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Course Descriptions

505 - Labour Markets and Migration in the EU Nikas C., Kiohos A.

Migration is an intertemporal global phenomenon influencing the countries involved (origin and destination) as well as individual (emigrants and their families). The ongoing process of globalization has brought back to the forefront the migration issue. The EU is a de facto destination zone for the contemporary migratory flows. The accession of most post- communist economies to the EU has “internalized” the problem on the basis of the application of the free labour mobility principle. However the pressure on the EU boarders is escalating by the non-EU (irregular) immigrants mostly using the asylum-refugee solution in order to reach their final destination. Besides it’s multi-dimentional and interdisciplinary nature, migration is mainly affecting the labour markets of the countries involved. In an enlarging EU migration is therefore a basic variable for the analysis of issues relevant to employment and wages and, at the same time a task for the designing and implementation of an immigration policy both at the national and the Union level.

531 - Research Method and Scientific Paper Writing with Computer and Statistics Tools Deriades T., Koutsoupias N.

The course offers an introduction of the steps in research and academic writing. Research methodological attributes, objectives, forms, and utility are discussed. Students are provided with a background in quantitative and qualitative approaches used in an academic study, especially in the science fields covered by the host Graduate Program. Furthermore, students gain familiarity with research methods through the use of computer applications (Eviews, R / RStudio)  employing descriptive and inductive statistics and regression techniques. In addition, articles are compiled and case studies are analyzed in fields related to the general theme of European policies for young people, entrepreneurship, education, and culture, based on the philosophy and practical implementation of research methodology concepts.

535 - Counselling for Career Development Koutsoupias N., Papavasiliou I.

This course seeks to provide attendees with a comprehensive range of subjects relating to counseling and career development. In order to develop individually and professionally in the context of their studies, participants will be provided with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors. Lifelong learning and a globalized labor market necessitate a well-balanced range of personal and socia; skills, such as self-awareness, persuasion, decision making and problem solving ability along with teamwork abilities, which are all referred to as "Life and Career Skills". With the application of participatory and experiential techniques but also the utilization of  digital technologies, learners will develop necessary skills, which they will be able to employ in any context like learning, work and social life.

575 - Entrepreneurship of youth and employment Bitzenis A.

In the specific module we try to study Entrepreneurship in the context of globalization and an enlarged European Union. Emphasis is given on Entrepreneurship of youth and employment and on the ways of exploit them. The basic goal of the module is to provide the postgraduate students with knowledge regarding the circumstances of developing an entrepreneurship spirit, and the special characteristics that compose a successful entrepreneurship and make them capable of evaluating the results of Entrepreneurship for the business activities and the economy. Moreover, the module aims to force student in future Entrepreneurship activities and making them aware of the various economic policies, and european structural funds that reinforce and support Entrepreneurship of young people in the integrated and globalized market. The students must, as well, obtain adequate knowledge that will help them create a Business Plan seeking for the competitive edge of the enterprise they will create. Students at the end of the module will detect the crucial variables of the Business Plan and will seek for the forms of financing and developing an enterprise; also, they will find the strategies of creating a competitive edge taking into consideration the Greek business environment experience.

635 - New Technologies and e-Government   Bitzenis A., Konstantinidis I.

Advances in Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and specifically the current applications of social media provide innovative and updated affordances to diffuse information and to develop and foster collaborative practices. The public organizations exploit the ICT for digitizing their processes and services in order to improve their performance by automating, informating and  transforming the scope and role of their operations. The digitization of production processes does not only increase effectiveness, but it can also enhance the provision and the accessibility of public services and information, which in turn leads to increased transparency; more democratic procedures and citizens' empowerment, as people are provided with more alternative and flexible ways to participate in the public and social life. In conclusion, the utilization of new technologies increases the effectiveness of services in public sector, reinforces the implementation of democratic authorities and institutions, and redefines the role and the participation of the citizens, the politicians, the political authority of the time being and the various political entities in democratic procedures and in public life. Overall, the course aims to identify and analyze the use and the impacts of the major ICT applications in the field of electronic government. In achieving this, the course aims to help students understand the technological, political, social and institutional factors that they have to consider when designing, implementing and evaluating ICT applications for e-government purposes. To that end, the course attempts to familiarize students (from theoretical and practical view) with the basic principles, the philosophy and the methods-practices for implementing electronic government. Special emphasis is given on the different e-government stakeholders such as citizens, political parties, government, public and political entities and organizations. The course teaching is enhanced by analyzing and discussing case studies in class in order to enable students to link theory to practice and use theoretical models and concepts to solve real problems. The teaching methods also includes the use of various laboratory learning methods, such as team projects, class debates and role plays, so that the students can develop and nourish their communication and transferable skills.

671 - Project and Development Programmes’ Management Skiadas D.

The course entails initially an introduction to the concept and the contents of growth policy and its formulation with the European Integration Process, taking into account the “Europe 2020” Strategy and the relevant political choices. Following that, there is an analysis of the financing schemes of growth policy (EU Budget, EU Structural Funds, Public Investment Programme, Public Private Partnerships), using examples from mainly the greek experience. The course entails also an analysis of the basic principles of project management, through the study of the relevant methodological framework established by the USA Project Management Institute (PMI). The following elements are covered: project management framework, life cycle and organisation of a project, models for project management, knowledge areas relevant to project management (objectives, procedures, time management and scheduling, cost management and budgeting, quality management, human resources management, communications management, procurement management). Particular attention is paid to the groups of activities necessary for project management (start, planning-programming, implementation, control, completion). Furthermore, the course entails an overview of the institutional framework for project management in Greece and the EU (public contracts for public works, public procurement and public services and utilities). The course includes also an analysis of the process of Programmes’ Evaluation, in terms of theoretical definitions as well as practical methods and approaches.

695-European Digital Economy, Digital Transactions, and e-Commerce Bozinis A., Koutsoupias N.

The object of this course is to cover the fundamental principles and analytical tools that are essential to understand the diverse developments in the E-commerce field. The rising importance of the international component of economic operations has characterized the last three decades. In essence, a new International Economic Environment has arisen on a global scale, in which the expansion of commercial enterprise steadily faces less barriers and constraints. Companies now refer to international markets by their exports to other countries. The internationalization of industry entails new and varied demands for most global business units' managers, as well as legitimate and widely justified fears about the implications of this process that has come to be known as globalization.

701 - Master Thesis

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