Hebrew (Modern)


In the Modern Hebrew major you will develop the ability to use Modern Hebrew; namely to speak, read, and write in Modern Hebrew. The language you will use is, primarily, spoken daily speech; yet over the course of the major you will have opportunities to study a range of genres and text types both spoken and written, from media to prose and poetry.

By the end of your major you will have mastered the ability to use Modern Hebrew in a wide variety of contexts and situations and you will gain an understanding of how to discuss and analyse the linguistic features of Modern Hebrew, as well as the literature and culture associated with the language.

Study plan

A major in Hebrew (Modern) requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

The Modern Hebrew Program offers several entry points depending on your previous knowledge and usage of the language. Following the completion of a placement test, you are directed to the unit best suited for your level of knowledge. Once in the program you will enjoy a clear learning progression.

Junior units of study (1000 level):
Junior units of study (1000 level) provide an introduction to the Hebrew alphabet, alongside conversing, reading, and writing in simple everyday Hebrew. If you have no previous knowledge of Modern Hebrew you will enrol in HBRW1011 and HBRW1102, respectively. These two junior units are equivalent to the first part of level A (the first, of six levels) of Modern Hebrew instruction at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Senor units of study (2000 and 3000 level):
As you progress in your usage and knowledge of Modern Hebrew and move into the senior units of study, your oral communication skills continue to be fostered, and you have further opportunities to engage in a variety of genres and text types from higher registers of the language.

In senior-intermediate units of study (2000 level) you further develop your language skills and engage in a wider range of text types. These are equivalent to level A and B of Modern Hebrew instruction at the Hebrew University.

Senior-advanced (3000 level) units of study you progressively engage with higher registers of the language and read and analyse short stories (requiring an assignment component of 350 words in Modern Hebrew), and you begin to engage with non-modified Modern Hebrew text types. These are equivalent to the level C at the Hebrew University. In HBRW3612, HBRW3613 and HBRW3614, HBRW3615 (equivalent, respectively, to level D and E at the Hebrew University), you extend the level and repertoire of your oral presentations, which now include a component of individual research (in Modern Hebrew); the range and variety of non-modified texts you are exposed to, is extended; and the written analysis of literature is extended to 500, and 750 words respectively.

Whichever sequence you follow, you enjoy a progressive increase of usage and knowledge of Modern Hebrew, as well as (linguistic) knowledge about Modern Hebrew. Furthermore, you are introduced to a widening corpus of written and literary texts.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

Hebrew (Classical), Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture

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