Undergraduate programme of study PDF Print

The faculty awards a single degree in which specialisations in Education Policy and Social Policy may be identified.

The undergraduate programme of study expands into two cycles and eight semesters, and the individual courses are grouped together to form three distinct zones. The first two-year cycle comprises core courses, which relate to both social and education policies and are compulsory for all students. The second two-year cycle comprises specialisation courses. Students select their specialisation at the end of the fourth semester

The first zone forms thecore of the study programmeme, and consists of 25 Core Compulsory Courses (Y), covering the following areas:

  • Introductory courses
  • The General Institutional Context
  • Historical Context
  • Frame of Reference for Education Policy
  • Frame of Reference for Social Policy
  • New Technologies and Knowledge Dissemination
  • Research Methodology

The second zone comprises Specialisation Courses (YK) for Social Policy and Education Policy. Each specialisation comprises 18 compulsory courses. These courses are introduced at the 5th semester, when students are required to select one of the two specialisations.

Students are required to successfully pass the Core Compulsore Courses (Υ) and the 18 Specialisation Courses, in their chosen specialisation. In case of failure they cannot be replaced by other courses.

The third zone comprises Free Elective (E) courses.To complete the degree requirements, students have to choose 6 courses in total, as free electives. Students can select as Free Elective courses any course they wish from both the specialisations.

Free Elective courses offer students the possibility to acquire knowledge in subjects of their particular personal interest. In case of failure they may be re-take in a following semester or replacedby a different course.

The following elements are also part of the programme of Study:

The Research Design or Internship programmeme/Practicum, which may be undertakenas of the 5th semester, is compulsory for all undergraduate students. Students may opt for a second practicum as well.

The English Language programmeme. English language courses are organised in four semester courses. Successful completion of the English language course “English for Academic Purposes II” is a prerequisite for awarding the degree.

The Faculty gives students the option to complete a Final Year Research Project/Thesis, which may be undertaken during the 7th and 8th Semesters of undergraduate study. The Final Year Project is optional and is equivalent to 3 semester courses. Alternatively, students may elect to follow three (3) extra Free Elective Courses.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD OF THE 1ST CYCLE DEGREE

To be awarded a “Ptychion” of the Faculty of Social and Education Policy a student must accumulate 240 ECTS credits, which is the requirement for first cycle study programmemes in the European Higher Education Area, as follows:

1. The student must pass:

  • The 25 Core Compulsory Courses of the programmeme of Study, equivalent to a total of 108 ECTS credits.
  • The 18 Specialisation Courses, in his/her chosen specialisation, equivalent to a total of 81 ECTS credits.
  • At least 6 Free Elective Courses, equivalent to a total of 27 ECTS credits.

2. The student must successfully complete

  • At least one Research Project or Internship programmeme/Practicum equivalent5½ ECTS credits. If the student opts for a second Internship programmeme this is equivalent to 4 ½ ECTS credits.
  • A Final Year Research Project/Thesis amounting to 13½ ECTS credits, or alternatively 3 extra Free Elective Courses.

3. The student must be accredited by the Faculty for the working knowledge of the Engish language. In this regard students must complete the English Language programmeme or if exempt from other English language courses, pass the Course English for Academic Purposes II – equivalent to 5 ECTS credits.

GRADING SYSTEM

The grading system in the University of the Peloponnese is based on a numerical scale from 0 to 10. Grades 10 and 9 denote excellent or above average work, with some minor errors, 8 denotes generally sound work, 6-7 denote satisfactory or sufficient work and 5 denotes that students achievement meets the minimum required criteria. Grades below 5 (1-4) denote that the work done has not achieved the minimum required standard and the student has to repeat the course.

A student has the option to repeat a course, in order to achieve a higher grade.  In this instance the course will count only once toward the degree. Only the higher of the two grades will be used to compute grade-average requirements for the degree.

Course gradesare given as integers, without the addition of decimals.  The equivalence of the grading system in the University of the Peloponnese to the ECTS grading scale is given in the following table.

The grade of the “Ptychion” is provided in the form of a decimal number with an accuracy of one tenth and ranges from 5.0 to 10.0. The title of studies records the distinguishing characterisations "Arista", "Lian Kalos", and "Kalos", depending on the grade as follows:

“Arista”: For a grade of 8.5 to 10.0   or    from 85% to 100% 
“Lian Kalos”: For a grade of 6.5 to 8.4    or    from 65% to 84%
“Kalos”: For a grade of 5.0 to 6.4    or    from 50% to 64%

 THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE programmeME

The Faculty of Social and Education Policy places strong emphasis on the acquisition of a high level of competence in the English language in general and in English for Academic Purposes in particular, as

  • Course assignments at the Faculty of Social and Education Policy quite often require explicitly the use of international bibliography – mostly English
  • TheFaculty has a strong European / international orientation: students are encouraged to participate in European Mobility programmemes and in the various international activities and events of the Faculty, while the number of in-coming Erasmus students is constantly rising, posing additional challenges to our students’ English knowledge and skills
  • Students are often interested in pursuing further studies in Greece or abroad, a formal requirement for which is a very good knowledge of English
  • The knowledge, competencies, skills and strategies acquired through the English for Academic Purposes courses are expected to be transferred to and reflected upon the overall academic performance of the students
  • Last but not least, the Faculty seeks to equip graduates with a working knowledge of English, as this will enable them to be better positioned in the labour market.

The English Language programmeme of the Faculty consists of four courses. Taking into account the often inadequate knowledge of English that many new students have, the Faculty offers them the opportunity to refresh and expand their knowledge and skills through the courses English Language I and English Language II offered in the first and second semesters respectively. In the third and fourth semesters, students are expected to acquire the knowledge and skills specific to using English in academic settings through the courses English for Academic Purposes I and II. However, acknowledging the fact that a number of students have insufficient knowledge of English in the beginning of their university studies, the only course for which students receive a grade that is calculated in their cumulative grade point average is English for Academic Purposes II.

Reflecting the importance attached by the Faculty to the attainment of a high level of both language competence and academic skills, successful completion of English for Academic Purposes II is a prerequisite for graduation for all students. It should be noted that for the first three courses of the English language programmeme students receive a mark of pass or fail, while for English for Academic Purposes II they get evaluated on a 10 point grading scale as is the case with all other courses of the programmeme of studies. Successful completion (threshold score: 60%) of each of the first three courses is a prerequisite for attending the next one. Students are exempted from the obligation to successfully complete the prerequisite courses if they possess language certificates as follows: B2 for English Language I, C1 for English Language II and C2 for English for Academic Purposes I. (The Faculty of Social and Education Policy classifies foreign language certificates according to the CEFR classification levels http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Cadre1_en.asp).