Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

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, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Dance, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Information Technology, International Business and European Affairs, International Tourism and Hospitality Management, Languages, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, 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 2018 included:

Session I 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The development of the modern world from 1648 to the present. Emphasis on the interaction of political, social and intellectual 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 nongovernmental organizations in international business. Foreign exchange and its role in international business.

Mathematics/MA 1009 (3) | Mathematics for Business, Economics and Sciences

Basic Algebraic Operations. Equations and Inequalities. Functions and Graphs. Polynomial Functions. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Sequences and Series.

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.

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 3008 (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 4223 (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 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.

Session II Courses

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.

Communication/CN 2227 (3) | Introduction to Film and Television Studies

Introduction to the study of film and television as areas of research within the world of media and communication. An examination of their histories, interaction, and modes of creation and production.

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.

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

The development of the modern world from 1648 to the present. Emphasis on the interaction of political, social and intellectual institutions.

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 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

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 nongovernmental organizations in international business. Foreign exchange and its role in international business.

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 4123 (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 1009 (3) | Mathematics for Business, Economics and Sciences

Basic Algebraic Operations. Equations and Inequalities. Functions and Graphs. Polynomial Functions. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Sequences and Series.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Sports Management/SM 2001 (3) | Introduction to Sports Management

Introduction to sports management; definition and history of sport, the social and cultural dimension of sport, the sport industry including sport media and sports events, the main functions of sports management and legal and ethical issues in sport; professional, amateur and community sports.

Sports Management/SM 3003 (3) | Olympic Games and Mega Sports Events

Planning, development, and operational aspects of sports mega events. Concepts of personnel issues, event and facility management, marketing, promotion, leadership, budgeting, fundraising, ethics, as well as the sociological, economic, and political significance of bids for, and the hosting of, sports mega events. Olympic Games, their historical development and their evolution to modern Olympics.

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 to Honors students in 2018 included:

Honors Program Courses

HFP 2202 | 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 relationship with his 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.

HHU 2218 | 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 days, 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.

HHU 2216 | 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.

HHU 2208 | 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.

HSS 2220 | 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.