, which have interacted over time to make up what is understood today as Europe.  The course:  provides knowledge and skills; builds up critical ability; contributes to historical and comparative analysis; helps highlight the multi-faceted kaleidoscope of Europe. The books (study-guides) specially written by HOU for the course are complemented both by general textbooks and by a series of shorter texts, all of which are also stocked and provided by the University Library. They refer to central themes and debates formulated by disciplines such as history, philosophy, art, geography, all of which highlight processes of continuity and change, of identity and nation-building, of supra-nationalism, across most of what is today considered Europe in geographical terms. The course is based on over twelve modules among which, central ones are: European General History (IX-XX c.), European Economic and Social History (IX-XX c.), Philosophy, Social Science, History of Art, European Literature, Geography, Medieval and Byzantine culture. Completion of this course allows students to deepen their knowledge of European civilization and culture and to specialize in one or more of the many aspects discussed. At the same time, they acquire basic skills necessary in any work environment. A European citizen should be the educated citizen, who would have equal opportunities in a united Europe. This course provides such  fundamentals.


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program the students should be able to,
- Understand the meaning of “Europe”, the transformations of its boundaries and the national borders in history, and the resulting cultural changes in the course of history.
- Recognize the stages of socio-economic and cultural development in Europe and its nation states.
- Master the basic components of European civilization and culture, as well as their spatial differentiation and succession.
- Analyze critically each of these components in the course of history and spatialities: art, science, literature, philosophy, education, political ideologies and changes in European identities, institutions of European unification, socio-economic structures and cultural communication.
- Develop their critical abilities and skills for the transfer of knowledge and the composition of small essays on the development of each of the components of European culture from the middle ages and the emergence of the nation state, until colonialism and globalization.


Programme ECTS credits: 240

Classification according to ISCED-2011 of Unesco:
based on the level of Education: 6   
based on the field of Education:  22 Humanities

Classification according to ISCED-2013 of Unesco:
based on the field of Education: 0228- Humanities/ interdisciplinary programme




Applicants to the European Cultural Studies course must possess a High School Certificate from a Greek Unified Upper Secondary School (Eniaio Lykeio), a b' level Technical Vocational Educational School (TEE) or an equivalent Greek or Foreign High School Certificate. 

Basic computer and Internet skills and good knowledge of English are necessary for the successful participation in HOU courses.





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