Honours in Modern Greek Studies
‘Honours’ is an intensive year-long program of advanced study with research at its centre. The Honours year enables students to engage with the subject of their major in depth by undertaking research of their own, under the supervision of an expert in the their field. For some students, Honours is the culmination of their formal education while for other students, Honours is the first step on the path to careers as professional researchers and academics. Many staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences find Honours teaching the most rewarding part of their job.
Students need to have results at Credit (65%) level or better in eight Senior units of study (48 credit points) in Modern Greek if they wish to take Honours. Students would normally include exchange units and in-country study units, as approved by the department.
Students whose bachelor's degree was undertaken at another university, or students who completed their bachelor's degrees at the University of Sydney more than two years ago should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss whether the classes they have taken are equivalent to these prerequisites.
Please note: from 2015 the minimum requirement for entry into Honours will increase to an average of 70% or above across 48 senior credit points in the intended subject area/s.
The Honours program in Modern Greek Studies consists of:
- a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
- two seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.
The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words. Each seminar requires 6000 words of written work or its equivalent. The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.
The following seminars are on offer in 2014:
- Greek Cinema (Prof Karalis) Semester 1
- From Homer to Ritsos (Dr Anthony Dracopoulos) Semester 2
The honours thesis constitutes an original piece of research and writing in a field that is supervised by a member of staff. It amounts to 18000-20000 words of writing, and must demonstrate both a command of a wide range of secondary source material in Greek, as well as a command of a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to the topic of the research. Disciplinary fields best represented in the department are: Literary theory; literary criticism; nineteenth and twentieth century Greek poetry and prose; anthropological interpretation of literature; experimental writing; sociolinguistics; Byzantine and Modern Greek history and historiography.
In the first instance, students should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss their preferred field of Honours study. The Chair of the Department will then be able to suggest the most appropriate member of staff within the department to supervise the Thesis. The list below, whilst not exhaustive, gives an idea of the areas of interest of staff from the Department.
Prof Vrasidas Karalis supervises in The Relevance of Late Byzantine Art to Contemporary Artistic Movements * The teaching of Greek as a second language * The Fate of the Greek Minority in Asia Minor * Anthropoligical Readings of Nikos Kazantzakis and Patrick White * The Cyprus Question between 1930 and 1960 * Greek film and literature
Dr Anthony Dracopoulos supervises in 19th and 20th Century Greek Poetry * Literary Value * Modernism * Comparative Literature.
Dr Panayota Nazou supervises in The women's presence in Southern Corfu, in the 19th century * 'Traumascape' in Theo * An historical and socio-economic approach to the phenomenon of emigration * The awarded young-adult novels of Greece.
In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in MGRK4011, 4012, 4013 and 4014. These, however, are merely generic or 'shell' units for your coursework component.
Enrolments are completed online. Go to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours webpage for further information on Honours and on the online enrolment application procedure.
The Honours Coordinator can answer any queries relating to the Honours program.