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Modern Greek Studies

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.

Requirements for completion

The Modern Greek major and minor are available via the pathways indicated below.

Students will follow the appropriate pathway specified in the unit of study tables, based on their individual language level*. Students completing any of the pathways below will be awarded a major or minor in Modern Greek.

* Appropriate language units are determined either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate (as listed in the pathways linked above) or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If you are unsure of your language level or which pathway is appropriate for you, please contact the Department for advice.

Please note: A ‘gap’ year after Year 12 does not normally affect placement.

Learning outcomes
No. Learning outcome
1 Demonstrate a level of written and oral competence in Greek to at least Common European Framework of Reference level B1.
2 Demonstrate advanced use of the Greek language in formal and informal situations and ability to produce detailed texts on a wide range of subjects.
3 Demonstrate an ability to understand, summarize and synthesize the main ideas in a variety of complex authentic Greek texts.
4 Demonstrate sound competency in research-informed academic writing and referencing.
5 Apply appropriate professional and ethical standards to academic research and inquiry in Modern Greek Studies.
6 Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate ideas and information about Modern Greek language, culture and history to diverse audiences by using appropriate presentation techniques.
7 Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of Modern Greek culture and history.
8 Apply theoretical tools and methodologies developed in Modern Greek studies to new situations, including interdisciplinary contexts.

Advanced Coursework

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies in SLC prepares students to actively engage in the complex and culturally diverse contemporary world. Students will utilise linguistic and methodological skills developed in their previous studies to develop their knowledge of institutions, practices and ideas that permeate different cultures in the local and global context. They will be offered opportunities to participate in projects on translation, acculturation and self-reflexivity and to examine textual and social real-world problems related to topics which include translation, migration studies, cultural diversity and social integration.

Requirements and units of study for advanced coursework can be found on the Modern Greek advanced coursework units of study page.


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.

Honours admission requirements

Admission to honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and requires the completion of a major in Modern Greek with an average of 70% or above.

Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and a second major.

Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Modern Greek honours units of study page.

Contacts and further information

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