Overview

Overview

The study of Byzantine Studies deals with the history, culture, religion, art, science, economy and politics in the Byzantine Empire (330-1453) as well as with their effects on neighboring and subsequent cultures. Byzantine history began with the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337) and the founding of Constantinople (330). The Byzantine Empire perished on May 29, 1453 when the capital was conquered by the Ottomans. Its culture continues to this day, even in modern Turkey.

The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire emerged from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the late 4th century and initially encompassed the entire eastern Mediterranean, later mainly Asia Minor, Greece, the Balkan Peninsula and parts of southern Italy. Constantinople, ancient Byzantium and today's Istanbul should be mentioned as the political and cultural center.

Program Structure

Byzantine Studies are combined with a 90-CP core subject as a 60-credit module. Byzantine Studies are combined as 30 CP modules with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

The course structure to be completed with the 60 CP module offer depends on whether the Graecum * or a modern Greek language ** is proven.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Byzantine Studies as a 60 CP module offer

Basic module Basics of the Modern Greek Language * or Basics of the Ancient Greek Language **
Basic module Introduction to Byzantine Studies
Basic module Byzantine history
Extension module Byzantine literature
Extension module Byzantine Greek
Extension module Byzantine folk literature in the early Greek culture
Extension module Byzantine history B.

Byzantine Studies as a 30 CP module offer

Basic module Introduction to Byzantine Studies
Basic module Byzantine history
Extension module Byzantine history A.
Extension module Byzantine literature

Additional entry requirements

One of the four academic languages: English, French, Italian or Russian (level B1 GER). For the 60 CP module offer, additional: Graecum or modern Greek language (level B1 GER); possibly pre-study language course.

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Since Byzantine Studies is studied as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.


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