Modern Greek Studies

Errata
Item Errata Date
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Prerequisites have changed for the following unit. They now read:

MGRK3999 Interdisciplinary Impact P 30 credit points in Modern Greek Studies

30/1/2019

Modern Greek Studies

The rules below are for the introductory language acquisition pathway. Please see the Subject Area page on the left for information on how to achieve the major at a higher level.

Major

A major in Modern Greek requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level language units *
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level language units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units
* Appropriate language units are assessed either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement.

Minor

A minor in Modern Greek requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points 1000-level language units *
ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level language units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level units
* Appropriate language units are assessed either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement.

1000 level units of study

MGRK1601 Junior Modern Greek 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr language tutorials/week, 2x1hr practicals/week commencing week 2 Prohibitions: MGRK1201 or MGRK1301 or MGRK1101 Assessment: 2xtests (equivalent to 800wd total) (30%), 3xquizzes (equivalent to 800wd total) (30%), 1x2hr exam (equivalent to 2000wd) (30%), 1xoral exam (equivalent to 400wd) (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Practical language classes for students who have very little or no prior knowledge of Greek. This unit is based both on communicative methodology and a functional approach to language. By using the Greek language in a range of contexts, students will develop spoken communication (speaking and listening) skills and to a lesser extent written communication (reading and writing) skills.
MGRK1602 Junior Modern Greek 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr language tutorials/week, 2x1hr practicals/week commencing week 2 Prerequisites: MGRK1101 or MGRK1601 Prohibitions: MGRK1202 or MGRK1302 or MGRK1102 Assessment: 2xtests equivalent to 800wd total (30%), 3xquizzes equivalent to 800wd total (30%), 1x2hr exam equivalent to 2000wd (30%), 1xoral exam equivalent to 400wd (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is a continuation of MGRK1601. It aims at strengthening students' oral communication skills and further developing their written skills. Having completed MGRK1602, students in their second year will normally enter MGRK2601.

2000 level units of study

Language
MGRK2601 Modern Greek 3

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr language tutorials/week, 2x1hr practicals/week commencing week 2 Prerequisites: MGRK1102 or MGRK1602 or HSC Modern Greek Beginners Prohibitions: MGRK1501 or MGRK2001 Assessment: 2xTests equivalent to 800wd total (20%), 3xQuizzes equivalent to 400wd total (10%), 5xCompositions equivalent to 1200wd total (30%), 2xOral Presentations equivalent to 400wd total (10%), 1xOral test equivalent to 400wd (10%), 1x1hr Exam equivalent to 1000wd (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The core of this unit is practical language segments aimed particularly at developing skills of listening, speaking and writing. It also provides introductory lectures on the history and culture of speakers of Greek in the post-classical world. Political and social developments described in lectures will be linked to the reading of texts; some in Greek, illustrating how Greek culture and literature have reacted to historical change and ideological repositioning.
MGRK2602 Modern Greek 4

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr language tutorials/week, 2x1hr practicals/week commencing week 2 Prerequisites: MGRK2001 or MGRK2601 Prohibitions: MGRK1502 or MGRK2002 Assessment: 2xTests equivalent to 800wd total (20%), 3xQuizzes equivalent to 400wd total (10%), 5xCompositions equivalent to 1200wd total (30%), 2xOral Presentations equivalent to 400wd total (10%), 1xOral Test equivalent to 400wd (10%), 1x1hr Exam equivalent to 1000wd (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is a continuation of MGRK2601, and builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired during Semester 1.
MGRK2603 Style and Expression

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week commencing week 2 Prerequisites: MGRK1402 or MGRK1622 or MGRK2002 or MGRK2602 or HSC Modern Greek Continuers Prohibitions: MGRK2203 Assessment: 4xcompositions equivalent to 1500wds total (30%), 4x exercises equivalent to 1500wds total (30%), 1xTake-home assignment equivalent to 1500wd (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit builds on the structures analysed in MGRK1622 and MGRK2602. Its particular purpose is to develop students' ability to write substantial continuous passages of Greek, concentrating on different methods for the effective building of clauses into sentences and sentences into paragraphs.
Culture
MDST2612 Byzantium between East and West

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points from Table A of which 12 credit points are from one subject area Assessment: 2x2000wd essay (70%), 1x1000wd tutorial presentation (20%) and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit investigates the role that Byzantium played throughout the Middle Ages as the cultural interface between East and West between 330 and 1453. It examines the various forms of interaction that took place within Byzantium and because of Byzantium between Eastern and Western Europe, Europe and Asia, and Christianity and Islam. It further explores pre-modern perceptions of identity, social class, economy, and gender. Its main focus is to delineate the wide range of exchanges that took place throughout the Middle Ages between societies through cultural diffusion, military campaigns, material culture and political ideologies.
ICLS2621 Love in Different Languages

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from any of the following (Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, or History) Assessment: 1x1000wd Class presentation (10%), 2x2500wd Essays (90%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is the meaning of "love"? Is it the same for different individuals and cultures at different periods? How does it relate to the profound crisis of meaning in contemporary society? What is its relationship to desire, language and death? Why do the Greeks have three words for love and the English one? This unit of study explores the theme of love in a variety of national literatures including Arabic, English, Greek, French and Italian.

3000 level units

Language
MGRK3002 Theory of Translation B

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Modern Greek Assessment: 1x 1500wd translating text (30%), 1x 4500wd major essay (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The course is predominantly theoretical in its approach, though examples from actual translation practice will be used, with special emphasis on the problems and the dilemmas of translating English into Greek. Its primary aim is to inform theoretically advanced students, empowering them to reflect critically on the possibilities of translating and the transformations of the text as it moves from one culture to another.
MGRK3607 The Art of Translating

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points of Modern Greek Prohibitions: MGRK3210 or MGRK2609 or MGRK3211 Assessment: 3000wd Essay (60%), 500wd Tutorial presentation (15%), 1000wd written assignment (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit explores the art and the act of translation from Greek into English and vice versa at the most advanced and complex level. It studies existing translations of literary and non literary texts, and investigates the validity of actual translations as well as the possibility of other translations. It focuses on a wide variety of texts, from poetry, newspaper articles, economic analysis texts, medical texts, manuals of electronics in order to analyse the various solutions give by specific translators and the principles that defined them. The unit finally grounds its analysis on the exploration of a number of theoretical approaches to the art of translating providing a thorough critique of each specific theory.
Culture
MGRK3001 Greek Modernism in European Context

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Modern Greek or 12 credit points at 2000 level in European Studies Prohibitions: MGRK2508 Assessment: 1x 1000wd class presentation (20%), 1x 3000wd essay (50%), 1x 2000wd take-home exercise (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Focusing on a selection of modernist poets, including G. Seferis and O. Elytis, this unit explores the profound change brought to Greek literary life during the 1930s. Together with the analysis of specific poems, it will also examine the epistemological, historical and social factors which facilitated this change and it will explore the reasons behind the belatedness of Greek modernism by comparing it to its broader European counterpart.
MGRK3603 Modern Greek Politics

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Vrasidas Karalis Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points in Modern Greek Prohibitions: MGRK2512 Assessment: 4000wd essay (70%),1500wd class project (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the political life in Greece after the establishment of the Modern Greek state (1828). It examines the main political parties, ideas, practices and personalities that shaped modern Greek state and nation-building from the inception of the Greek as a modern nation-state until today. The unit also explores major personalities and their impact on forming social policies in the country. Finally, the unit explores the most significant ideological movements that influenced modern Greek political life and social consciousness, investigating theories about the state, the nation and cultural identity as formed by structures and institutions introduced by successive Greek regimes.
MGRK3604 Contemporary Art in Greece

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points of Modern Greek Prohibitions: MGRK2655 or MGRK2506 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
MGRK3605 Greek Modernity and its Others

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr lecture/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from Modern Greek Prohibitions: MGRK2501 or MGRK2622 Assessment: 4000wd Essay (70%), 2000wd Tutorial presentation (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course aims to examine the marginalised attempts to modernise Greek literature of the beginning of the 20th century as an alternative to what is considered to be the dominant discourse of Greek modernism, i.e the so-called generation of the 1930s. This will involve the study of C. P. Cavafy, K. G. Karyotakis and some of the minor poets of the same period as well as new trends in Greek criticism put forward by younger critics such as T. Agras and Kl. Paraschos.The course will also attempt to draw parallels to the appropriate European context and to take into account relevant developments in Greek political life.
MGRK3633 Greekness and Hellenism

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anthony Dracopoulos Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MGRK1621 or MGRK2601 Prohibitions: MGRK2503 Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1xtake home assignment (equivalent to 2500wd) (40%), 1xpresentation (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How did the Greeks deal with their long and varied past? Are they Greeks, Romioi or Hellenes? This unit will critically examine the major perceptions of the Greek cultural identity put forward by Greek intellectuals and artists from the enlightenment to date, placing particular emphasis on views which arose after the formation of the modern Greek nation-state. It will deal with issues of identity, tradition, nation, cultural continuity and discontinuity and it explores their relevance to the Greek Australian experience.
MGRK3841 Modern Greek In-Country Study 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points of Modern Greek Assessment: As prescribed by the host institution. On successful completion of this unit of study, students will receive a "Satisfied Requirements" result at the University of Sydney. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Approved study in a tertiary level institution in Greece.

Interdisciplinary project unit of study

MGRK3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for third year students to undertake a project that allows them to work with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real-world issue in an authentic and meaningful way.
MGRK3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: 18 credit points at 2000 level in Modern Greek Studies Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

Honours

Honours in Modern Greek requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level core thesis units

Honours seminar units of study

MGRK4114 The Classical Heritage

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1000wd assignment (20%), 1x 4000wd essay (60%), 1x 1000wd presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Through detailed study of modern Greek texts, predominantly from poetry, this seminar will explore the ongoing dialogue between significant modern Greek poets such as C.P. Cavafy, George Seferis and Yannis Ritsos and classical myths. Students will study methods of analysing ancient myths and their contemporary transformations through modernist or post-modernist practices.
MGRK4115 Theories and Methods in Modern Greek Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 3000wd research paper (50%), 1x 1500wd critical analysis of theory (25%), 1x equivalent to 1500wd presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will develop students' knowledge of a range of theories and methodologies required to pursue research in Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies at a higher level. Students will engage critically with a number of current theoretical perspectives, examine their strengths and weaknesses and evaluate their application in specific case studies. The unit also involves the evaluation and critical analysis of primary and secondary sources in Greek.

Honours thesis units of study

MGRK4111 Modern Greek Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you begin a substantial, independent research project in Modern Greek. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will develop a plan for researching and writing the thesis, submit an ethics application if appropriate, familiarize yourself with disciplinary conventions and standards, engage with relevant literature, theories and methodologies, begin carrying out independent research under supervision, and submit drafts at agreed times.
MGRK4112 Modern Greek Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial independent research project in Modern Greek Studies. Regular meetings with your supervisor will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.

Advanced coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Modern Greek are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
24 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2020.