Organization and Structure of the Department

Establishment of the Department:

The Department of Sociology belongs to the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Crete. It was founded in 1984 and admitted its first students in the academic year 1987-1988.

Department Administration: The Chairperson of the Department of Sociology is Professor Ioannis Zaimakis. All departmental members convene once a month to decide on administrative and operational matters.

Structure and function of the Department: In order to best coordinate research and teaching activities, the Department is organized into three (3) streams/disciplines, which operate informally. Each member of staff specializes in one of the following streams/disciplines. Each stream or discipline offers a number of modules which cover different strands of Sociology:

• Social Theory and Methods

This stream/discipline covers subjects such as the history of sociological theories, classical and contemporary social theory, social and political philosophy, epistemology of the social sciences, and methods in social sciences.

• Social Organization and Change

This stream/discipline comprises the sub-disciplines of the sociology of the state and organizations, the sociology of the family, social classes and social stratification, social demography, urban sociology, rural sociology, environmental sociology, sociology of bureaucracy, business and economic sociology. It also covers the theories of social change and development, public policy (with emphasis on the welfare state), local political organization, social movements, political parties, interest groups, the political sociology of European integration, migration and theories of globalization.

• Cultural studies

The Cultural studies stream/discipline covers the sociology of culture, social anthropology, social history, the sociology of work, the sociology of education and learning, and ideology and culture. It also covers a range of subjects related to socialization and social control, the sociology of religion, the sociology of youth, the sociology of literature, the sociology of art, the sociology of mass media, and the sociology of minorities.

 

Contact information

Study Programme Overview

 

Undergraduate Studies Programme

Undergraduate Studies Programme of the Sociology Department

 

Admission procedures

Admission to the Department of Sociology takes place once a year following a University Entry Exam as stipulated by the Greek Ministry of Education.

Each academic year, the Department of Sociology also admits a limited number of students from other Universities and Technical Institutions, through written examinations. Students of credited certificates from abroad are also eligible to apply to study in the department.

Graduates from other universities and Technical institutions can also be admitted to the department. They can request to have their modules accredited so as to not to have to start from year 1. However, graduates cannot accredit more than 1/3 of the total number of modules of the course they have studied previously. Applications from graduates that fit the above description are subject to approval by the Departmental Committee.

 

Official Duration of Programme

Minimum of 8 Semesters.

 

Attendance

Full-Time Attendance/ Bachelor Degree of 243 ECTS Credits

 

Division – Specification

There are no Specilizations/Divisions in the undergraduate studies/programme

 

Requirements for Graduation

In principle, students can complete their studies and obtain a degree in Sociology in eight (8) semesters. During the period of their studies students must complete a total of forty (40) modules (36 modules in sociology and other related disciplines plus another 4 modules in a foreign language). Marking is graded on a scale ranging from one to ten, five (5) being the lowest passing grade and ten (10) the highest grade.

Course/ Modules? Distribution? Description

There are 40 modules required for a Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A) degree in Sociology. They are as follows:

  • eleven (11) Mandatory Courses-MODULES (ΥΠΟ)
  • four (4) terms English for Sociology (or another language)
  • four (4) Required Core Courses-MODULES (YEK)
  • Thirteen (13) to nineteen (19) Required Elective-modules (ΥΕΠ)
  • five (5) Required Elective Seminars (ΥΕΣ)
  • up to three (3) Inter-Departmental Elective MODULES (ΕΛΕ)

 

 

Course Classification

A. Mandatory  Modules (ΥΠΟ):

Category of modules

Number of modules

ECTS per modules

Total ECTS per Category

Lecture and Tutorial

11

8

88

Foreign language

4

5

20

 

B. Required Core Modules  (ΥΕΚ):

 

Category of Modules

Number of Modules

ECTS per module

Total ECTS per Category

Lecture

4

5

20

 

C. Required Elective Modules (ΥΕΠ):

Category of modules

Number of modules

ECTS per modules

Total ECTS per Category

Lecture

13

5

65

 

 

 

 

 

D. Required Elective Seminars (ΥΕΣ):

Category of modules

Number of modules

ECTS per module

Total ECTS per Category

Seminar

5

7

35

 

E. Inter-Departmental Elective Courses (Elective – if not chosen, must be substituted by the Required Elective  and/or Core modules)

Category of modules

Number of modules

ECTS per module

Total ECTS per Category

modules

3

5

15

 

F. Senior Thesis (Optional – Corresponds to one seminar and two Optional modules)

Category of modules

Number of modules

ECTS per module

Total ECTS per Category

Senior Thesis

1

17

17

 

G. Internship (Optional – Corresponds to one Required Elective Module

Category of module

Number of modules

ECTS per module

Total ECTS per Category

Internship

1

5

5

 

The total number of Modules and ECTS required for a B.A. degree in Sociology:

 

40 Courses

 

Total ECTS 243

 

Required Core Modules (YEK) can also be declared as Required Elective Courses (YEΠ).

Seminars and Internships can be applied from the 3rd year of undergraduate studies and onwards.

The Senior Thesis can only be completed/declared in the 4th year of undergraduate studies and onwards. 

 

Educational, research and professional goals

Sociology is an empirically oriented social science that studies social phenomena in a historical and contemporary perspective. All of the curricular requirements are geared so as to assure that students achieve the intended learning outcomes, both theoretical and methodological.  [The objective of the curriculum is to equip students with the theoretical and methodological foundations of sociology, helping them to empirically utilize the methods of sociological research.] Core courses offered by the department of Sociology provide students with a solid ground of autonomous and reflexive sociological thinking. The discipline of sociology will help students to understand and apply sociological concepts and principles to her/his own life. [The curriculum is oriented towards the development of autonomous and reflexive sociological thinking in the scientific analysis of social problems and great emphasis is placed on developing students’ ability to reflect on the effects of their activity in social reality.] The Department’s aim is to provide the basic concepts in sociology and their fundamental theoretical interrelations, such that students will be able to define, give examples, show interrelationships and demonstrate the relevance of Social Structure, Social Change, Social Stratification, Social Institutions, Social differentiation and Culture. [theoretically and methodologically grounded education with critical knowledge about the social structure, social interaction, and social institutions. ] Studies in the Sociology Department are structured in such a way as to help students to understand, describe and illustrate the role of theory in building sociological knowledge. Also the students will be able to understand the role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology in order to describe the general role of methods in building sociological knowledge. [basic methodological approaches and describe the general role of methods in building sociological knowledge.] Finally, sociology students will manage to synthesize information by pulling together disparate pieces of the sociology major as well as from other related disciplines. [wide sociological knowledge, knowledge in particular fields of sociology, and knowledge from other related disciplines of the social sciences.]

Career objectives:

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and social causes and consequences of human behavior. The major in sociology is intended to serve as preparation for careers in teaching, delivery and administration of social and health services, urban, rural and environmental studies, law, government service at local and national level and related occupations. A major in Sociology gives students numerous career options, plus a skill set that can enable them to move between careers and to take on the professional challenges of the 21st century. A bachelors degree in sociology also provides training for advanced graduate work. Sociology majors learn skills, such as developing evidence-based arguments, writing clear reports, interpreting data, and identifying ethical issues. Sociology also teaches students a variety of interpersonal skills, such as working in groups, using leadership skills, and working with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. [Graduates of the Sociology Department can be employed as teachers in secondary education, in local administration authorities, in the wider public sector, and in the private sector. A major asset of the graduates of the Sociology Department when seeking a position in the labor market lies in their capacities as scientists with the appropriate skills to approach contemporary social issues and to formulate and implement research projects that scientifically document and propose ways for dealing with social problems. Sociology graduates are equipped with specialized knowledge that allows them to study changes in social structure in a comparative dimension and to interpret the perceptions and practices adopted by various social groups and social categories of citizens. Towards this end, the curriculum of the Sociology Department places great emphasis on subjects relating to the mastering of current qualitative and quantitative methods of sociological research. In sum, graduates of the Sociology Department are able to seek employment related to the scientific organization and operation of various social institutions and services.]

 

Student Coursework Evaluation

[Under current law,] Final exams are held twice a year, after the end of each semester. The Dean of the School of Social Sciences designates the examination dates and periods. An additional examination period is set up at the beginning of each academic year, in September. Students are eligible to be examined on all courses offered during the last two semesters of the previous academic year.

Remarking: is optional and up to 6 courses

 

Grading system and requirements for students’ graduation

The grading system is categorized as follows:

EXCELLENT: from 8,50 to 10

VERY GOOD: from 6,50 to 8,49

GOOD: from 5 to 6,49

Minimum passing grade is 5.

Grade less than 5 indicates failure.

 

Degrees

Bachelors of Sociology (BSs)

 

Professional certificate

Applicable to the presidential decree 159/2009 (Government Gazette 199 / A / 1-10-2009) "Professional qualification of the graduates of the Departments of Sociology" and supplementary to the Government Gazette [L.3918 / 2011 (FEK 31 / Α / 2-3- 2011) Health system and other provisions ".

 

Access to further studies

Graduates of the Sociology Department are qualified to pursue/continue with postgraduate studies in the social sciences, either in a specific professional domain, or in an academically-oriented direction/field.

 

Indicative Curriculum

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY  

WINTER SEMESTER COURSES 2017-18

 

 

Required Courses A’ Semester (ΥΠΟ):

ΕΙΣΚ100

 

Introduction to Sociology I

(Includes Lab)

Tzanakis E. /

Lab

8 ECTS

ΘΕΩΚ106

 

 

Social Theory I (Classical Theory)

(Includes Lab)

Lavranu A./

Mouzakitis A. /

Lab

8 ECTS

ΙΣΤΚ120

 

Social History

(Includes Lab)

Fournaraki E. /

Lab

8 ECTS

Foreign Languages:

ΑΓΓΚ010

 

English Level A’

Chavredaki E.

5 ECTS

 

ΓΕΡΚ010

 

German Level A

E.Pappa

5 ECTS

 

Required Courses C’ Semester  (ΥΠΟ):

ΘΕΩΚ108

 

 

Social Theory III (Modern theory) (Includes Lab)

Romanos V./

Mouzakitis A. /

Lab

8 ECTS

 

ΠΟΚΚ149

 

Sociology of Culture

(Includes a tutorial)

Aheimastos M./

Gounis K. Lab

8 ECTS

 

ΣΤΑΚ130

 

Social Statistics

(Includes a Lab)

Kalogeraki St./

Papadaki M. Lab

8 ECTS

 

Foreign Languages:

 

 

ΑΓΓΚ030

 

English Level C’

Chavredaki I.

5 ECTS

 

ΓΕΡΚ030

 

German Level C’

E.Pappa

5 ECTS

 

 

Required Core Courses  (ΥΕΚ):

ΑΝΘΚ220

Α+Β+Δ

Introduction to Social Anthropology

Gounis K.

5 ECTS

 

ΒΙΟΚ275

Β+Δ

Industrial Sociology - Sociology of Work I

Karakioulafi Christina

5 ECTS

 

ΕΓΚΚ239

Α+Δ

Introduction to Criminology

Petousi Vasiliki

5 ECTS

 

ΚΟΙΚ232

Α+Β

Economic Sociology

Koniordos S.

5 ECTS

 

ΠΟΛΚ222 ΝΕΟ

A+Γ

Dominant Ideologies in the 20th Century

Alexakis Emmanouil

5 ECTS

 

 

Required Elective Courses (ΥΕΠ):

ΑΓΡΚ291

 

European Policies in the Agricultural Sector

Petropoulou Evgenia

5 ECTS

 

ΕΚΠΚ249

ΝΕΟ

 

Education and Alterity

Konstantinidou Christina

5 ECTS

ΕΠΙΚ252

 

Public Discourse, Social Representations and Public Opinion

Skoulariki Athina

5 ECTS

ΠΛΗΚ253

 

Sociology of the Information Society and Internet Sociology

Samatas M.

5 ECTS

ΠΟΛΚ265

 

Social Policy and Welfare State

Zambarloukou Stella

5 ECTS

ΠΟΛΚ266

 

Sociology of Privacy and Surveillance

Samatas M.

5 ECTS

ΣΚΕΚ201

ΝΕΟ

 

Production Restructuring and Labor Relations

Karakioulafi Christina,

Aranitou B.

5 ECTS

 

Required Elective Seminars (ΥΕΣ):

ΑΝΑΚ375

Β

Special Topics in the Third World and Development

Petropoulou Evgenia

7 ECTS

ΕΡΓΚ371

Β+Δ

Labor and Discrimination: Gender-Based and Other Forms of Discrimination

Karakioulafi Christina

7 ECTS

ΘΕΩΚ311

Α

Special Topics in Modern Social Theory I

Romanos Vasilis

7 ECTS

ΚΜΜΚ390

Β+Γ+Δ

Special Topics in the Sociology of Gender and the Media

Konstantinidou Christina

7 ECTS

ΜΕΘΚ391

Α+Δ

Theory and Analysis of Discourse

Skoulariki Athina

7 ECTS

ΠΟΛΚ324

Γ

Political Parties and Social Action in Post-War Greece

Alexakis E.

7 ECTS

ΠΟΛΚ343

Α+Δ

Special Topics in Culture and Ideology

Acheimastos Myron

7 ECTS

ΠΡΟΚ372

Β+Γ

Special Topics in Social Policy and the Welfare State

Zamparloukou Stella

7 ECTS

ΡΑΤΚ387

Β+Δ

Racism: Psychosocial approaches

Arapoglou Vasilis

7 ECTS

 

 

 

 

 

ΠΤΥΚ 400

 

Senior Thesis (optional)

 

17 ECTS

ΠΡΑΚ 500

 

Internship

 

5 ECTS

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

 

SPRING SEMESTER COURSES 2017-18

 

Required Courses B’ Semester (ΥΠΟ):   

ΘΕΩΚ107

 

Social Theory ΙΙ – (Classical Theory)

(Includes a Lab)

Lavranou A. / Koumpourlis I. Lab

8 ECTS

ΜΕΘΚ132

 

 

Methods and Techniques of Sociological Research IΙ: Quantitative Methods

(Includes Lab)

Kalogeraki St./

Papadaki M. Lab

8 ECTS

ΠΟΛΚ140

 

Introduction to Political Sociology

(Includes Lab)

Samatas M./

Lab

8 ECTS

 

 Foreign Languages:

ΑΓΓΚ020

 

English Level B΄

Chavredaki I.

5 ECTS

ΓΕΡΚ020

 

German Level B’

E.Pappa

5 ECTS

 

Required Courses C’ Semester (ΥΠΟ):

 

 

ΑΝΑΚ145

 

 

Theories of Social Change and Development (Includes Lab)

Zamparloulkou S./

Lab

8 ECTS

ΜΕΘΚ131

 

Methods and Techniques of Sociological Research I: Qualitative Methods (Includes Lab)

Skoulariki A./

Lab

8 ECTS

 

 

Foreign Languages:   

 

ΑΓΓΚ040

 

English Level D΄

Chavredaki I.

5 ECTS

 

ΓΕΡΚ040

 

German Level D’

E.Pappa

5 ECTS

 

 

Required Core Courses  (ΥΕΚ):

 

ΑΣΤΚ273

Β+Δ

Urban Sociology

Arapoglou V.

5 ECTS

ΕΛΕΚ215

Β+Δ

Sociology of Leisure

Zaimakis Ioannis

5 ECTS

ΕΠΙΚ251

Β+Δ

Sociology of Communication

Konstantinidou Christina

5 ECTS

ΘΡΗΚ285

Α+Δ

Sociology of Religion

Acheimastos Myron

5 ECTS

ΙΔΕΚ247

Α+Δ

Ideology and Culture

Acheimastos Myron

5 ECTS

ΙΣΤΚ218

Β+Γ+Δ

Social History of Modern Greece

Fournaraki Eleni

5 ECTS

ΥΓΑΚ208

Β+Δ

Sociology of Health and Illness

Tzanakis Emmanouil

5 ECTS

 

Required Elective Courses (ΥΕΠ):

ΑΝΑΚ276

 

Contemporary Greek Society-Facets

Koniordos Sokratis

5 ECTS

ΑΝΘΚ235

 

Anthropology and Art

Gkounis Konstantinos

5 ECTS

ΘΕΩΚ222

 

Special Issues in Social Theory

Lavranou Aliki

5 ECTS

ΚΕΣΚ257

 

Sociology of Labor Relations

Karakioulafi Christina

5 ECTS

ΚΟΜΚ245

 

Sociological of Political Parties

Alexakis Emmanouil

5 ECTS

ΣΚΕΚ202

 

Propaganda

Skoulariki Athina

G. Karagiannis

5 ECTS

ΣΚΕΚ203

 

Otherness in cinema. Psychological  and Social approaches

Tzanakis Emmanouil, Triliva Sofia

5 ECTS

 

Required Elective Seminars (ΥΕΣ):

 

ΑΓΡΚ394

ΝΕΟ

Β+Δ

 

Special Issues in Rural Sociology: Agriculture, Food and the Environment- Development under the framework of Economy and Culture.

Petropoulou Evgenia

7 ECTS

ΑΝΘΚ342

ΝΕΟ

 

Anthropology, Colonialism, Racism

Gkounis Konstantinos

7 ECTS

ΚΑΠΚ307

Γ

Social Exclusion -Social Inclusion Policies in Urban Spaces

Arapoglou Vasileios

7 ECTS

ΕΚΠΚ348

ΝΕΟ

 

Special Topics in the Sociology of Education and Alterity

Konstantinidou Christina

7 ECTS

ΕΡΓΚ376

Β+Γ+Δ

Special issues in sociology of indrustrial relations and trade-unionism

Karakioulafi Christina

7 ECTS

ΘΕΩΚ311

ΝΕΟ

 

Special Topics in Modern Social Theory I

Lavranou Aliki

5 ECTS

ΘΕΩΚ317

Α

The Weberian Thesis on the Protestant Ethic and the Contemporary Debate

Koniordos Sokratis

7 ECTS

ΘΕΩΚ324

Α+Β+Δ

Systems Theories

Mouzakitis Angelos

7 ECTS

ΜΕΘΚ394

Α

Seminar in Quantitative Methods

Mouzakitis Angelos

7 ECTS

ΠΟΛΚ341

Γ

Special Topics in Political Sociology

Alexakis Emmanouil

7 ECTS

ΥΓΑΚ309

Δ

Sociology of Mental Health

Tzanakis Emmanouil

7 ECTS

 

 

 

 

 

ΠΤΥΚ401

 

Senior Thesis (optional)

 

17 ECTS

ΠΡΑΚ500

 

Internship

 

5 ECTS

 

NOTE1: Required Core Courses (YEK) can also be declared as Required Elective Courses (YEΠ). Seminars and the Internship Course can be declared from the 3rd year of undergraduate studies and onwards. The Senior Thesis can be declared from the 4th year of undergraduate studies and onwards.  

NOTE2: For students admitted from academic year 2002-2003 up to, and including, 2013-2014, the total number of courses required for the completion of their studies was 46, for a total of 240 ECTS. Distributed as follows: eleven (11) Mandatory Courses (ΥΠΟ), four (4) terms of English for Sociology (or another language), three (3) Required Core Courses (YEK, of Directions 2, 3, 4), Sixteen (16) Required Elective Courses (ΥΕΠ), Six (6) Required Elective Seminars, up to Six (6) Inter-Departmental Elective courses (ΕΛΕ).

Information of the Courses of the Department http://sociology.soc.uoc.gr/sociology_en/?page_id=62 and for the Guidelines of the Department of Sociology http://sociology.soc.uoc.gr/sociology_en/?page_id=8.

 

Student mobility

Erasmus +: The Sociology Department participates in the Erasmus+ program, relating to the exchange of teaching staff and students for education and training. The Department recognizes courses that were successfully completed at other European universities in the framework of this program.

Sociology Department Information http://sociology.soc.uoc.gr/?page_id=5555

Information and Advice http://www.uoc.gr/intrel/index.php/en/inform-adv

Course Guideshttp://www.admin.uoc.gr/intrel/index.php/en/inform-adv/course-guides

 

Internships

The department offers internships as a way of providing students an opportunity to gain supervised work experience in the community. The internship course is an elective that allows students to get structured work experience at community-based organizations. Sociology students can find more information on internships [optionally do their internship] through the Internship Programme of the University of Crete.

Sociology Department Information http://sociology.soc.uoc.gr/?page_id=90

General Information http://www.dasta.uoc.gr/pa/.  

 

 

Financing and other opportunities for Undergraduate students

It is possible to grant scholarships from IKY and other institutions.