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School of Social Sciences
The School of Social Sciences was founded in September 2018 as the TEI of Epirus merged with the University of Ioannina (Law 4559/2018). Originally the School comprised the following departments: the Department of Psychology, the Department of Early Years Learning and Care, and the Department of Translation and Interpreting. In view of the aforementioned Law, the Department of Psychology was scheduled to operate in the academic year 2019-2020 and has been in full operation since then. The Department of Early Years Learning and Care was in full operation before the establishment of the School of Social Sciences. The Department of Translation and Interpreting was initially expected to commence its operation at a later date, following a decision by the University Senate. However, a later Senate decision, validated by the Ministry of Education, led to the suspension of the operation of the particular Department.
Currently, the School of Social Sciences comprises the Department of Psychology and the Department of Early Years Learning and Care, located in Ioannina. Studies in these departments last for 8 semesters. With regards to the Department of Psychology and the Department of Early Years Learning and Care, the current Programs of Studies lead respectively to a unified undergraduate degree (ptychio). Overall, the Programs of Study aim to ‘equip’ students with theoretical as well as practical-applied knowledge. Upon completion of the academic year 2018-2019, the reformed Programs of Studies, developed to abide by the HQA criteria, were submitted and officially approved by the Senate of the University of Ioannina.
The basic principles underlying the Program of Studies of the above Departments reflect elements of modern orientations regarding the respective sciences. The Program of Studies of the Department of Psychology is being currently developed in the context of the most contemporary study programs in psychology, providing practice in parallel with training for psychologists as professionals- licensed psychologists. The Program of Studies of the Department of Early Years Learning and Care has been adapted and formulated appropriately, taking into consideration the aim of the specific Department as this has been revisited and redefined in the wake of the aforementioned Law, namely to effectively operate as a fully functional academic unit of the University of Ioannina. The Programs of Studies are open to elaboration and enrichment in time course taking account of the culture of academic communities and their unique discourses. They are treated as open units subject to change in the framework of understandings developed in disciplinary and interdisciplinary discourses within each subject area.
Regarding students’ studies, the priority set by the School involves the development of an academic culture that enhances critical thinking and promotes the scholarly approach to teaching and learning, leading not only to a thorough comprehension of theoretical but also to applied knowledge. Such an academic culture ensures the osmosis of a variety of epistemological principles underlying different disciplines”
 Meantime the registered students in Igoumenitsa TEI of Ioannina, attending a BA Program on Business Administration acceded to the Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Ioannina, following a decision of the University Senate.