Fall/Winter Timetable

POL385H1F L5101

Issues in Contemporary Greece


Despite a small size and peripheral location, since its establishment in the 19th c., the state of Greece has played a disproportionately large role in European and global affairs. Developments in its nearly 200-year history have highlighted major themes in Comparative and International Politics, including nationalism, ethnic conflict, humanitarian intervention, state formation, civil war, acute ideological struggle and the contest between West and East during the Cold War, democratization, and political and economic European integration. This half-year course comprehensively introduces these topics to explore their theoretical, conceptual and empirical dimensions through the political history of the modern Greek state, and, to provide students with the critical skills to follow, understand and systematically analyze contemporary Greek politics. The class will alternate between highlights of Greek political history, theoretical foundations of major themes in Comparative Politics, and their empirical application to the politics of the Modern Greek state.


Clogg, R. 2014. A Concise History of Greece (3rd Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Format and Requirements

mid-term and final tests, essay, short written assignments, in-class formal debate.


1.0 credit in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses