Neo-Greek Studies is the academic study of modern Greek culture, literature and language in the early modern and modern times. The subject of Neo-Greek Studies extends to today's Greece and Cyprus, to the worldwide Neo-Greek diaspora and to the history of the Greek-speaking regions in the former Ottoman Empire and in Southeastern Europe. Central sub-areas of the subject, which are comprehensively represented in research and teaching, are the modern Greek language system and its history and the modern Greek cultural and literary history in its relationship to both the ancient and Byzantine tradition and modern national literature. Comparative and literary or cultural theory shaped, Berlin's Neo-Greek Studies aims to embed modern Greek literary and cultural studies in a pan-European framework as well as in the theoretical and methodological innovations that are being tried out in the neighboring literary and cultural studies. Her main research interests are the history of modern Greek literature and ideas since the 18th century, the German-Greek cultural transfer and the history of books and reading.

The bachelor’s degree covers the study areas of Modern Greek language, language history, translation theory and practice as well as Modern Greek history, culture and literature in the early modern period and in modern times and imparts methodological skills in neo-Greek studies and the academic use of language, Literature and culture. Central contents of the literary and cultural studies modules are the history of ideas and culture of the modern Greek cultural world, the history of the Greek state of the Republic of Cyprus as well as the worldwide Greek diaspora, the actors and areas of action of the German-Greek knowledge and culture transfer,

The 30 and 60 CP modules offered in other courses do not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

Modern Greek Studies is combined as a 90 CP core subject with a 60 CP module offer or two 30 CP module offers. The 60 CP module offering combines Neo-Greek Studies or the Modern Greek Language and Culture module with a core subject. As a 30 CP module offer, Neo-Greek Studies is combined with a core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

The study of Neo-Greek Studies as a 90-CP core subject and as a 60-CP module offer as well as the study of the 60-CP module offer Modern Greek Language and Culture are divided into a basic, advanced and deepening phase as well as the general vocational preparation study area. The 30-CP module offering in Neo-Greek Studies is divided into a basic and advanced phase.

In the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, a multi-week internship as well as a pre-vocational and at least one further interdisciplinary course are completed in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted.

 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, as well as an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the Bachelor 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.

Module offer

Basic phase

module  Modern Greek language A
module Modern Greek language B

Build-up phase

module  Modern Greek language I
module  Modern Greek history I.

Consolidation phase

module  Modern Greek language II
module Either Modern Greek History II OR Modern Greek Literature

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a further course of study. If Neo-Greek Studies is being studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

Bachelor graduates in Neo-Greek Studies have basic and in-depth specialist knowledge in Neo-Greek Studies as well as skills that qualify them for a job or a further course of study. The professional qualification applies to almost all professional fields in which the focus is on analytical, interpretative, textual and contextual understanding, as well as communicative and intercultural skills. In particular, graduates can work in institutions of the literary and cultural sector, such as museums, libraries, publishers, literary houses, theaters or media, press and public relations as well as activities in the tourism industry.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for managerial positions or employment in research and teaching.

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