Department of Sociology



[1-9-2018 to 31-8-2020]

Ioannis Zaimakis ,

Professor in Sociology of Local Societies and Culture



Tel: +30 2831077466

Fax: +30 28310 77467




Department of Sociology,

University of Crete,

Gallos Campus,

Rethymnon, Crete,

GR-74100, Greece



The Department was the second of only two Sociology Departments in Greece when it accepted its’ first undergraduate students in 1987.The advanced postgraduate study programme followed in 2003-4.


The undergraduate curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for developing explanations of social behavior and social processes.  It provides a solid foundation of core courses in sociological theory and research methods and a wide range of elective courses allowing specialization in three thematic areas: social theory and methodology; social organization and transformation; and culture.


Advanced study and research training is strongly interdisciplinary in character, reflected in inter-departmental collaborations in postgraduate study programmes in bioethics and in contemporary history. The Department also runs summer schools (such as the Anogia Summer School Series)   and thematic workshops to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in the social sciences.


Educational and research activities are enhanced through the Department’s two research units working  in the areas of (a) social analysis and applied sociological research and (b) gender studies.  These form part of the Department’s diverse research profile, with interests ranging from political sociology, the state and surveillance, social movements, and occupational sociology, through to bioethics, and research on popular cultures and music.




Undergraduate Guide

Bachelor (B.A), 4 year (8 semesters) study programme. 


Masters (M.A) 2-year duration;  and  Doctoral (Ph.D)


Postgraduate Studies Programme  Sociology  with specializations in:

- Social Organization and Social Change

- Culture: Social Practice and Conflict


The Department also participates in the following interdisciplinary graduate programmes:

Contemporary Greek and European History


Associated Research Units

- Social Analysis and Applied Social Research

- Gender in Social Sciences


HQAA External Evaluation Report of the Department of Sociology:  October 2013 pdf


Last update 05/06/2019