The study of international affairs and, in particular, of international law, has been an integral part of the University’s research and teaching since its establishment. Although relatively new, the Department of International, European and Area Studies builds on a longstanding and excellent tradition. This tradition is rooted in the pre-war period with the presence of the one of the greatest Greek experts in international law, Stelios Seferiadis.
From very early on, International Law became a core part of the curriculum in the then Panteion School. In 1963-64, a course on International Relations was introduced into the curriculum of the Political Sciences Department by the Professor of International Law, G. Tenekidis, later with the assistance of Dr G. Kranidiotis, who subsequently became Deputy Foreign Minister. Thus, the courses: “Public International Law”, “Diplomatic History”, “Special Issues of International Law” and “International Relations” paved the way for an academic development that led to the current curriculum.
This core of courses developed impressively following the restoration of democracy in 1974, when International Relations was chiefly expanded and established as a field of knowledge. The rapid expansion of the School’s research and teaching base in International Relations during the 1980s, was also related to wider socio-political developments within the country and to pressing policy needs emanating from a rapidly changing international system and the country’s position in it. Undoubtedly, the decade of the 1980’s marked a blossoming of International Relations on a national scale with top notch faculty such as Sp. Kalogeropoulos-Stratis, A.-B. Papakostas, Ch. Rozakis – later Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights – Th. Christodoulides and D. Konstas.
Panteion University quickly achieved prominence in a rapidly expanding academic landscape. The Department of Political Science and International Studies, which had already been founded in 1983, offered a complete and balanced curriculum of courses in International Studies – in both their legal and political dimensions – that were truly pioneering.
1989 was a landmark year. The Instirute of International Relations was established. Since then it has evolved as an indispensable and dynamic forum for both specialized scholarly research and policy oriented discussion and dissemination. Few years later, the Master’s Program in “International and European Studies was established. Expanded and matured has become one of the most popular graduate programs of its kind in Greek academia.
In 1997, the Department of International, European (and later Area) Studies was established as a fully autonomous and modern academic unit.
Today the Department enjoys a vibrant academic culture that is well-established and evolves according to ever changing academic needs. In essence, teaching and research converge around what today is called International and European Governance.
The curriculum has a strong interdisciplinary character that responds to the modern needs of the country’s participation in the European and international process from a legal and political viewpoint, without neglecting the economic aspect of International Relations and, of course, European Integration. It should also be noted that a strong characteristic of the curriculum is the systematic study of both theory and practical experience on a national and international level.
In order to better organize the educational, research and administrative functions of the Department, it is divided into Academic Divisions of related fields of knowledge:
- International Relations
- International and European Institutions
- International Political Economy.
Courses on History, International Politics, Strategic Studies, Theory and Methodology of International Relations, Philosophy, History, and Sociology of International Relations, Gender, Comparative Politics, International Law, International Organizations, Diplomatic Studies, European Integration, Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Economic Development, International Economics, International Trade, etc.
Our graduates are regularly accepted to top international postgraduate programmes and are well equipped to succed to the entrance exams for the Diplomatic Corps as well as the National School of Public Administration and Local Government. Also, a public sector career includes the Public Utilities and other state corporations. Moreover, employment prospects include the media sector as well as the public relations and risk analysis divisions of private companies which operate in a global environment. Our graduates are well prepared to compete for posts in the European Union civil service and the international staff of other international institutions.