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Courses offered by HO staff

The Hellenic Observatory does not offer a specialist graduate degree on Greece and does not accept applications for study at either the MSc or the MPhil/PhD level.

Nevertheless, it's members of staff are involved in teaching and supervision on a number of courses and topics involving Greece and Southeast Europe, within the graduate degree programmes offered by the European Institute.

Currently, taught courses offered by HO members of staff include:  

  • EU423 Greece and the European Union
    Professor Kevin Featherstone
    Greece and the European Union is a graduate course dedicated to the study of contemporary Greece and it is available as a paper 3 (optional) course for students studying in one of the MSc programmes offered by the European Institute (MSc European Political Economy; MSc Politics and Governance of the EU; MSc European Studies: Ideas and Identities).
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an analytical understanding of the relations that exist between Greece and the rest of the European Union, drawing on historical perspectives as well as on concepts from political science, international relations, and political economy. For further details see EU423.  
  • EU434 Regionalism and Economic Integration in Southeast Europe
    Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis
    This course focuses on the problems and prospects of economic development and regional integration in Southeast Europe by examining the development of economic linkages (trade, investment, migration) and policy processes (aid, cooperation, accession) within the region and between the region and the European Union. It is available as a paper 3 (optional) course for MSc European Political Economy (European Institute), MSc Politics and Government in the European Union (European Institute) and MSc Local Economic Development (Geography and Environment). For further details see EU434.  
  • EU440 Greece and Southeast Europe: Government, Economy and Foreign Policy
    Dr Spyros Economides
    An optional (paper 3) half-unit graduate course, Greece and South East Europe: Government, Economy and Foreign Policy has been available since the academic year 1999-2000. It is taught during the Lent Term through weekly lectures and seminars. 
    The course offers a thorough overview of the political and economic problems facing post-1989 Southeast Europe in their international context. Particular attention is attached to developments and the difficulties experienced in gradually integrating the countries of the region in the new European system, as well as their relations with the EU and other European organisations.
    The overarching themes determining the transition to market economies and democratic systems in South East European states are dealt with on a regional basis to differentiate this course from others offered on Central and Eastern Europe. Greece is singled out because of its membership of both the EU and the regional sub-system of South East Europe. For further details see EU440.  


Members of the Hellenic Observatory also provide supervision for MPhil/PhD candidates within the disciplines of Political Science / International Relations / Political Economy / Economic Geography / Social and Public Policy working on a wide range of topics involving Greece, Cyprus and Southeast Europe, as well as wider European integration issues, within the graduate degree programmes offered by the European Institute, and the Departments of International Relations, Government and Geography.