Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies
The Modern Greek Program is taught by the Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies within the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC).
About the major
Modern Greek language and culture are intrinsically intertwined and influence each other profoundly. Our units of study investigate the co-dependence and co-evolution of both through the disciplined teaching of both, from year one to the final year of studies. There is a balance between language-based units of study and units of pure cultural content. You can choose to enrol in either of them or select from them the most pertinent to achieve your own preferred major. However the structure of our major gives the opportunity to all students to complete a series of units that form a coherent and cohesive strand of learning: you can complete all units offered towards a specialisation in language teaching or enrol in units with emphasis on culture, history and civilisation. Between these two dominant strands we offer “bridging units” dedicated to translation, sociolinguistics or related methodological issues, that give you the opportunity to create your own specific pathway according to the units from other programs or departments. The structure of our program is flexible and adjustable so that you can chose the units you want to do and incorporate them within the context of what is offered in other programs.
Pathways through the major
A major in Modern Greek requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 6 at 3000 level.
The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Modern Greek Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.
There are three main streams:
- Language acquisition and writing skills
- Culture and history
- Translation and translation studies
Language acquisition and writing skills forms the basis for everything that students are expected to do when studying Modern Greek. It consists of a coherent number of units streamlined according to the language knowledge of groups of students.
Levels of entry into the Modern Greek Major
Students with no prior knowledge of Modern Greek
You complete first year junior Modern Greek units (Junior Modern Greek 1 & 2) before enrolling in senior units of study. Junior units focus solely on language and provide the basic knowledge of the language, grammar, syntax, vocabulary and spelling. In second year, you complete Junior Modern Greek 3 & 4, which offer two hours of language and two hours of culture (history and literature).
Students who have completed Year 11 and Year 12 at HSC with high results and are able to read and write effectively in Modern Greek
You enrol directly into senior Modern Greek units focusing on both language and culture (Senior Modern Greek 1 & 2). In the second year, you have options of three or two units, according to the availability of lecturers.
All students can either continue with an emphasis on language and writing skills or enter the cultural stream by choosing units that have an exclusive focus on culture combining literary studies, with history and political context, or purely art units with social or cultural debates in the discipline. You are also encouraged to enrol in units from European Studies, Linguistics, History or English in order to form a comprehensive understanding of the discipline.
At the same time, a third stream emerges with two intensive units of study on Translation (Theory and Practice of Translation and The Art of Translation) which can taken by students who want to become translators and interpreters. These units combine theory of translation with practical work from diverse textual traditions (law, medical, technical etc.)
Finally all students complete a 3000 level unit of study such as MGRK3692, offering the necessary progression to students who wish to continue with postgraduate studies, especially in language.
Most units are offered in an alternating basis; so you have time to reflect and plan in advance your own major options in combination with your other chosen units of study.
Admission to honours requires completion of 48 senior credit points of Modern Greek studies with a Credit average or above. Exchange units can be included as approved by the department.
The honours program consists of seminar courses on specific areas of Modern Greek studies and a thesis on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the Department.
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.
Department website: sydney.edu.au/arts/modern_greek
Chair of department: Professor Vrasidas Karalis
or contact the SLC office , +61 2 9351 2869.
Further information and advice is available from the notice boards in the Brennan MacCallum Building A18.
In addition to enrolling with the faculty office, students should register with the department in the first class of every Modern Greek unit of study.