GREECE: HIST 3357 6.0

Greece: A Modern History

***Program details will be confirmed soon***

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies [LA&PS] and the Department of History will be offering HIST 3357 6.0 (Greece: A Modern History) under the YorkU/LA&PS Summer Abroad program in Summer 2019.

Course Dates:

  • TBC

Program Fee: TBC

(please refer to previous web page regarding the cost breakdown of YorkU Summer Abroad Courses)

  • Welcome orientation by CYA staff
  • Accommodation at CYA
    • furnished apartment style accommodation in the Pangrati neighbourhood (central Athens)
    • students will be housed in groups of 3 to 6 depending on size of apartment with a maximum of 2 students per room
  • Monthly transportation passes within Athens (tram, trolley, metro and bus)
  • Five-day trip (4 nights) to Syros Island
    • Summer school teaching "Social & Economic History of the Mediterranean; from Local to Global"
    • Bed & Breakfast accommodation in a double or triple room
    • Breakfast and Ferry Transportation included
    • Dinner at Syros restaurant
  • All site visits*
    • The Hellenic Parliament, Athens
    • The Numismatic Museum, Athens
    • The National Historic Museum, Athens
    • The Museum of the City of Athens
    • The Jewish Museum of Athens
    • The Centre for Asia Minor Studies, Athens
    • Gazi Museum, Athens
    • Bank of Piraeus Historical Archives, Athens
    • The Museum Markos Vamvakaris, Syros
    • Industrial Museum, Syros
    • Benaki Museum, Athens
    • Maritime Museum, Athens

*Students will receive a museum monthly pass, which provides access to all public museums in the country, including those we will not be visiting as part of the course (such as Athens Archaeological Museum, Museum of Acropolis, Byzantine Museum, and many others)

**What distinguishes the HIST 3357 course offering from the traditional HIST 3355 courses is a very pronounced emphasis on experiential learning.

English will be the language of instruction for the course.

Course Director: Professor Sakis Gekas,

Please note that the deadline to apply has passed.

HIST 3357 Course Description

AP/HIST 3357 6.0 "Greece: A Modern History"

This course focuses on the history of Modern Greece (1800 onwards) in relation to some of the major developments in European and World history during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century.  Combining in-class (at York) and on-site teaching (in Athens), the course provides in-depth understanding of major developments in social, cultural, economic and political history of Greece since 1800.  The journey into Modern Greek History begins in the seventeenth century, exploring how regional economies and societies formed under Ottoman and Venetian forms of rule; other themes of the course include: the war of independence in 1821, economic and social change in the nineteenth century; urbanization and state formation; migration, war and occupation in the 1940s; emigration and the Greek Diaspora; the 1967-1974 dictatorship and the post-1980s history of European integration until the recent and ongoing crisis.  Teaching involves experiential learning by visiting museums in Athens that will provide a unique insight to modern and contemporary history and present-day Greece, as well as historical archives and research centres to understand how historians do research. In the last week of the course we will visit the island of Syros and stay in Ermoupoli for a summer school in Greek and Mediterranean history, organized by the National Research Institute. Professors Chatziioannou and Agriantoni will offer seminars and historical walks on the history of the island and Ermoupoli and its transformation from a commercial and shipping hub to an industrial regional centre and in our time to a city of culture.

The course will introduce students to the historiography of Modern Greek History and evaluation will be based on: participation (20%), one essay (20%) by the end of the second week, before our departure for Athens and three reflection papers, based on the museum visits (20% each). The visits to museums, historical archives, research centers and the historical walks offer experiential education in the teaching of (Greek) History and advance the international experience of students who take the course.

Prerequisites: None (preferred third-year level students)


Sign up for the Information Session held on Monday February 25th, in Room 802 South Ross Building at 2pm - 3pm.