Studies in Greek Civilization



The Program of Studies “Greek Civilization and Culture” is the sole program of interdisciplinary and diachronic study of the dimensions, expressions and contributions of the Greek civilization and culture within the Greek academic environment. With this program, which is now a well-established undergraduate course, the Hellenic Open University set up academic studies of an original and alternative character in regard to conventional Greek universities.

The Program combines:

-the study of history as background knowledge,

-the study of intellectual creativity (literature, philosophy, sciences),

-the study of the arts (visual arts, urban planning, theater, dance, music, cinema, etc.) and

of social life (political organization, public and private life, the diasporic phenomenon, acceptance and incorporation of the past within modern Greek reality),

while encouraging the co-examination of cultural phenomena which emerged, and are emerging, in the Greek space, seen as part of the wider European and global context.

The specific units which constitute this program are twelve (12) and respond to important and globally established dimensions of the contribution of the Greek civilization/culture. Students acquire theoretical education on the concepts of civilization and culture, following which they study history, art, architecture and urban planning, learn aspects of Greek public and private life, ancient as well as modern, Greek literature from the Homeric epics to the 20th century, philosophy and science, ancient theater, modern theater and cinema, music and dance, archaeology and museology, as well as the global foci of the Greek diaspora.

More specifically, the purpose of the program is to offer wide-ranging knowledge, and critical understanding of the cultural explorations and expressions which were developed during consecutive periods of Greek history, ancient, Byzantine and modern, giving prominence to the pertinence of cultural processes (continuities, discontinuities, revivals, explorations of identity, the issue of cultural heritage, etc.) within the given historical and social conditions.

The Program cultivates critical and synthesizing thought on both material and immaterial aspects of the Greek civilization and culture, on their contribution towards the global cultural becoming, and on the ongoing interaction between past and present, while simultaneously studying exchanges with other civilizations which are always relevant/possible due to the Greek geographical position.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the Program advances and cultivates the following abilities or dexterities:

  • Overview of the extremely multi-dimensional Greek cultural inter-temporality which is enriched with the capacity for deeper examination.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Ability for abstract, combining and comparative thought towards the analysis, synthesis and interpretation of both internal and external processes involved in the Greek cultural becoming and its diachronic transformations.
  • Aesthetic education.
  • Consciousness of the diachronic convergence between Greek culture and other cultures.
  • Awareness of the development potential of culture.


  • Competence of written communication and the writing of quality academic essays.
  • ·Dexterity in using technologies of communication, information and representation, as well as in the productive management of time.

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 Hellenic 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.



Course Director
Athanasia Balta, Associate Professor, Hellenic Open University

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