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Public Administration – THEMATIC UNITS

HOU > Undergraduate Programmes > Public Administration (DHD) > Public Administration – THEMATIC UNITS

Information about the Thematic Units

DHD11 General Principles of Public Law

Code: DHD11

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Background Knowledge

Semester: First (1st)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The Thematic Unit aims to present the general constitutional and administrative principles of Greek legal order. Emphasis is given to i. sources of law and rulemaking, ii. separation of powers and relations between the state bodies and between the state and the citizens, iii. fundamental rights, iv. public administration and systems of administration, v. legal principles based on the rule of law and vi. judicial system and judicial control of constitutionality.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • determine the system of sources of law in the Greek legal order, the fundamental constitutional principles that regarding the state powers, and the general principles of administrative organization and action,
  • recognize the methods and techniques of legal interpretation and reasoning,
  • use the literature and the jurisprudence to solve specific problems of public law.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD12 Principles of Economic Theory

Code: DHD12

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Background Knowledge

Semester: First (1st)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Thematic Unit is to introduce students to Economic Theory and more specifically to the basic principles of micro and macroeconomics, with special attention to the relevant basic methodological tools. In particular, and as far as microeconomics is concerned, the Thematic Unit will focus on the examination of the theory of demand and supply of goods, the categorization of public goods, the significance of performance and cost curves of a corporation / organization, issues relating to the policy of monopolies and oligopolies, as well as the conditions of free competition. As far as macroeconomics are concerned, the Class Unit focuses on the examination of means to determine the total economic income, the conditions of macroeconomic equilibrium, the basic characteristics of labor market, issues of fiscal and monetary policy, balance of payment, the ways to transform exchange rates, the notions of inflation and unemployment, as well as issues relating to Financial Prosperity.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Determine and comprehend the differences between the microeconomic and macroeconomic approach,
  • Describe the determining factors of demand and supply of a good
  • Recognize the significance of the structure of markets and the peculiarities of public goods
  • Define the equilibrium conditions in purchasing a good
  • Determine the total product in the framework of a close or open economy
  • Analyze the prevailing conditions in the labor market
  • Comprehend the relationship between the several macroeconomic figures, like for example inflation and unemployment
  • Assess the alternative financial policies and comprehend the consequences of their implementation

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD13 Greek Administrative System

Code: DHD13

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Background Knowledge

Semester: First (1st)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Class Unit is the presentation of the institutions, functions and procedures of the Greek administrative system. Specific contents: I. The system of public administrations in Greece – II. Administrative system and the Constitution – III. The functions of the administrative system: public order, national defence, justice, financial development, social administration, environmental protection, taxation and fiscal management – IV. The central government – V. Decentralization, Local Administration – VI. Independent Authorities – VII. Administrative activity and procedures – VIII. The control of public administration – IX. Public Administration staff – X. Malfunctions of public administration and reform – XI. The Europeanization of public administration – XII. The Greek administrative system in the crisis era.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Determine the structure, organization, extent, institutions, functions, procedures and transformations of the Greek administrative system,
  • Recognize the pathogenesis and malfunctions of the Greek administrative system, in order to be able to contribute to its transformation for the better,
  • Determine relevant information with regards to the staff of public administration and the core provisions of the Civil Servant Code.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD21 Introduction to Political Science

Code: DHD21

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: General Knowledge

Semester: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The main purpose of this course is the introduction of students to the basic concepts of political science, which will be useful for a better understanding in the context of the whole academic program. More specifically, different types of states are presented (liberal, social, neoliberal), as well as the transformations of state-society relations from Enlightenment to the present day.  These relations are presented through transformations in economy, social and gender structure, as well as the cultural dynamics in the face of the globalization processes. In this context, an analysis of the political system and of the concept of legitimation is offered. Also, the basic characteristics of representative institutions, both political and social, are presented, as well as the distinction between government and governance is discussed. Lastly, the areas of political behavior, political participation, electoral behavior, and civil society are presented, focusing on contemporary Greece.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Define and distinguish the basic modes of state organization.
  • Determine the important transformations in the relationship between society and the state, as these are articulated through social and political representation structures.
  • Evaluate the important parameters which determine the processes and content of legitimation at the national and international level.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD22 Operational Statistics

Code: DHD22

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: General Knowledge

Semester: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The aim of this Class Unit is to present the fundamentals of Operational Statistics and Operational Mathematics, which are necessary for students to understand basic principles in Business Administration and their practical application in various problems in business and financial problems using spreadsheets. Topics include: Introduction to Statistics for Business Administration, Graphical methods for summarizing data, Algebraic methods for summarizing data, Principles of Probability Theory, Probability Distributions, Sampling distributions of statistical measures, Estimating population parameters, Parametric tests, Functions of a single variable, Differentiation of functions of a single variable, Limits, continuity and function optimization, Introduction to spreadsheets, Statistical functions, Data analysis tools, Graphs.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand and use basic tools from Mathematics to solve problems in economics and business administration.
  • Describe basic concepts and the role of Statistics and Probability in business administration.
  • Use operational mathematics and statistics in conjunction with related software, in order to solve problems and exercises.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD23 Basic Principles of Management

Code: DHD23

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterisation: Background Knowledge

Semester: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Class Unit is to present the basic principles of management. More specifically, the Class Unit examines the historical development of management theories, the foundational functions of management, issues concerning human resource management, issues relating to staff development and assessment, the significant of culture and communication in modern organization, ethical issues in corporations and organizations, as well as current approaches in leadership discourse.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish the basic principles and theories which constitute core knowledge, and one which Management has been based on and developed till today,
  • Analyze the basic functions of Management
  • Recognize the problems confronted by the modern employee
  • Define the necessary abilities for a modern individual
  • Assess the means and measures through which occurring problems regarding human resource may be resolved, and recognize the significance of culture and communication in the modern organizations

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD31 International and European Law

Code: DHD31

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: This module comprises the analysis of the basic principles of public international law, with an emphasis on the theory of subjects and sources of international law, and subsequently, the presentation of the basic principles of EU law, with an emphasis on the system of sources of EU law, the EU general principles, the relations between EU and domestic law, the EU institutions and the system of judicial protection in the framework of the EU.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Define the specific traits, sources and subjects of international law,
  • Define the specific characteristics of EU law, the relations between domestic and EU law, the system of EU law sources, the EU institutions, as well as the evolution of EU law after 2010, with an emphasis on particular developments for the Eurozone member-States.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD32 Principles of Public Economics

Code: DHD32

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The objective of this module is the introduction of students to the basic concepts of public sector economics and the analysis of the economic functions of the state. Specifically, the issues that are developed in this Module include: market mechanism and the need for state intervention in economic activity, definition and size of the public sector, theory of public goods, externalities, state budget, public expenditure, public debt, taxes and tax system, public enterprises, financing social policy and social security. In addition, the present Module includes some references to the current fiscal developments in Greece and makes a brief presentation and commentary on key figures and procedures of the State Budget.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • understand the economic functions of the state and the reasons for state intervention in economic activity
  • identify the forms of state intervention in economic activity, the state budget and public enterprises
  • evaluate economic policy and formulate policy proposals to improve public sector efficiency

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD33 Historical formation of the Greek Nation State

Code: DHD33

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Background Knowledge

Semester: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The Class Unit focuses on the basic stages of formation and development of the Greek nation state, with emphasis on the period of the twentieth century. The evolution of the political system is examined both in relation to the changes in the constitutional field, as well as to the emergence of specific stakeholders such as shipping, the bourgoise, the banks and the working classes. Emphasis is also given on the period after the 1909 military movement and the policy of the so-called ‘Venizelist modernization’. The rehabilitation of refugees, the economic crisis of the interwar period and the regime of Ioannis Metaxas are also examined. After the fundamental upheavals brought about by World War II, the Occupation and the Civil War, the formation of the post-war political system (constitution and para-constitution) and the crisis of legitimacy leading to the dictatorship of 1967 are examined. The course ends with the review of the period after the restoration of the Greek democracy in 1974.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the main moments of the formation of the Greek nation state, and the reasons that contributed to its change
  • distinguish the important social and political entities and institutions of Greek political history
  • describe the institutional function and structural role of the elements of the political and administrative system during the historical period under consideration.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD41 International Political Economy

Code: DHD41

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Fourth (4th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The course relates to the international dimensions of economic activity, economic transactions, and economic relations. Its main topics are theoretical approaches in international political economy, the international financial and monetary system, international exchange rates, money and capital markets, the international trade and the globalization of commodity and service markets, multinational companies, international economic relations, the transnational coordination of economic policies, the relations between advanced and advancing countries and the regional and global economic integration and governance. The course includes issues such as European integration, Development aid, energy, and immigration.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Define the inner structure-function of the international economic system
  • Define the function of the international trade and multinational companies
  • Evaluate the importance of international economic relations and compose policies for their improvement

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD42 Ethics and Deontology in Public Administration

Code: DHD42

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Fourth (4th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The objective of this Course Module is the in-depth presentation of the basic principles of Ethics and Deontology in the Public Administration, as these originate from the Greek Constitution, the administrative laws and the codes of ethics & deontology of the public sector. Particular emphasis will be placed on the in-depth analysis of the Administrative Procedure Code, the European Code of Good Administrative Behavior and the Code of Good Administrative Behavior of the Civil Servants. In addition, the Course Module will cover the preventative and suppressive management of the phenomenon of corruption in Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing the Course Module, students will be able to:

  • understand and internalize the principles of ethics and deontology, to which good administration should adhere, in conjunction with the law provisions included in the Administrative Procedure Code.
  • identify and interpret preventative and suppressive anti-corruption measures in Public Administration.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD43 State and Public Policies

Code: DHD43

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Fourth (4th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Class Unit is the critical approach to basic institutions and processes for the formation and implementation of public policies at the national, regional, local or supra-national levels. Following an essential presentation of basic concepts of the class unit (the state, public policies), the focus turns on the challenges that the state is faced with in the course of implementing public policies. Challenges that arise as a result of a constantly changing environment (developments in European integration and dynamics of globalization), which undoubtedly affect public policies.  The last part of the class unit the focus is on cases of social or regional policies as case-studies in Greece, in order to present the factors that constitute the basic assessment criteria of state public policies.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • defining the basic institutions and procedures that have an impact on public policies,
  • defining and evaluating the challenges that the public administrations is faced with, as they result from the process of European integration and the conditions generated by globalization,
  • describing and analysing the features of social and regional policy in Greece.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD51 Regional Development and Regional Inequalities

Code: DHD51

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Fifth (5th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The module concerns issues of theory of regional inequalities and analysis and evaluation of regional policy instruments. The topics covered concern the following: the ‘regional problem’ and the measurement of regional inequalities, theories of regional inequalities, regional inequalities in Greece, regional inequalities in the European Union, the necessity of regional policy, the objectives, dilemmas and instruments of regional policy, the regional development policy in Greece, development incentives, the regional distribution of public investments, the organization of public administration at regional and local level, the regional programmes and the regional distribution of the NSRF, the regional policy in the EU.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • understand uneven development at different spatial levels (from the international and the European level to the national and the local one).
  • identify the instruments of exercising regional policy as well as the regional policy implementing bodies/institutions.
  • evaluate regional policy and formulate policy suggestions to reduce regional disparities and ensure balanced development.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD52 EU Institutions and Public Policies

Code: DHD52

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Fifth (5th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The course, in a generic manner, aims to familiarize the students with the processes that led to the formation of the EE, its organs, and its policies. The main topics of the course include the theories of European integration and main concepts; the history of the EU development; the Treaties of the EU and their revisions; the EU organs and institutions; the EU budget; main EU policies; the EU in global politics, and the process of the European integration.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this Class Unit, the students will be able to:

  • describe the structure, the functioning, and the policies of the European Union
  • analyze EU policies and their implementation
  • formulate policy proposals for the improvement and enhancement of EU policies

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD53 Project Management

Code: DHD53

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Fifth (5th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of the module is the presentation of the basic principles of project management. Specifically, the module presents the basic concepts in the context of project design and implementation, the ways of organizing and managing projects, the project life cycle, the most well-known and widely used methods of project planning and control including network analysis methods, production programming process for projects with constraints on implementation time and projects with constraints on available resources, project schedule optimization techniques, project time and financial monitoring techniques, and finally how information systems are supported in project management.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • identify the concepts program, project, subproject, project life cycle, activity and work
  • describe the ways of the organizing and managing projects and explain their advantages and disadvantages
  • apply project planning and control methods
  • understand and apply the process of assigning resources to projects
  • understand and apply the techniques of monitoring the schedule and budget of a project
  • analyze the budget of a project and monitor its expenses
  • understand the operation and the limitations of the project management information systems.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD61 Institutions and Policies of Human Rights Protection

Code: DHD61

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Sixth (6th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of this Class Unit is to introduce students to the issue of human rights, including civil, political and social rights. More specifically, the class unit examines the perception of civil rights as a value which surrounds human personality, beyond any intervention that might curtail its privacy, as well as the terms of participation in public communication procedures (opinion, expression). Political rights forms a protective net of civil society’s political body, against forms of power which hinder people’s self-government, while its active dimension concerns participation in the political process, mainly through the right to vote. Social rights form a protective net against threats received by social groups by personal property, accumulation of wealth and power, and by the market dynamics. To conclude, the class unit focuses on the application of the above perceptions by the Greek state and legislation, particularly after the second half of the twentieth century up till today.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the cardinal theoretical approaches through which modern conceptions of human rights have been formulated
  • acknowledge the important political and administrative agencies which embody human rights principles, combined with the function of the political system
  • determine fields of intervention with content related to the protection of human rights, in the area or the institution of their occupation.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD62 Public Sector Accounting

Code: DHD62

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterisation: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Sixth (6th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Class Unit is to lay the foundations for the issues of Public Sector Accounting both at a theoretical and practical level by presenting the basic concepts, principles and applications in the Greek and modern international environment. In detail, it includes Accounting systems for monitoring transactions in the Public Sector, Budget in the Public Sector, Double-entry Accounting System in Public Entities, Public Health Units and Local Authorities, Accounting of Grants, Investment Accounting, Central Government Accounting, Control and Evaluation of performance in the Public Sector.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the basic concepts, principles, and applications of Public Sector Accounting
  • use accounting systems for monitoring transactions in the public sector

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD63 Reform Trends and Changes in Public Administration

Code: DHD63

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Sixth (6th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Class Unit is to present the basic principles of change management. Specifically, the class unit presents the main content of the concept of change, the types of change, the most essential theoretical models of change, the conditions for success or failure of change, the reasons of reaction towards change, ways of mitigating the reaction to change, the actors of change, the significance of senior management and leadership regarding the final outcome, as well as contemporary issues regarding administrative reforms and public administration current trends.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of reform administration and administrative changes
  • Recognize the current forms of organization in the public sector
  • Define the prerequisites of success, or failure of reform attempts
  • Propose the current models of agencies’ change
  • Analyze the administrative changes in combination with the bodies’ effectiveness.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD71 Public Administration and International Organizations

Code: DHD71

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: General Knowledge

Semester: Seventh (7th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The major scope of this Class Unit is to assist in the theoretical and particularly functional and practical understanding of the significance of the role of international organizations, since they are related to the functions of nation states. International organizations are mainly those who govern economic relations and function, inter alia, as fields where national governments exercise national policies. The above take place always within the framework of necessity and international conventions, as they operate in a globalized regime. Case studies of international organizations which will be examined are those which influence public administration and the general public sector. As a result, the class unit will go through the United Nations and some of the major international agencies which form part of its constellation, the European Union as a significant regional organization, while there will be a useful and indicative reference to International Non-governmental Organizations.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this Class Unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the significance of international organizations in the present context and the function of nation states and public administration
  • enumerate the basic international organizations which in one way or another influence public administration
  • recognize the significance of International NGOs in the formation and application of public policies by modern states.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD72 Administrative Decentralization and Local Government. Political and Economic Dimensions

Code: DHD72

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Seventh (7th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The course aims to analyze the institution of Administrative Decentralization and Local Government in Greece, focusing on their contribution to the democratic, economic, and social development and regarding the implementation of national and European policies at the local level. In particular, the course examines the implementation of the “Kallikratis” Program and the perspective of a new reform in the Local Government.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • use specialized knowledge of the responsibilities of Municipalities, Regions, and Decentralized Administrations, with particular emphasis on those related to their business and development initiatives and the planning and implementation of public policies
  • demonstrate the skills required to design, implement, and monitor co-financed development programs, interventions, and projects

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

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DHD73 Public Investment and Development Programs

Code: DHD73

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Seventh (7th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The purpose of this Class Unit is to present the basic principles of financing and evaluating investments for the implementation of public investment and developmental programs. More specifically, the Class Unit presents the basic financial math, investment evaluation methods, capital expenditure, the correlation of performance and risk, the function of capital and monetary market, as well as the fixed income security valuation.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • Use macroeconomic mathematics
  • Describe the basic characteristics of investment programs
  • Apply the basic techniques to assess investment
  • Define the function of capital and monetary market
  • Apply the fixed income security valuation

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD81 Civil Service Law

Code: DHD81

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Compulsory

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Eighth (8th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of this Class Unit is the determination and analysis of the key institutions of Civil Service Law. More Specifically, the following are examined: I. The formation system of the civil servants body in Greece. ΙΙ. The service status of civil servants. ΙΙΙ. The disciplinary responsibility of public servants. IV. The termination of employment of public servants with the public domain. V. The judicial protection of public servants.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • acknowledge the institutional framework which runs through the public service employees
  • acknowledge the rights, responsibilities and limitations which emanate from the public service capacity
  • acknowledge the relevant information regarding disciplinary law and the disciplinary control of public servants.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD82 Fiscal management and Auditing

Code: DHD82

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Elective

Unit Characterisation: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Eighth (8th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of this class unit is to demonstrate and analyze the core notions and principles on the budgeting preparation and execution, the function of internal and external audit, as well as the utilization for decision-making in the Public Sector. In particular, the function of central government budgeting, the budgeting of the rest general government bodies, the budgeting of public law legal persons and local government bodies will be presented. Moreover, students will come through the process and bodies which prepare and execute the budgeting, the bodies and procedures of auditing of the budgeting’s execution. Finally, issues of data use and mining regarding the fiscal condition for the implementation of decision-making methods in the public domain will be presented.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the key notions, the principles and function of budgeting in the public sector
  • acknowledge the function of auditing in the public sector
  • describe decision-making tools and methods with the use of accounting data from the financial units of the public sector.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline


DHD83 Quality Management

Code: DHD83

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Elective

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Eighth (8th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of this class unit is to present the basic principles of total quality management (TQM) and the processes for successful application in the Public Sector. More specifically, the class unit demonstrates the key notions of quality, such as quality control, quality assurance, crucial factors for the successful application of TQM, methods and tools for quality improvement, quality cost categorization, and also cost evaluation of simple quality programs, as well as quality standards and quality awards, including CEF and EFQM as means of continuous improvement. In the context of this class unit, students will observe how TQM philosophy influences the rescheduling of organizational procedures and may contribute to upgrading public services, putting the individuals at the epicenter.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • recognize the strategic significance of the adoption of Total Quality Management by businesses and organizations
  • assess the crucial factors for the successful application of Total Quality Management taking into account the problems and needs of organizations and businesses
  • use to their benefit quality standards and quality awards as means of continuous improvement (e.g. CEF, EFQM)
  • determine quality procedures, measurements and inspection for quality improvement
  • execute comparative analysis, in order to determine improvement needs
  • determine goals, plan and apply new improvement procedures in businesses and organizations
  • categorize quality cost and evaluate the cost of basic quality programs.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD84 Anti-Crime / Penitentiary Policy and Administration

Code: DHD84

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Elective

Unit Characterization: Scientific Area

Semester: Eighth (8th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of this class unit is to introduce students to issues relating to the current penitentiary system and the said administration in Greece. More specifically, this class unit examines the penitentiary framework and the science of custodial sentences and sentence assessment. It pertains to a legal domain found in the heart of the organization of each state abiding by the rule of law. It is directly linked with the application of the principle of the rule of law and protection of human rights. This class unit, apart from the historical approach concerning penitentiary law, will also introduce students to current aspects of the domain regarding assessment of custodial sentences, while it will also shed light on ways to improve penitentiary systems according to the needs of modern societies. Special emphasis will be paid on controlling mechanisms of the penitentiary systems, as well as on detainees’ social inclusion.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this class unit students will be able to:

  • describe the fundamental theoretical approaches of the criminal phenomenon, emphasizing on the sentence assessment
  • recognize the key pillars and principles of the penitentiary system, primarily under the prism of human rights
  • acknowledge the important elements of the Greek Penitentiary Code and its correct application
  • comprehend the function and institutional framework of penitentiary administration and its functions
  • understand the dynamics of the application of penitentiary institutions, focusing primarily on social inclusion.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

DHD85 Entrepreneurship and digital transformation

Code: DHD85

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Elective

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Eighth (8th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of module is to identify new entrepreneurship opportunities and new business models as a result of the possibility of digital business transformation in the modern economic environment. Digital Transformation can profoundly modify the way of organizing and working in the core business functions, enhancing the competitiveness of a company. The course provides the necessary knowledge on the principles and models of digital entrepreneurship and digital transformation as well as information on the resources required for the development of related successful ventures.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • Define digital entrepreneurship and digital transformation, as well as the difference between digital entrepreneurship and e-commerce
  • Summarise the main reasons for becoming a ‘digital’ business, and the barriers that may be encountered
  • Assess opportunities in the context of the digital economy, with a focus on digital transformation
  • Know the legal framework and security requirements for electronic transactions.
  • Develop digital business models
  • Analyse the digital macro- and micro- business environment
  • Identify the key drivers, resources, technologies and information systems required to implement digital entrepreneurship
  • Use tools to develop and select digital entrepreneurship strategies
  • Identify the main elements of digital business supply chain management
  • Understand the need for separate digital business and digital marketing strategies
  • Indicate the methods of requirements analysis for digital business systems
  • Examine digital transformation methodologies
  • Recognise the role of digital enterprises in social and sustainable development

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

DHD86 Entrepreneurship and innovation management

Code: DHD86

ECTS Credits: 10

Type of Unit: Elective

Unit Characterization: Scientific Expertise

Semester: Eighth (8th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Aim of the Thematic Unit: The scope of the course is to introduce the trainees to the whole spectrum of the entrepreneurial journey, from finding an idea to developing new products/services and placing them on the market. In addition, students will have the opportunity to delve into the ways, tools, techniques and methods by which entrepreneurs validate their ideas, create value, and improve their business strategy. Special reference is made to management of innovation for competitive advantage. Specifically, the course provides participants with the basic knowledge to comprehend the systems of integrated innovation management at the operational and strategic level, taking into account the parameters of change (organisational, technological or market demand) in a synthetic way, with the ultimate aim of enhancing the competitiveness of enterprises.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the class unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate a business idea
  • Use tools, techniques and methods to validate business ideas
  • Assess the risks and benefits of entrepreneurship
  • Comprehend the key financial decisions that every entrepreneur must make in the early stages of a new venture
  • Recognise the entrepreneurship support programmes in the European Union and in Greece
  • Understand the process of raising capital
  • Know the fundamental principles of innovation management, at the operational and strategic level
  • Comprehend the relationship between innovation management and the acquisition of competitive advantage
  • Understand the stages of the new product development process
  • Use tools and techniques for the effective management of innovation within enterprises

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Teaching Method: Distance learning using the HOU’s e-learning platform and conducting Group Consultation Meetings (online, face-to-face).

Module Outline

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