An updated undergraduate study guide of the Department of Economics is in effect from September 1, 2020 for all students of the Department. According to the study guide, the undergraduate curriculum includes thirteen Basic courses, two Computer courses for Economists and two English courses for Economists, which are compulsory for all students. The course “Introduction to Economic Theory”(ECON1007), however, is mandatory only for students admitted from the academic year 2019-2020 onwards. In addition to the compulsory courses, the Department offers an extensive portfolio of electives, incorporated in the following Thematic Areas, which, actually, constitute the research areas of the academic staff:
- Economic Theory and Policy
- Business Economics
- Political Economy and Economic Development
To fulfill the degree requirements, and in order to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Economics, the students are required to attend at least five courses from each of the above Thematic Areas. When making their course choices, the students may seek the help of their Study Advisors. In addition to the courses offered by the academic staff of the Department, the students have the option for elective courses offered by other Departments of the University of Crete.
The students can also register for Seminars, offered in the third and fourth year of studies. The Seminars, although non-compulsory, comprise a breakthrough of the Department in relation to other Departments of Economics in Greece. Their aim is to develop the research abilities of the students through the completion of elementary research in a specific area of Economics.
A detailed course outline (syllabus) is provided for each course offered in the undergraduate curriculum. Course outlines constitute, in a way, a kind of an agreement between instructors and students. An outline delineates the purpose of each course, the learning outcomes, the instructor, basic and supplementary course material, the course workload, tutorials, students’ methods of evaluation and content of lectures per week. At the beginning of each academic year, the course outlines are updated by the academic staff of the Department so as to be adjusted to the developments and trends in the discipline of Economics. The sole responsible for updating the syllabus of a course is the instructor who offers it.
Αll courses offered by the Department of Economics follow a uniform codification, e.g. ECON2001:
ECON signifies that the course is offered by the Department of Economics
The first digit signifies the degree of learning difficulty of the course and it is equivalent to the year of studies. It ranges from 1 to 3, except for Seminars in which 4 is the initial digit
The second digit relates to courses in the following way: 0-Basic Courses, 1-Economic Theory and Policy, 2-Business Economics, 3-Political Economy and Economic Development, 4-English for Economists, 5-Computers, 6-Teaching Methods and Pedagogical Adequacy
The third and fourth digits define the serial number of a course within each year of studies