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Fall semester

Undergraduate Erasmus programme 2020-21 (All courses are taught exclusively in English)

Fall semester

Teaching staffCodeCourse titleECTSNotes
F. Galatsopoulou (Instructor)
Cl. Kenterelidou (Instructor)
IP2000Travel Journalism and Communication6Experiential
N. Panagiotou (Asst. Prof.)
E. Nikezis (MA, PhD candidate)
IP3500News Sources and International News Organizations6 
D. Kazana PhD (Instructor)IP4500The Language of Propaganda in the Media6 
M. Tzoannopoulou (Asst. Professor)IP2100Writing for the Print Media6 
I. Kostarella (Asst. Professor) C. Kenterelidou PhD (Instructor)IP5000Communication for Development and Social Change6 

Experiential courses are offered as simulations rather than lectures in the classroom. Students learn through active participation, by doing and from experience, and they explore knowing as a practical and continuous activity.

Course Descriptions

Writing Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs
(Ms Maria Tsiousia, MA, PhD candidate, Dr. Zoi Ververopoulou, Asst. Prof.)

Personal columns are an integral part of opinion writing in newspapers, magazines and on the blogosphere. They are also one of the most appealing features to write and one of the most alluring pieces to read.

The course examines: the presence and the importance of personal columns in modern age / the profile of a columnist / the different types of columns / the utility and the objectives of a column / the task of selecting a topic and sources of material / the structure / the style / the process of writing different types of columns / the importance of language and how to use narrative qualities and techniques that can be derived from literary style of writing.

The purpose of this course is to help participants strengthen their ability of personal writing, both for the press and on blogs

Travel Journalism and Communication
(Dr. Fani Galatsopoulou, Dr. Clio Kenterelidou, Instructors)

The course explores Travel as a constituent of the journalistic and communication process of public information, knowledge and engagement and as a civic awareness and social development issue. It focuses on the broadcast and print travel journalism and examines:

  • Travel Writing Genres and Types of Travel Articles
  • Foreign Language Travel Publications in Greece
  • Modes of Public Communication of Travel and Effective Communication Strategies and
  • The role of Travel Journalist and Communicator with the new communication tools (Social Media)

This course is ideal for students who would like to acquire knowledge of journalism and communication applied to travel.

Going beyond the standard travel and journalistic writing class, the course combines a robust curriculum with experiential exercises, the praxis of applied workshops, and field visits – work – experiences. During the course, participants will be given the opportunity to explore and research Greece’s and Thessaloniki’s culture, history, everyday life and will be asked to communicate their pragmatic knowledge and empirical involvement and engagement by writing travelogues, taking photos, recording real experiences and file their own true stories and testimonials from Thessaloniki.

Course website

News Sources and International News Organizations
(Dr. Nikos Panagiotou, Asst. Prof., Mr Elias Nikezis, MA, PhD candidate)

The course aims to provide a general introduction to the historical development and contemporary features of news sources and international news organizations. In this context we examine, the global system of collecting, processing and distribution of news media (at local, national and global level), the concept of a changing communications environment and issues such as the management and access to information, the flow of information as well as information overload. The purpose of this course is to help students understand the nature of news in the age of new media and globalization and to highlight key issues that have to do with the promotion, management and distribution of news globally and locally.

The topics examined: political and cultural importance of news sources, role, organization and functioning of international news organizations, structures of national and international communication systems, processes and characteristics of information and cultural content of the media.

The language of Propaganda in the Media
(Dr. Despoina Kazana, Instructor)

This course analyses the specific language used for purposes of propaganda throughout the twentieth century, focusing on the use of modern mass communication and technology. The class will be structured around a number of theoretical issues related to propaganda, which help shed light on its emergence. Particular attention will be given to understanding the language of propaganda relying on linguistic discourse analysis; this will involve the detailed study of syntax, focusing on specific grammatical structures, the lexicon and its hidden meanings and the tonal style adopted. Finally, the language of propaganda will be analysed in relation to argumentation and persuasion. Key themes covered throughout the course include:

  • The main concept of propaganda and its theoretical background;
  • Discourse analysis of propaganda focusing on the linguistic perspective, identifying the characteristic language used in propaganda;
  • Propaganda and its relation to argumentation and persuasion;
  • Discussion and analysis of specific case studies.

During lectures, students will be exposed to relevant primary source material.

Writing for the Print Media
(Dr. Marina Tzoannopoulou, Asst. Professor)

This advanced English course focuses on news (both hard and soft) and feature story writing for the print media. By combining theory and practice it introduces students to headline language, story format, leads, the Associated Press stylebook and news writing techniques. The students also have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills and to write personality features for the print media. The course employs seminar lectures, discussions, and practical in-and out-of-class short assignments.

Communication for Development and Social Change
(Dr I. Kostarella, Asst. Professor, Dr Clio Kenterelidou, Instructor)

Communication for Social Change is defined as “a process of public and private dialogue through which people define who they are, what they want, what they need and how they can act collectively to meet those needs and improve their lives. It supports processes of community-based decision making and collective action to make communities more effective and it builds more empowering communication environments” (Communication for Social Change Consortium CFSC).

This course aims to enhance skills and deepen knowledge around the use of media and communication in pursuing goals of social innovation and sustainable development grassroots and also explore social action as an agenda setting factor.
Some of the issues that will be explored are:

  • social inequality
  • human rights
  • gender issues
  • environmental change