Disclaimer: Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and travel restrictions, this course could be cancelled at any time leading up to the departure date. If this occurs, students will be refunded the full program fee minus the non-refundable deposit that was paid to York International. Students are strongly advised to purchase flight cancellation protection and travel insurance in case of trip cancellation.
This course focuses on the history of Modern Greece (1800 to the present) and starts with two weeks intensive reading and discussion of key historical events before moving to Athens for a month. In Greece, the course combines in-class sessions with mostly on-site teaching to provide in-depth understanding of major developments in social, cultural, economic and political history of Greece since 1800.
The course starts by exploring the history of Ottoman and Venetian areas that formed the Greek State and includes themes such as: the Revolution of 1821, economic and social change in the nineteenth century; Greece in the Balkans; WWI and the interwar period; war and occupation in the 1940s; emigration and the Greek Diaspora; the 1967-1974 dictatorship and the post-1980s period of European integration, to the present and recent crises and challenges.
Teaching is based primarily on experiential learning through visits to museums that provide a unique insight to modern and contemporary history and present-day Greece, as well as visits to historical archives and research centres to understand how historians do research. In the second week of the course, students may have the opportunity to visit the island of Syros for a three-day summer school in Greek and Mediterranean history offered in association with the National Research Institute, as well as a two-day trip to the island of Hydra.
Location: Athens, Greece
Course Director: Prof. Sakis Gekas, Associate Professor, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, Department of History (email@example.com)
Course Dates: May 9 to 19, 2022 in Toronto and May 30 to June 26, 2022 in Athens.
Pre-requisites: None. This course is open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing, but preference is given to History majors.
Applications: Applications for this course have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!
Hear from past students!
"This study abroad course offers students an interactive learning experience by exploring museums, archives, and historical places. Everyone will have a chance to explore new types of Greek food in Athens and in different islands such as Hydra, Syros and others!! One month can seem like a long time for inexperienced travellers, but Prof. Gekas helps navigate students along the journey."
— Sarah Ghrawi
"This course made me fall in love with all that Greece has to offer. From exploring Athens, to visiting several islands in the Aegean, and immersing myself in the deliciousness of Greek cuisine, I have fond lifelong memories. This trip was a defining experience of my time in post-secondary. I hope to visit Greece again!"
— Andrew Rossit