Courses

Hellenic Studies Program Fall 2020 Course Offerings

Elementary Modern Greek I, Maria Kaliambou

MGRK 110
M-F 9:25-10:15

An introduction to modern Greek, with emphasis on oral expression. Use of communicative activities, graded texts, written assignments, grammar drills, audiovisual material, and contemporary documents. In-depth cultural study.

Intermediate Modern Greek I, Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 130
M-F 10:30-11:20

Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in modern Greek. Presentation of short research projects related to modern Greece.

Advanced Modern Greek, Maria Kaliambou
MGRK 151
MWF 11:35-12:25

Advanced language course intended to further develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, while sharpening students’ sensitivity toward modern Greek culture.

Family in Greek Literature and Film, George Syrimis
MGRK218/FILM243/WGSS245
Th 1:30-3:20
 
The structure and multiple appropriations of the family unit, with a focus on the Greek tradition. The influence of aesthetic forms, including folk literature, short stories, novels, and film, and of political ideologies such as nationalism, Marxism, and totalitarianism. Issues related to gender, sibling rivalry, dowries and other economic factors, political allegories, feminism, and sexual and social violence both within and beyond the family.
 

Dionysus in Modernity, George Syrimis
MGRK216/LITR239/WGSS209/CLCV216
F 1:30-3:20

Modernity’s fascination with the myth of Dionysus. Questions of agency, identity and community, and psychological integrity and the modern constitution of the self. Manifestations of Dionysus in literature, anthropology, and music; the Apollonian-Dionysiac dichotomy; twentieth-century variations of these themes in psychoanalysis, surrealism, and magical realism.
 

Populism 
MGRK237/SOCY389/PLSC375/LAST386/GLBL215
Th, F 1:30-3:20

Investigation of the populist phenomenon in party systems and the social movement arena. Conceptual, historical, and methodological analyses are supported by comparative assessments of various empirical instances in the US and around the world, from populist politicians such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, to populist social movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.