Courses - Fall 2014

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

Odysseus in Literature

Examines the reincarnations of the Homeric figure of Odysseus in contemporary literatures. It approaches the texts historically, culturally and literary. How is the Odysseus myth altered from culture to culture (Greece, Rome, Ireland, the Caribean), how is it re-adapted in different historical periods, how does Odysseus change as the genre changes (epic, poetry, the novel, film, drama)?

COLT 0710Q S01

Primary Instructor: Calotychos

Levantine Cities: Alexandria, Istanbul, Athens

Explores the literary and filmic imagination of three Eastern Mediterranean cities, Alexandria, Istanbul, and Athens. It examines the history, culture and politics of these cities and the ways in which they emerge in literature, film, poetry and travelogues. How is the city defined in these works? How are social tensions addressed, such as those between Greeks and Turks and Arabs or between Christians, Muslims and Jews? How are thematic and historical issues resolved, such as those involving antiquity and modernity, tradition and modernization, colonialism and nationalism, religion and secularism? How are these cities defined in the works of western writers? Enrollment limited to 30. DPLL

COLT 1811T S01

Primary Instructor: Calotychos

Of interest to students of Modern Greece

The World of Byzantium

Caught between the East and West, the culture of Byzantium inherited the ancient worlds of Greece, Rome, and Jerusalem, nurturing many a modern ideology, conflict, and identity. Byzantium is explored through its history, texts, and art. We examine the foundation and history of Constantinople, Iconoclasm, the Crusades, medieval Christianity and Islam, Byzantine court life, concepts of gender, self, and sexuality. WRIT

CLAS 0660 S01

Primary Instructor: Insley Say

Alexander the Great and the Alexander Tradition

This course focuses on a single historical figure, Alexander the Great, using him as a point of departure for exploring a wide range of problems and approaches that typify the field of Classical Studies. How knowledge of Alexander has been used and abused provides a fascinating case study in the formation and continuous reinterpretation of the western Classical tradition.

CLAS 0810A S01

Primary Instructor: Cherry