Regional Development

COURSE TITLE Regional Development
If the ECTS Credits are distributed in distinct parts of the course e.g. lectures, labs etc. If the ECTS Credits are awarded to the whole course, then please indicate the teaching hours per week and the corresponding ECTS Credits.
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Please, add lines if necessary. Teaching methods and organization of the course are described in section 4.

Background, General Knowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development

Scientific Area
Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
At the completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Use the scientific terminology and define the thematic axes in the field of Regional Development.
  • Analyse and correlate the fundamental concepts of regional inequality, regional development and regional policy.
  • Describe and evaluate the theories of regional development.
  • Apply the appropriate research tools for the analysis of regional inequalities.
  • Combine regional inequalities and regional development with the fundamental regional policy goals of Greece and EU.
  • To make and evaluate policy proposals to tackle regional problems.
General Skills
Name the desirable general skills upon successful completion of the module
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,


Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work


Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment


Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information

Decision making

Autonomous work


Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Equity and Inclusion

Respecting cultural diversity

Developing moral thinking and moral sentiments.

1.       Introduction: basic concepts in Regional Development.

2.       Regional inequalities – Theories of regional development.

3.       Regional Policy: concepts, means, efficiency.

4.       Regional inequalities in Greece.

5.       The concept of European integration – Relations between dominant states / Political theories of European integration.

6.       Reasons of EU establishment / Enlargement of EU – EU enlargement in South-Eastern Europe.

7.       EU institutions and bodies–EU Regional policy instruments and bodies.

8.       EU and Greece.

9.       Inequalities between EU member states.

10.   Regional inequalities within EU.

11.   EU Regional policy: winners and losers.

12.   EU initiatives (Integrated Mediterranean Programmes, Leader, Interreg, Equal etc.) / Community Support Framework, National Strategic Reference Framework, Sectoral Operational Programmes, Regional Operational Programmes etc.

Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Distance learning due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Use of international and European statistical databases, use of Microsoft Teams digital platform for synchronous distance learning and use of the faculty’s e-class digital platform for asynchronous distance learning and communication with students, use of presentation and mind map softwares, online video etc.

The ways and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographic research & analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.

 The supervised and unsupervised workload per activity is indicated here, so that total workload per semester complies to ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures 75
Interactive learning 18
Autonomous study and preparation for exams 55
Written examination 2
Total (25 hours of workload per ECTS) 150
Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process

 Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Presentation in audience, Laboratory Report, Clinical examination of a patient, Artistic interpretation, Other/Others

 Please indicate all relevant information about the course assessment and how students are informed 

The evaluation process includes:

1.       In-class activities (data analysis, decision making, problem solving etc).

2.       Final written examination (Multiple Choice Test and Short Answer Questions).

In-class activities aim at formative assessment, which is used to modify teaching strategies to meet student learning needs. The final written examination has a summative assessment character and assesses the achievement of the student learning against the intended learning outcomes.




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Alternative ways of examining a course in emergency situations


Teacher (full name): Theodosios Sykas
Contact details:
Supervisors: (1) YES
Evaluation methods: (2) Written examination with distance learning methods (e-class digital platform).
Implementation Instructions: (3) Before students start the exam, they have to show their student ID or another proof of identity via the Microsoft Teams digital platform.

For students to participate in the exam, they must enroll in the “Migration and Migration Policy” e-class course and log in before the

exam (

Once they log in, they click on Exercises tool on the left side Menu and they answer a series of questions of different types (True/False, Multiple choice), which are automatically graded. After completing their answers, the click on the Submit button. The grade they get in the exam is their final grade.

In order to avoid cheating efforts, questions of the exercise will appear in random order, while students will have limited time to complete the assessment (1 hour).

  • Please write YES or NO
  • Note down the evaluation methods used by the teacher, e.g.
  • written assignment or/and exercises
  • written or oral examination with distance learning methods, provided that the integrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.
  • In the Implementation Instructions section, the teacher notes down clear instructions to the students:
  1. a) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester), the means of submission, the grading system, the grade percentage of the assignment in the final grade and any other necessary information.
  2. b) in case of oral examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for conducting the examination (e.g. in groups of X people), the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the distance learning platforms to be used, the technical means for the implementation of the examination (microphone, camera, word processor, internet connection, communication platform), the hyperlinks for the examination, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the oral exam in the final grade, the ways in which the inviolability and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.
  3. c) in case of written examination with distance learning methods: the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the way of submitting the answers, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the written exam of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the integrity and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.

There should be an attached list with the Student Registration Numbers only of students eligible to participate in the examination.