Sports Studies: Sociology, History, Anthropology (ASK)

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The aim of the programme is to provide specialized knowledge on issues of social and cultural history, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies of sport and sports, through the interconnection of theoretical knowledge and research practice.

The Postgraduate Programme of Studies “Sport Studies: Sociology, History, Anthropology” (SSHA) aims to provide specialized knowledge regarding issues of social and cultural history, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies of sport and sports, through the interconnection of theoretical knowledge and research practice.

More specifically, the proposed Postgraduate Programme aims to train researchers in the field of Social and Humanistic Studies and Physical Education and Sport Science, through the theoretical and empirical/research sociological, historical and anthropological approach to sport and sports. At the end of their studies, graduates of the Programme will have acquired the theoretical and methodological background, as well as the necessary skills for the interdisciplinary social and cultural investigation of sport.

Alongside its research mission, the Programme aims to specialise sport, sport press and education managers, bringing them in contact with new theoretical and methodological trends in the field of social, historical and cultural studies of sport. The aim is to disseminate a new culture around the social and cultural dimensions of sport and sports, so that through their critical connection with wider social and cultural structures and processes, on the one hand, the overcoming of dominant stereotypes and prejudices around them in public discourse and corresponding practices can be achieved and, on the other hand, their pedagogical use as a means of socialisation, social integration and intercultural reflection.


Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts, theories and methods, as well as the research fields (topics) of the history, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies of sport
  • Understand the complex historical, social and cultural dimensions of contemporary sports
  • critically explore the historical and social processes of production and consumption of sporting practices, sporting spectacles and sporting products
  • Know the social, political and economic conditions, as well as the scientific developments of late modernity that contributed to the renegotiation of the body and gender
  • Understand the importance of physical education in shaping sporting culture, sporting identities and the social uses of sport and sports
  • Describe new trends in the sports industry in the context of the professionalisation and globalisation of sport
  • critically examine the structure, organisation and functioning, as well as the wider social and cultural role of sport institutions and practices, and of sporting communities
  • Know the different forms, complex causes and multiple consequences of deviant behaviour and social control in sporting arenas
  • Critically evaluate the institutional framework and the policies applied in the field of sport
  • To know the main axes of theoretical reflection and the corresponding research agenda of the social sciences on the body and social gender, based on the relevant Greek and international literature
  • To know ethnographic and microsociological examples that demonstrate the multiple and complex social and cultural meanings (gender, class, ethno-cultural, racial) associated with the body and social gender, their performances and transformations
  • be familiar with ethnographic and micro-sociological examples that demonstrate the body and gender as fields of political claims and conflicts
  • Assess the importance of physical education in the context of education
  • Understand the role, influence and importance of sport in contemporary Greek society and education
  • Design and implement empirical social research in the field of sport and physical education
  • Design and implement social intervention and development programmes through sport and physical education at local, regional and national level
  • Design and implement physical education programmes in education

Classification according to the Unesco ISCED-2013 code

By the field of education: Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving social sciences, journalism and information/ 0388

0314 Sociology and cultural studies
0312 Political sciences and civics
0222 History and archaeology
0114 Teacher training with subject specialisation

By the level of study: 7

Characterisation of Postgraduate Studies:

Master of Science (ΜSc)

ECTS Credits of the Programme

The total number of credits (ECTS) required for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialisation (MSc) is 120 ECTS.

Duration of study: The minimum duration of the MSc is two (2) academic years.

Language of instruction:Greek

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek. 

The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)


For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

The Master’s Degree Programme “Sports Studies: Sociology, History, Anthropology” (ASK) is structured in four (4) academic semesters, which include nine (9) units and a dissertation. The minimum period of study is two (2) years and the total number of credits (ECTS) required for the Master’s degree is 120 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester). In detail, the structure of the MSc is as follows:


1st Semester

2nd Semester 

3rd Semester

4th Semester


C1: Compulsory

Teaching method: distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (tele-GCM, face-to-face).

Guidelines for the selection of units

You may select from one (1) to three (3) units per semester.

During the procedure of declaring a unit, you must first exhaust the units of the previous semester and then declare the units of the next semester or select at the same time the ones you have left (from the previous semester).

The Master’s Dissertation is completed after the successful completion of all the units of the programme.

Successful completion of all the units and the successful completion and presentation of the Master’s Dissertation are required for the completion of the programme.

The topic of the Master’s Dissertation must concern issues related to the Thematic Units and the individual axes that constitute them. The dissertation may be based on primary empirical research or an original critical review of existing literature.

The minimum duration of study for the MSc is two (2) academic years.

Academic Supervision Committee

Vafeas Nikolaos, University of Crete
Associated Educational Staff (AES) of HOU
Brief Curriculum Vitae

Zaimakis Yannis, University of Crete
Associated Educational Staff (AES) of HOU
Brief Curriculum Vitae

Nikolaos Kotaridis, Panteion University
Associated Educational Staff (AES) of HOU
Brief Curriculum Vitae


Nikolaos Kotaridis, Professor
Subject: Social History of Modern Greece

e-mail: kotaridis.nikos@ac.eap.gr

The cost of the Programme of Studies is calculated in relation to its credit units, as one (1) Credit Unit (ECTS) amounts to 30€. Therefore, each Thematic Unit is priced at 300€/Dissertation 900€ and the total cost of the Postgraduate Programme is 3.600€.

For information about the programme contact:

Student Registration Department

Contact telephone: 2610367316
Ε-mail: ask@eap.gr

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