Modern Greek Language and Literature – Field of study catalogue MU
Modern Greek Language and Literature
“Greek the language they gave me; poor the house on Homer's shores.” Odysseas Elytis
The objectives of this Bachelor’s degree programme are to provide students with a solid knowledge of the normative modern Greek grammar and syntax and to enable them to actively use it in speaking and writing.
The curriculum also contains a number of specialized courses which supplement and develop students’ language skills, especially courses focused on modern Greek life and customs and modern Greek literature, culture, and history. The study programme as a whole aims at providing a comprehensive knowledge of modern Greek and the culture and history of Greece.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- actively use and apply the normative grammar and syntax of modern Greek in written and spoken discourse
- understand modern Greek texts, translate them from Greek into Czech and vice versa (with the help of a dictionary), and undertake a basic textual analysis
- understand simple ancient Greek texts (with the help of a dictionary)
- use basic linguistic and literary terminology; independently search for information and bibliography concerning modern Greek studies
- thoroughly characterize modern Greek literature of the 19th and 20th centuries
- have an understanding of modern Greek history of the 19th and 20th centuries
- describe the basic characteristics of ancient Greek prose and poetry from its origins to the Roman period
- describe modern Greek life and customs, understand the cultural and historical context of modern Greece
Graduates of this Bachelor’s study programme can use their skills in many careers and job roles. They are properly qualified to work in tourism and commerce where a good command of modern Greek is necessary.
Because the study programme focuses on the acquisition of language skills, the graduates are also eligible for careers in a wide range of professions within the cultural and media sector. The graduates are also qualified for professions requiring general knowledge, independence, critical thinking skills, and a good command of foreign languages.
Graduates can increase their career opportunities by graduating from additional study programmes.
The standard duration of studies is six semesters. After the first year of the Bachelor’s studies, students have to take the Qualifying Examination (REPZk) in the main courses taught in the first two semesters.
I. Full-time single-subject studies:
For admittance to the final state examination, students must obtain a minimum of 180 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses.
Type A/required courses make up 126 credits (including credits for type A/required courses for all students of the Faculty of Arts and courses focused on writing a Bachelor’s thesis). Out of the type B/selective courses, which make up 33 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining 21 credits can be obtained from type C/elective courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme.
II. Full-time dual concentration studies:
Major field of studies:
For admittance to the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 95 ECTS credits for type A/required (82 credits minimum), type B/selective (8 credits), and type C/elective courses. Students also have to submit a Bachelor’s major thesis (REBcDip) (0 credits) and earn 10 credits for the type A/required courses for all students of the Faculty of Arts (10 credits in total for two-subject studies).
Minor field of studies:
For admittance to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 85 ECTS credits for type A/required (72 credits minimum), type B/selective (8 credits), and type C/elective courses. Students also have to submit a Bachelor’s minor thesis (REBcOb) (0 credits) and earn 10 credits for type A/required courses for all students of the Faculty of Arts (10 credits in total for two-subject studies).
During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. The study catalogues for the individual years of matriculation are available at the Faculty of Arts website.
The Bachelor’s studies end with the defence of the Bachelor’s major thesis (dual concentration students majoring in another study programme have to submit a Bachelor’s minor thesis) and the Bachelor’s final state examination.
The Bachelor’s final state examination consists of a written and an oral part; both parts must be taken in the same examination period. Students can take the oral examination only after they have successfully passed the written test. In the diploma study programme, the Bachelor’s final state examination also consists of a major thesis defence. The Bachelor’s final state examination tests the knowledge acquired in the type A/required courses of the Bachelor’s degree studies.
Students prove their knowledge of modern Greek normative grammar (without the use of a dictionary) covered in the courses Modern Greek Grammar I-IV and Modern Greek Syntax I-II. The written test consists of the following parts:
- listening (students’ ability to understand spoken discourse is examined)
- grammar (exercises, translations of Czech sentences into modern Greek; students’ ability to apply normative grammar is examined)
- text analysis (passive translation; students’ understanding of a written text is examined)
- active translation (students’ writing skills and application of the lexicon are examined)
- conversation in modern Greek on a selected topic (the conversation topics are based on the culture and history of modern Greece, covered in the courses Askisis me lektora I-VI and Neoellinikos politismos I-II)
- students’ knowledge of modern Greek literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, covered in the courses Modern Greek Literature of the 19th Century and Modern Greek Literature of the 20th Century, is examined
- students’ knowledge of modern Greek literature, both in original and translation, at least within the scope of assigned readings, is examined; the reading list will be presented by the student during the examination
- general knowledge of the history of Greece of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the life and customs of the Greeks (course History of Greece of the 19th and 20th Centuries) is examined
The list of topics for the oral part of the Bachelor’s final state examination (history, literature, conversation) and the list of reading assignments are available as ‘Study Materials’ of the REBcZk (Bachelor’s final state examination in Modern Greek Language and Literature).
After completion of the Bachelor’s studies, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master’s degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).
At the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University students can apply for admission to a follow-up Master’s degree in Modern Greek Language and Literature. If students successfully pass the final Bachelor’s state examination, they may not be obliged to take the entrance examination.