Modern Greek Language and Literature

"Greek the language they gave me; poor the house on Homer's shores." Odysseas Elytis

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The objectives of this Master’s degree study programme are to deepen student knowledge and language competence acquired in the Bachelor’s degree study programme. Student knowledge is expanded to include the middle phase of the development of Greek language, history, and culture, and above all to literature of the Byzantine period and the period of Ottoman rule.

Students specialize in subjects of their interest and choose type B/selective courses in the following areas: diachronic linguistics, history of literature, translation, and tourism (scholarly knowledge of tourist guides to Greece).

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • thoroughly characterize and interpret the phonological and morphological development of Greek from Koine to Demotic Greek
  • understand texts written in Byzantine Greek or in Katharevousa and translate (with the help of a dictionary) and interpret them
  • translate scholarly texts from Czech into Greek, translate scholarly/literary texts from Greek into Czech; evaluate the level of translation; formulate basic theoretical problems of translation
  • have an understanding of the history of the Byzantine Empire and the historical development of modern Greece (from the fall of Constantinople to the beginning of national revolution)
  • describe the main characteristics of Byzantine and early modern Greek literature from the 15th to 18th centuries
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The graduates of this Master’s degree study programme can use their skills in many careers and job roles.

They are highly qualified to work as translators in the field of literary and commercial translation, as interpreters from Greek to Czech and vice versa, as teachers in language schools, and as academic teachers.

Graduates can also work in tourism and in areas where an excellent command of modern Greek is required (diplomacy and the commercial sector, e.g. banking sector).

Because the study programme focuses on the acquisition of language skills, graduates are also eligible for careers in a wide range of professions within the cultural and media sector. Graduates are also qualified for professions requiring general knowledge, independent critical thinking skills, and a good command of foreign languages.

The graduates can increase their career opportunities by graduating from other study programmes.

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The standard duration of studies is four semesters.

I. Full-time single-subject study programme:

For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses.

Type A/required courses make up 70 credits (including credits for courses required for all students of the Faculty of Arts and courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis). Out of the type B/selective courses, which make up 38 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining 12 credits can be earned 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 double-subject study programme:

Major field of studies:

For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 70 ECTS credits for type A/required (54 credits), type B/selective (14 credits), and type C/elective courses. Students also have to submit a Master’s major thesis (REMgrDip) (0 credits). Students earn 2 credits for language courses, required for all students of the Faculty of Arts (4 credits in total for two-subject studies).

Minor field of studies:

For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 50 ECTS credits for type A/required (34 credits), type B/selective (14 credits), and type C/elective courses. Students also have to submit a Master’s minor thesis (REMgrOb) (0 credits). Students earn 2 credits for language courses, required for all students of the Faculty of Arts (4 credits in total for double-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.

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The Master’s degree study programme ends with the defence of the Master’s major thesis (double-subject students majoring in another field of study have to submit a Master’s minor thesis) and the Master’s final state examination.

The Master’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 Master’s final state examination also consists of a major thesis defence. The Master’s final state examination tests the knowledge acquired in the required courses of the Master’s degree study programme.

Written part:

- a translation of a text from Czech into modern Greek (dictionaries are not allowed)

- a translation of a text from modern Greek into Czech (dictionaries are not allowed)

- an essay on a given topic (dictionaries are not allowed)

Students’ advanced writing skills in modern Greek are examined.

Oral part:

- conversation in modern Greek on a selected topic

- student knowledge of Byzantine and modern Greek literature, covered in the courses Introduction to Byzantology and Greek Literature of the 16th to 18th Centuries, is examined

- student knowledge of Byzantine and modern Greek literature, both in the original and in 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 in the 16th to 18th centuries (course History of Greece in the 16th to 18th Centuries) is examined

The list of topics for the oral part of the Master’s final state examination (history, literature, conversation) and the list of reading assignments are available as study materials of the RESZk (Master’s degree final state examination in Modern Greek Language and Literature).

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After completion of the Master’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in any doctoral degree study programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).

At the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University, students can apply for admission to the doctoral degree study programme in Modern Greek Language and Literature.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Modern Greek Language and Literature
Abbreviation: RE
Code: 7310T113
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N6107 N-HS Humanities
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