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Study Abroad in Athens: Courses

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AIFS students may take either one or two 3-credit courses per session from a wide range of academic disciplines. There are also some 4-credit courses which include a lab component.

Students may choose from a wide range of subject areas: accounting and finance, anthropology, communication, dance, economics, environmental studies, history, international business and European affairs, international relations, languages, law management, marketing, mathematics, music, oceanography, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, sports management, studio art and theater art.

Please note that courses may change at the discretion of the American College of Greece and may also vary from session to session. Courses offered in summer 2019 included:

Session 1 Courses

Accounting and Finance/AF 3116 (3) | Management Accounting

Theoretical underpinnings of the role of accounting information in cost accumulation, profitability analysis, planning and decision making in business organizations.

Anthropology/AN 1000 (3) | Introduction to Anthropology

Survey course in American anthropology. Biological and social-cultural backgrounds to the science of humanity. Methods of anthropological research.

Archaeology/AH 2027 (3) | Aspects of Greek Art in Athens

An exploration of Greek art utilizing the collections available in museums, galleries and on sites in Athens and/or thematic focus. Instruction will combine classroom lectures, discussions and on-site visits. Students should budget approximately $100 for entrance fees.

Communications/CN 3410 (3) | Communication in Advertising

Introduction of advertising media and campaign development through various methods and channels, including traditional and non-traditional communication. Exploration of creative execution and synergy in media campaign creation.

Dance/DA 2018 (3) | Body Awareness and Movement

Practical anatomy and physiology of the moving body. Health and safety of the moving body, awareness of an individual’s body schema, movement range and kinaesthetic sense as a foundation to understand the expressive potential of kinetic form. Ethics of working physically with others.

Economics/EC 1000 (3) | Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to economics and the economy. The market system and the market model. Consumer theory, costs, production and the theory of the firm. Pricing and output determination in various market structures.

Environmental Studies/ES 1000 (4) | Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Principles of environmental science with emphasis on sustainability, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity, the human impact on ecosystems, soil and food production, water resources, conservation and protection of natural resources.

Finance/FN 3032 (3) | Foundations of Investments

Overview of investment theory from the investors and investment managers’ points of view. Basic analysis and valuation of stocks, bonds, options and futures. Tools and techniques to measure performance, manage risk, and construct efficient portfolios.

Greek Language/GR 1000 (3) | Modern Greek I

Fundamentals of grammar and structure. Development of language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis on audio-lingual competence.

Greek Language/GR 1101 (3) | Modern Greek II

Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the Modern Greek language at the A1+ Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students acquire the ability to understand main points of simple narrative or informational texts on familiar topics and communicate in a large variety of formal/informal everyday interactions in a Greek-speaking environment.

History/HY 1001 (3) | Survey of Western Civilization II

The development of European, Asian, and African cultures from their historical origins to 1648. Emphasis on the essential elements in the growth of social institutions.

History/HY 3060 (3) | Greece: The Birth of a Modern Nation

Historical, political and cultural developments in Greece from the Revolution to the age of Venizelos. The birth and building of the modern Greek state. 

International Business/IB 2006 (3) | International Business

Essentials of international business and the international business environment, including its socio-cultural, political, legal, economic and ethical dimensions. International trade theories, foreign investment and insight into the roles of multinational enterprises, governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations in international business. Foreign exchange and its role in international business.

International Relations/IR 2010 (3) | Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to the international system and its evolution from the nation-state toward global governance. Major theories and conceptual frameworks, including integration theory. The nation-state, international organizations, conflict and cooperation.

Management/MG 4128 (3) | Corporate Social Responsibility

Total systems approach to integrating the issues of the workplace, human rights, the community, the environment and the marketplace into core business strategies. Examination of economic, environmental and social issues necessary for long-term and sustainable business success.

Marketing/MK 4157 (3) | International Marketing

Application of marketing principles to world markets in a variety of cultural, legal and economic environments. Practices of international trade.

Mathematics/MA 1000 (3) | Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

Designed to give liberal arts students the skills required to understand and interpret quantitative information that they encounter in the news and in their studies, and to make quantitatively-based decisions in their lives. Topics include quantitative information in everyday life, financial management, probability, and statistics.

Music/MU 1003 (3) | History of Jazz and Blues Music

History of the jazz and blues music idioms in 20th-century American music. Examine works and learn about the contributions of selected artists to the development of jazz music. 

Philosophy/PH 3010 (3) | Ethics

Introduction to the basic problems and theories of moral philosophy. The use of reasoning in moral assessment of actions and persons. Emphasis on the connection between theory and practice by application of theories to issues that matter.

Psychology/PS 3608 (3) | Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence

Integrated presentation of theory and research, focusing on normal, physical, cognitive, social and personality development from the age of six through adolescence.

Psychology/PS 4723 (3) | Stress and Coping

Integrative approach to the scientific study of the causes, symptoms and consequences of stress. Theoretical and practical concepts to the study of stress are examined, with an outlook to stress management techniques. Success and failing of coping mechanisms are referred to. Adjustments in the areas of interpersonal relationships, school and college life and in the workplace are examined.

Sociology/SO 1000 (3) | Introduction to Sociology

Sociology as a social science. Presentation of theoretical and methodological foundations and discussion of various topics including social structure, culture, socialization, group relations, deviance and various forms of inequality.

Studio Art/AR 4133 (3) | Contemporary Drawing

Drawing as a process of experimentation. Contemporary aesthetic issues and practices explored. Drawing as a strong tool of expression and artistic insight.

Session 2 Courses

Anthropology/AN 1003 (3) | Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to culture and cultural anthropology. Economic systems, kinship, belief systems, political systems, stratification. Comparative and holistic study of contemporary societies and issues.

Archaeology/AH 2027 (3) | Aspects of Greek Art in Athens

See course description in Session 1

Astronomy/AS 1000 (3) | Introduction to Astronomy

This introductory course in astronomy unveils the wonders of the Cosmos such as solar systems and planets, origin and evolution of stars and galaxies, and various cosmological theories. It emphasizes on modern developments of astronomy and its connections to everyday life

Communications/CN 4526 (3) | PR in Non-Profit Organizations

Understanding the unique challenges facing health, cultural, educational, and human service organizations. Issues for non-profits including budgeting, fundraising, and communicating with specialized target audiences. Analysis of the social and political objectives for non-profit clients.

Computer Science/CS 2179 (3) | Business Information Systems

Business information systems concepts, categories and trends. The strategic impact of information systems and technologies on business functions and decision making process. Data resource management. Ethical and security issues. Global information systems concepts

Environmental Studies/ES 1005 (3) | Contemporary Environmental Studies

An introduction to contemporary environmental issues; a study of the relationship between humans and the environment, based on an analysis of case studies and with emphasis on sustainable solutions. Selected environmental topics of relevance to modern societies are discussed.

Greek Language/GR 1000 (3) | Modern Greek I

See course description in Session 1

History/HY 3026 (3) | Middle East - A Crossroad

A survey of the history of the Middle East focusing on the Late Ottoman and Modern times and offering a critical analysis of the ongoing conflicts.

History/HY 3061 (3) | Modern Greece: A Troubled History

Developments in Greece from the Balkan Wars and the National Schism to the present. Particular attention is paid to the role of Greece in the two world wars, the causes and consequences of the Civil War and the Dictatorship of 1967-1974 and the nature of the restored democracy after the fall of the junta.

International Business/IB 2006 (3) | International Business

See course description in Session 1.

Management/MG 2003 (3) | Management Principles

Nature, functions and responsibilities in the management of organizations. History of management thought, theories, concepts and practices. The managerial functions of planning and decision making, organizing, leading and controlling.

Management/MG 4023 (3) | Business Negotiation

The negotiation process, negotiation and management, and the concepts of power and influence at work and in other settings. Negotiation and the development of international business agreements, corporate diplomacy, and the dynamics of bargaining in national and international contexts. Macro, micro and crisis decisions. Emphasis is on developing knowledge of negotiating approaches and practical skills in applying that knowledge to a variety of situations.

Mathematics/MA 2021 (3) | Applied Statistics

Organizing and summarizing data. Probability distributions: binomial, Poisson, normal, t-distribution, chi-square. Sampling and sampling distribution of the mean. The central limit theorem. Parametric tests for one mean and for the difference between two means. Test for independence of two qualitative/categorical variables. Simple and multiple correlation and regression.

Marketing/MK 2030 (3) | Fundamentals of Marketing

This course provides an understanding of basic marketing concepts, as they are used in different profit and not-for-profit organizations. Marketing mix, segmentation, targeting, positioning, principles of consumer behavior, marketing research.

Marketing/MK 3135 (3) | Marketing Communications

Marketing communications and their role within the overall marketing mix. The communication process, marketing communication mix, target audiences, creative and media strategy, integration of marketing communication activities etc.

Marketing/MK 4104 (3) | Digital and Social Media Marketing

Study of marketing on the Internet; how marketers can take advantage of the opportunities made possible by digital platforms such as websites, search (paid and organic), mobile and social media.

Music/MU 1003 (3) | History of Jazz and Blues Music

See course description in Session 1

Oceanography/OC 1001 (4) | Life in the Oceans

Principles of chemical and biological oceanography with emphasis on chemical and biological processes, the properties and origin of water and salts, major constituents, dissolved gases and nutrients, the carbon dioxide system, coastal processes, the biological productivity of the oceans, ecology, distribution and classification of marine organisms, ocean resources and ocean pollution.

Philosophy/PH 3005 (3) | Business Ethics

Introduction to major theories and basic moral problems in the domain of business. The use of reasoning in moral assessment of business practices. Application of moral theories to specific cases of corporate conduct ranging from the individual to society in general, in the local and the international context. 

Physical Sciences/SC 1000 (4) | Science and Everyday Life

An introduction to natural sciences with emphasis on fundamental scientific principles and their applications in everyday life. The course discusses Newton’s laws of motion, energy and the laws of thermodynamics, the nature of the atom and the chemical bond, nuclear science, the origins of the Universe, properties of stars and planets as well as environmental issues.

Psychology/PS 1001 (3) | Psychology as a Social Science

Overview of the field of psychology as a social science: theoretical perspectives and research methods, life-span development, mental abilities, personality theory and assessment, stress and coping, psychological disorders and treatment, social behavior.

Sociology/SO 1001 (3) | Sociology of Modern Life

Discussion of various social institutions dominating life in any society, such as economy, political organization, family, religion and education. Presentation of social change in its different forms, both locally and globally.

Sociology/SO 2030 (3) | Social Problems

Poverty, racism, drugs, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, mental illness, anti–social behavior, terrorism and collective violence. Why are these problems social? How are they given meaning and what are the implications of such meaning? What are their social causes? Conflicts between sociological perspectives. What are the implications of social problems for social policy?

International Honors Program

Each summer session specialized 3-credit seminars are offered to students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above as part of the International Honors Program at the American College of Greece. Courses offered in previous years include:

Honors Program Courses

Honors | Documentary Photography

The course teaches students to develop a meaningful relationship with lived experience through photography. Documentary photography frames and reproduces events and scenes of life, both public and personal. Emphasis is placed on photography as text (i.e. as a form of narrative that displays its own rules and structural characteristics) through which the individual photographer articulates his/her relationship with his/her environment. For this reason, the course encourages students to use photography as a means through which they are able to explore as well as give shape to the world around them. It introduces students to various types of documentary photography, and teaches them basic rules that govern this journalistic and artistic form. Major emphasis is placed on experiential learning of the subject, and for this reason much of the course is taught on site. Working on specified subjects under the guidance of the instructor, students develop awareness of the language of photography and its narrative power.

Honors | Food In/As Culture: Perspectives on Greek Culinary Traditions

An interdisciplinary treatment of food as a key element of political, social, and cultural dimensions of human experience. Combining theoretical and methodological approaches in archaeology and anthropology, and focusing on the Greek context, the course guides students through an exploration of culinary practices from the prehistoric to the present day placing emphasis on food as a sign of ethnic, gender, religious, local, trans-local and multicultural identities. Food and drinking cultures in Greece are examined as a total social phenomenon, with emphasis on the significance of food practices in the context of Greek social and political life, as well as in the context of cultural expression. Short field trips in the city center and museums unveil the long culinary history of the city of Athens, highlighting multicultural influences in the development of Greece’s distinctive culinary culture.

Honors | Gaming the Past

The course is based on the principle that the ability to think critically about the historical past is an important characteristic of an engaged citizen. Understanding one’s sources and their limitations in both reconstructing and interpreting the past is key to this ability. Through a combination of history, classics and archaeology, the course focuses on Athens of the 5th century B.C., and engages students with literary and archaeological sources to guide them through an exploration of the different possibilities of understanding the past.

Honors | Poverty as a Spectacle from the Odyssey to the Greek Crisis

This course explores the ways in which poverty is not only represented but also constructed in/through various media, ranging from ancient literary texts to social history, political theory, and contemporary film. It seeks to enquire into the preconditions and cultural assumptions that inform representations of poverty, with special emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. The socioeconomic context which produces poverty also produces the discourse through which constructions of poverty are generated and propagated. 

Honors | Strolling Incognito in Athens: The Art of City Walkabouts

In this Honors seminar students will engage in structured walkabouts which will enable them to become active readers as well as writers of the text of the city of Athens. Emphasis upon the cityscape as a palimpsest exposes students to various discourses and urban morphologies (sociological, political, historical, aesthetic, etc.), and invites them to consider the semiotics of everyday social interactions in the city of Athens.