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Spring semester

Undergraduate Erasmus programme2020-2021(All courses are taught exclusively in English)

Spring semester

Teaching staffCodeCourse titleECTSNotes
M. Tzoannopoulou (Asst. Prof)IP0300Writing for the Broadcast Media6 
D. Livanios (Asst. Prof.)IP0800Introduction to Modern Balkan History 1804-19506Independent Study*
V. Banou (Instructor)IP1800TV production II6 
D. Kazana (Instructor)IP4500The Language of Propaganda in the Media6 
F. Galatsopoulou (Instructor)
Cl. Kenterelidou (Instructor)
IP2000Travel Journalism and Communication6Experiential**
G. Kalliris (Professor)
M. Matsiola (Instructor)
IP0700Electronic Mass Media Technology***6 
I. Kostarella (Asst. Professor) C. Kenterelidou (Instructor)IP5000Communication for Development and Social Change6 

*Independent study courses are offered in the form of an end-of-term assignment or project, supervised by the professor in charge.

**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.

***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because this is a TV and radio laboratory course with a limited number of places, it is offered only for undergraduate students in journalism & mass media. Students interested in taking this course need to contact Prof. G. Kalliris or Dr M. Matsiola as soon as their Learning Agreement is validated in the spring semester.

Course Descriptions

Writing for the Broadcast Media
(Dr. Marina Tzoannopoulou, Asst. Prof.)

This advanced English course focuses on news story script writing for television and radio news programmes. By combining theory and practice students are introduced to news values/criteria, story structure, characteristics of broadcast news, and to journalistic guidelines, conventions and techniques related to copy writing style. The course also focuses on the development of interviewing techniques for interview and discussion shows.

This course employs seminar lectures, discussions, and practical in-and out-of-class short assignments.

Introduction to Modern Greek and Balkan History, 1804-1950
(Dr. DimitriosLivanios, Asst. Prof.)

The Balkan region has been traditionally perceived as an area of “ancient hatreds” and indiscriminate violence. This class will offer a broad introduction to the history of Greece and the Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries, and will attempt to deconstruct some misleading views and stereotypes of the area that resist to die a natural death. Within this framework, the class will examine the Ottoman rule in the Balkans, the emergence of the nation-states of Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Albania, the role of the Great Powers in the region (mainly Russia and Britain) and the role of nationalism as an agent of violence and dislocation. The class will be based on discussion and debate and will seek to use the Balkans as a case study for the analysis of wider issues, such as the centrality of nationalism in modern history, the role of Christianity and Islam in the construction of collective identities, and the “ideological use of history” for the promotion of political and nationalistic projects.

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 Genresand Types of Travel Articles
  • Foreign Language Travel Publications in Greece
  • Modesof Public Communication of Travel and EffectiveCommunication Strategies and
  • The roleof 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

The language of Propaganda in the Media
(Dr. DespoinaKazana, 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.

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