**NEW COURSE Political Economy in Historical Context: From Ancient Greece to Modern Greek Crises (Athens, Delphi, Delos)

Major Discipline(s):
Business, Economics, Political Science & International Relations
Summer Session II (June 25 - July 21, 2018)

This course considers the current issues and debates of international political economy through a critical examination of the ancient Greek world through experiential learning left uncovered by traditional on-campus curriculum.

Designed as a hybrid course synthesizing classical studies and political economy, the course is divided into two parts. Students will first have direct contact with a part of the ancient Greek world that expresses the ancient Greek economy as an economy and not merely a component of social, political or economic history. Through field trips, archaeological site visits and guest lectures, students will then be challenged to translate the lessons of antiquity into contemporary relevance through critical debate and analysis.

Students will consider the relationship between power and wealth, how ancient city-states organized trade and financial marketization, consumption, resource sustainability and social institutions, as well as the factors leading to their decline. These theories will then be thrashed against 21st century global market challenges, with particular focus on the ongoing crises facing Greece. The two most important centers of the ancient Greek world - Delos (the Delian League) and Delphi - will be visited on two separate excursions. Classes will also be held at various archaeological sites in Athens in addition to a visit to Parliament and various corporations in and around Attica.


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 15, with a maximum enrollment of 24.

CYA reserves the right to cancel any course that fails to achieve minimum enrollment by April 1. Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets before early April.


60 contact hours

Fee Discounts

  • Students who submit their application for admission with full payment postmarked on or before March 1, receive a reduction of $100.

  • Students who enroll and participate in more than one CYA summer course receive a reduction of $100 per course. 

Essential Information

The course starts in Athens on Monday June 25 and ends in Athens on Saturday July 21. Transportation between Athens, Delphi and Delos as well as during day excursions is included in the course fee.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about the course. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and



Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms; towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations in Athens or during excursions will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00-9:00 p.m..


When class is in Athens a full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee.


Arrival: Monday June 25
9:00 a.m.: Check-in begins at the CYA Academic Center. Pick up information folder from Student Affairs and course materials from the Librarian. Transfer to CYA apartments or to CYA-arranged hotel accommodations.

6:00 p.m.: Orientation session at the Academic Center followed by welcome dinner offering students the opportunity to meet their Professor and fellow students.

Class begins: Tuesday June 26

Last Day of Class: Friday July 20
Last class and final examination. Farewell dinner

Departure: Saturday July 21
Accommodations available till 11:00 am.