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Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Compulsory 13B001 1st 3 Hrs/Wk 3 Hrs/Wk 3 5.0

The course aims to introduce students to the basic topics of the history and evolution of Biology. During the semester, the facts and the mental trends associated with each period, the persons and scientific achievements, but also the historians' reflection on the methodology of reconstructing the past of science are examined.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to: a) understand the working method of the history of biology, the problems of the sources, the essays and the established narratives and b) know basic facts from the history of Biology from antiquity to the present day as well as the ways in which pre-scientific intellectual activities have acquired the form and the prestige of modern science.


At the skill level, the student will be able to: a) Ask valid questions about the past of the science of biology and propose ways of organizing historical research, b) Ask the established narratives about the process of science and seeks answers to the relationship of perceptions of nature with wider social processes, c) Assess the current state of the science of biology and decide on the validity of relevant science and technology policy decisions, d) Design educational, publicity and / or artistic actions aimed at the scientific programming of the general public


Greek and Latin Antiquity, Middle Ages and Arab-Islamic Science (3 hours) - Renaissance, Classical Era and Enlightenment (6 hours) - From Natural Science to Biology of Conservation (the evolution of the science of Environmental Biology/Ecology) (6 hours) - The History of Evolutionary Theory and Modern Perspectives (6 hours) - Embryology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Physiology (3 hours) - Functional Biology: Biochemistry, Physiology - Holistic Biology: study of relations between living beings and between living beings and their environment (3 hours) - The Difference of Functional Biology - Birth of Molecular Biology - Biotechnology (3 hours) - Scientific achievements of the last decades of the 20th century and the 21st century. Proteomics, Metabolomics and System Biology (3 hours) - Genomes sequencing, Genomics and Pharmacogenomics (3 hours) - Bioethics: The Management and the Limits of Biological Applications (3 hours)


1. Timeline - 2. History of Science through storytelling - 3. Methodological approach to historical knowledge of Science through scientific articles - 4. Bioethics' issues through the perspective of historical events - 5. Socio-scientific issues in the context of the History of Science - 6. Creation of a virtual museum - 7. Presentation of a virtual museum


Lectures: Aristeidis Parmakelis, Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Population Ecology (Coordinator) - George Diallinas, Professor of Molecular Microbiology - Ιoannis Trougakos, Professor of Animal Cell Biology & Electron Microscopy - Panagoula Kollia, Professor of Human Molecular Genetics - Ourania E. Tsitsilonis, Professor of Immunology - Skarlatos Dedos, Associate Professor of Zoology - Panayiotis Pafilis, Professor of Animal Diversity - Ioannis - Dimosthenis Adamakis, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology with emphasis on Structure - Christos Kontos, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology

Practicals:  Dr. Martha Georgiou (Laboratory Teaching Staff)

  The student evaluation process is done in Greek (there is the possibility of examining English for Erasmus students), with a final examination of the whole subject matter and includes: a) Theory: 100% of the total grade of the course and b) Written Exam with Graded Difficulty Questions (Quick Response Questions, Extended Response Questions and Multiple Choice Questions).
  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. A. Parmakelis at: Tel 0030 210 727 4736, Email: aparmakel[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr