- Fall: May 1
- Spring: November 1
Language of Instruction
BCA Signature Course
Democracy and Democratization (Required: 3 credits)
This course aims to provide an
introduction to the study of democracy as a political system distinct from
other regimes, to study democratization and democratic transitions in a range
of historical contexts, and to examine regime change through the analysis of
various case studies.
College Year in Athens (CYA) and BCA
have forged an important collaboration which allows BCA students to take
classes with CYA participants while also maintaining their own
intellectual and cross-cultural emphasis on the BCA theme of democracy.
Each semester begins with an orientation period during which students are introduced to the facilities, services, staff, academic procedures and policies, and safety procedures and policies. Also, each student is given a copy of the student handbook prior to the start of the program. It contains a wealth of information, hints and suggestions, map of Athens and policies. During the first week students also receive an orientation on the city of Athens and Greece, in general. Numerous planned activities provide the opportunity to get to know fellow students, as well as faculty and staff. During this period, students meet individually with the Director of Student Affairs and may schedule a meeting with the Director of Academic Affairs to discuss their program of studies.
BCA and CYA students live in self-contained apartments in residential apartment buildings in the Pangrati area of Athens, which are situated a two- to ten-minute walk from the Academic Center. This neighborhood is desirable for its central location, proximity to sites, monuments and museums, and access to the National Gardens and the wooded slopes of Lykavittos Hill. All students live within easy walking distance of grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, bakeries, dry-cleaning shops, banks, and other amenities, including a lively, weekly outdoor "farmers market" offering fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and flowers.
Excursions and Activities
Two substantial educational excursions throughout Greece each semester are included in the program fee. Shorter, faculty-led excursions to parts of Greece not included in each semester's itineraries are optional and available for an additional fee. The majority of courses include on-site teaching, taking advantage of what can be seen or experienced directly in Athens. Lectures and presentations on a variety of subjects complementary to the curriculum are given by prominent Greek and international scholars each semester.
Workshops such as marble carving or antiquities conservation are available for an additional fee.