Courses - Fall 2013

Modern Greek Studies offers a variety of courses each semester. There are seven semesters of language teaching, as well as courses in comparative literature, Byzantine Literature and history. Courses taught in anthropology or other departments will be cross listed with Modern Greek when they are taught. 

Language Courses

Introduction to Modern Greek

The course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Modern Greek and places equal emphasis on the acquisition of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It combines an emphasis on the development of communication skills with an understanding of language structures and grammar and insights into Modern Greek society and culture. Through a variety of resources, students are given the opportunity to express themselves in speech and writing, listen, read and respond to different types of spoken and written language, as well as acquire an understanding of contemporary Greece and acquaint themselves with samples of literary texts and other authentic cultural materials of relevance.

MGRK 0100 S01


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Intermediate Modern Greek

This course is a continuation of MGRK0200 but may also be taken by anyone who has adequate prior knowledge of grammar and syntax, has built up a good vocabulary and has the necessary skills to perform language functions at level B1 of the CEF. The course focuses on further development of the four language skills and provides opportunity for practice and consolidation of new and previously taught vocabulary, structures and functions. It lays equal emphasis on the need for high standards in linguistic competence and confident communication skills and offers insights into the society, heritage and literature of Modern Greece.

MGRK 0300 S01

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Advanced Modern Greek

MGRK0500 places emphasis on the improvement of oral, aural, reading and writing skills via presentations, debates, writing projects and conversations drawn from readings of specially selected texts, including literary and journalistic prose as well as from regular viewing assignments. The first part of the course will be organized around a textbook and will offer students the opportunity to further develop their linguistic skills, as they encounter texts grouped under topics such as: family life, campaigning organizations and the environment, entertainment rituals, gender issues, education and the world of work, language culture and identity etc. The second part of the course will offer students the opportunity to survey representative texts of Modern Greek literature and other forms of cultural expression, of contemporary relevance. The development of transcultural competence will be an essential component of the course.

MGRK 0500 S01

Primary Instructor: Amanatidou

Special Topics in Modern Greek

Independent study/research. No description available.

MGRK 1910 S01

Primary Instructor: Amanatidou

Comparative Literature Courses

Mediterranean Cities

Athens, Istanbul, Alexandria: three iconic cities of the Levant that will serve as points of reference in a focused exploration of East Mediterranean history and culture. Reads and discusses a number of texts that span several decades and a wide range of styles and genres – from realism to postmodernism and from autobiography to thriller – but exhibit a common interest in the urban landscape and its relationship to basic aspects of human existence: identity and ideology, memory and desire, isolation and connection, hope and fear, life and death. Authors include Theotokas, Seferis, Taktsis, Durrell, Mahfouz, Kharrat, Tanpinar, Shafak, Altun.

COLT 0811Q S01

Primary Instructor: Panou

Killer Love: Passion and Crime in Fiction and Film

Discusses textual and cinematic representations of criminal passion and its ambiguous relationship to religious, moral, and social norms. We will focus on extreme forms of intimacy both as a thematic choice of cultural production and as a symbolic medium of communication. Why is it that art so often explores unsanctioned emotions and deviant behaviors? What is at stake when narratives capitalize on violent manifestations of desire? In what ways is the semantics of excessive love related to conceptions of subjectivity, sociability, and sexuality? What role does it play in the creative process itself?

COLT 1440B S01

Primary Instructor: Panou

History Courses

Unwanted and Uprooted: Minorities and Refugees in Twentieth-Century Europe

Refugees and minorities dominate contemporary international politics and the western humanitarian imagination bringing Hollywood stars to the most devastated parts of the Global South. And yet during the twentieth century, the global south was Europe itself. This course draws from the insights of history, minority and refugee studies, and international relations and uses a variety of sources (from parliamentary reports to refugee testimonies, and from films to literature), to examine this phenomenon.

HIST 1363 S01

Primary Instructor: Chronakis

The Mediterranean City: Conflict and Coexistence in the Long Twentieth Century

The Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the oldest, most celebrated urban settlements in the world. Its cities have nonetheless experienced such repeated and deep transformations in the past two centuries as to become virtually unrecognizable with regards to the built environment, the ethnic composition of their population, and discursive representations. This course takes a critical look at these developments and will examine the cities as shaped by imperial state, western traveller, colonial urbanist, nationalist visionary, uprooted refugee, Holocaust survivor, fighting soldier - in a kaleidoscopic attempt to understand dramatic and traumatic experience of modernity in streets/piazzas of the Mediterranean. Enrollment limited to 20.

HIST 1978K

Primary Instructor: Chronakis