Effects Of The Socio-Economic Crisis On Social Care

Degree Program: Social Administration (7th semester – elective)

Teaching hours: 3 per week-ECTS 5

Course Tutor: Charalampos Poulopoulos, Associate Professor

Email: chpoulo@socadm.duth.gr

Subject and Course Description

The course presents the basic concepts and phenomena relevant to the current socio-economic crisis, the new policies adopted and their effects on social care organizations. Thecoursestartswithcritical discussion of the definition of social crisis and the ways in which crisis has affected social institutions in general and social welfare programmes in particular. The course focuses on the effects of crisis at the personal, familial and humanitarian level discussing also homelessness. Thecoursestrivestomakesuggestionsforinterventionatthelocallevelwithemphasisonself-organization, newcollectivesandsocialsolidarity.

Topics Outline

-Unemployment, recession, austerity in 21st Century Greece

-Economic crisis and housing crisis

-Economic crisis and mental and physical health issues

-Economic crisis and drug addiction

-Child neglect and neglect of child care

-Family abuse

-Violence and social racism

-Human rights violation

-Opportunities and interventions at crisis times.


By the End of the Course, Students should be able to:

-Understand the living conditions for part of the population as a result of the unemployment, austerity and recession.

-Analyze critically the effects of economic crisis on housing, living standards, physical and mental health, child neglect, family abuse and alcohol and drug addiction.

-Critically examine events of violence, racism, violation of human rights and penalization of health associated behaviour as methods of increasing social inequality.

-Reflect on ways and develop strategies of social intervention at the local level


1) Final written examination or

2) Final written examination in conjunction with a written paper