Hellenic Studies (18 months, Master)

Description

The MA in Hellenic Studies offers three areas of specialization: History, Archaeology/Art and Education/Cultural Heritage, and aims at offering a comprehensive study of the political, cultural, economic and social activity of the Greeks, from the antiquity to the present. Due to its diachronic and interdisciplinary character and the multiple and innovating teaching methods the programme provides students with the unique opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge of the Greek past and present and appreciate the importance of studying, perpetuating and promoting this valuable inheritance.

Program Outline



All students pursuing this degree must complete the following requirements:


Degree Requirements ECTS
Compulsory courses 30
Elective Specialization Courses 40
Master Thesis 20
Total Requirements 90


Compulsory courses 30 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
HES610 Research Methods in History 10
HES611 Research Methods in Archaeology and Art 10
HES612 Fundamental Issues in Cultural Management 10


Elective Specialization Courses 40 ECTS
The student chooses one of the following specializations:
1. History
2. Archaeology & Art
3. Education and Heritage Management
History 40
The student chooses four of the following courses:
Code Course Title ECTS
HES620 Themes of Ancient Greek History 10
HES621 Themes of Byzantine History 10
HES622 Byzantine and Latin States after the Fall of Constantinople in1204 AD 10
HES623 Greece and Europe from the 19th to the 21st century: Political, Diplomatic and Economic Relations 10
HES624 Greece and Cyprus in the post-war World, 1945-1991 10
HES625 Special Issues in Hellenic Studies: History 10
Archaeology and Art 40
The student chooses four of the following courses:
Code Course Title ECTS
HES626 Archaeological Theory and Method 10
HES627 Art and Architecture of the Classical and Hellenistic World 10
HES628 Archaeology and Art of Byzantine and Medieval Cyprus 10
HES629 Architecture and Painting in the age of the Palaiologoi 10
HES630 The Greek World and the Dilemmas of Modernity, 1821-1991: Political, Cultural and Intellectual Perspectives 10
HES631 Special Issues in Hellenic Studies: Archaeology and Art 10
Education and Heritage Management 40
The student chooses four of the following courses:
Code Course Title ECTS
HES632 Challenges of Educational Theory and Practice 10
HES633 Museum Education 10
HES634 Museums, Monuments and the Tourism Industry: Protection, Perceptions and Promotion of the Hellenic past today 10
HES635 The Hellenic Past and Present in the Media 10
HES636 The Hellenic Culture in World Educational Curricula 10
HES637 Special Issues in Hellenic Studies (Education and Cultural management 10


Master Thesis 20 ECTS
Code Course Title ECTS
HES690 Master Thesis 20


Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives
  • To advance, elaborate, strengthen and offer expertise in all aspects of the Hellenic Civilisation and its relation and interaction to the world,
  • To preserve, develop, perpetuate and promote Hellenic culture and identity in general, which includes history, Archaeology, arts, education and heritage management, together with their interaction with other world Civilisations and cultures,
  • To combine the traditional study of historical Greece with that of modern and contemporary Greece, offering a holistic understanding of Greek experience and of the various historical and contemporary forces that shaped the Greek language, history, literature, and culture over time.
  • To link humanities (Hellenic Studies) with education and cultural heritage management.
  • To provide a toolkit of transferable skills in organisation, research and analysis that will be highly prized in any field of work.
Specific Objectives
  • To collaborate with similar programmes, institutions, and centres in Cyprus and the world,
  • To establish firm relationships, cooperation, and exchanges with universities and educational / cultural institutions in Cyprus, Greece and the world;
  • To facilitate, encourage and promote research activities on issues related to Hellenic culture,
  • To encourage the organization of events on various aspects of Hellenic Civilisation, including symposia, colloquia, conferences, special courses and public lectures on various aspects of the Hellenic World given by visiting scholars and specialists, as well as cultural events, seminars and conferences addressing the cultural, social, political and economic aspects of Greek experience around the world and across time.
  • To offer first-hand experience of Cyprus and Greece by organizing in situ visits and study programmes.
  • To engage in any and all other activities as may be deemed necessary or expedient for the better realization of any of the previous purposes and objectives.
Learning Outcomes

The MA in Hellenic Studies programme will enable students to study Hellenic studies in depth and from a variety of scholarly perspectives. It is an interdisciplinary programme designed for students interested in acquiring a comprehensive study of Hellenic studies, from the antiquity to the present.

Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Develop knowledge and conceptual understanding of the Hellenic World (Greece and Cyprus) from its prehistory to today.
  • Recall the ideological factors, directly influencing the shaping of Hellenic and European identities and politics, national or otherwise, on the past and today.
  • Demonstrate the connections between the Hellenic Civilisation and world throughout the centuries.
  • Develop cognitive, methodological and epistemological skills, which enable them to deepen their knowledge on a variety of topics (including history, Archaeology, art, education, Hellenic society and economy, heritage management) of the Hellenic past and present.
  • Associate aspects of the Greek actions and activities (political, social, economic and cultural) with actions and activities in Europe and the world.
  • Present a holistic view on managing the Hellenic past and contribute to decision making, strategies development and policy making processes.
  • Assess the variety of historical, political and cultural assumptions which have determined approaches to the subject area at every period.
  • Acquire knowledge in one of the following three specialisations:
    • History,
    • Archaeology & Art,
    • Education & Heritage Management
  • Develop skills of autonomous study and research.
  • Work effectively within a group, as leaders or members.
  • Competently undertake research tasks with minimum guidance.
  • Be independent and self-critical learners, guiding the learning of others and managing own requirements for continuing professional development.
  • Operate in complex and unpredictable and/or specialised contexts and have an overview of the issues governing good practice.
  • Be able to exercise initiative and personal responsibility in professional practice.
  • Develop skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.
  • Develop a theoretical framework regarding the use of technology-mediated instructional methods, for the practical application of these methods in distance-delivered courses.
  • Applicate teaching and learning principles within the context of a variety of distance education modalities, both as a learner and as an educator.

 

More specifically, the programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

At the Cognitive level, students are expected to

  • Understand and approach the character of socio-political, economic and ideological structures in the Hellenic world from its prehistoric to modern times.
  • Understand roles, contributions and interactions of the Hellenic world in the context of inter-regional contacts with eastern Mediterranean regions, Europe and the world.

At the Epistemological level, students will

  • Develop specialized research skills required for scientific approaches, descriptions and analyses, since they will study the Hellenic world based on analytical tools and they will develop a critical approach on relevant issues.
  • Acquire the methodology in terms of scientifically approaching and analysing data that form the basis of the study of the Hellenic world diachronically.

At the Technical level, students will acquire skills on

  • Gathering, evaluating, studying and analysing specialized bibliography, scientific texts and other sources (historical, archaeological) on the Hellenic civilisation.
  • Writing original scientific / academic essays and papers following rules relating to contents, structure and academic presentation of specific material.

In terms of Comprehension, students are expected to

  • Understand and describe differences, the evolution and developments of the approaches and perceptions on the Hellenic world between the past and the present
  • Understand the necessity of linking Hellenic Studies with modern educational systems and education in general as well as to assess and define the value and the variety of the use of new technologies and the Internet in the Hellenic Studies and their advancement

In terms of Application, students are expected to

  • Apply their knowledge to design and implement activities (real or virtual/simulated) related to the Hellenic world
  • Apply comparative methods and approaches in order to propose improvements and changes at all levels

In terms of Analysis, students are expected to

  • Analyse the parameters of case studies (real or virtual/simulated) related to the Hellenic world (including research papers, excavations, museum exhibitions, educational activities)
  • Analyse the historical development of the Hellenic Studies and place every development stage in its historical, social, political and ideological context

In terms of Synthesis, students are expected to

  • Theorize information gained from the application of real or virtual/simulated examples, and use these pieces of information as the feedback of their theoretical training
  • Contribute to the creation of innovative educational Programmes and to the development of new technologies in cultural environments, connecting them to cultural policies and strategies related to the Hellenic world.

In terms of Evaluation, students are expected to

  • Assess/Evaluate work related to the Hellenic world (including research papers, historical and archaeological studies, excavations, museum exhibitions, educational Programmes and activities, heritage policies and actions)
  • Address and argue effectively on modern theoretical concepts and on examples of their application, indicating points for improvement, review and revision

In terms of Generic/transferable skills, students are expected to

  • Work effectively within a group as leaders or members.
  • Clarify tasks and make appropriate use of the capacities of group members.
  • Be able to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence.
  • Have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional study, making professional use of others where appropriate.
  • Engage confidently in academic and professional communication with others, reporting on action clearly, autonomously and competently.
  • Be independent and self-critical learners, guiding the learning of others and managing own requirements for continuing professional development.
  • Understand and analyze sources of information and to apply new information to different professional settings and tasks.
  • Communicate knowledge to a public consisting of specialists or laypersons, making use of various modes of communication.
  • Work, independently and collaboratively, on research projects that require the integration of knowledge with skills in analysis, discovery, problem solving, and communication.
  • Develop a theoretical framework regarding leadership models and change theories within the context of distance education organizations.

All the above learning outcomes are achieved through various and multiple teaching/learning strategies and assessment methods:

  • Lectures
  • Student-led presentations
  • Study printed or online material – websites, audio/video media clips –
  • Interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • Presentation of external/third party material online,
  • Commentaries and interpretation of online sources
  • Formative feedback on coursework
  • Workshops, seminars, group work, discussions and debates 
  • Class discussion and in advance preparation of set work for classes
  • Discussions and debates
  • Dissertation supervision
  • Coursework, commentaries of written texts and interpretation of material sources
  • Unseen examinations
  • Independent study and guided research
  • Oral presentations and coursework essays
  • Linguistic commentary on a document, and dissertation
  • Small-group tutorials
  • Submitting word- processed written work
  • Presenting and discussing ancient and modern texts, ideas, and cultural context
  • Discussion of culture-oriented business plans

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Careers & Employment

The programme provides a toolkit of transferable skills in organisation, research and analysis that will be highly prized in any field of work and can form the stepping stone to many career options.

 

Graduates’ employability prospects include:

  • further academic research
  • cultural and memory institutions and organizations (museums, libraries, archives, festivals, etc.)
  • local, regional national and international culture-related organizations, e.g. UNESCO, European Union institutions, Ministries and Culture and/or Tourism, local offices of culture
  • research centres and institutions
  • digital humanities projects and endeavours, including internet and mobile culture-related applications
  • the cultural tourism industry
  • culture-related policy making
  • think tanks
  • mass media
  • political parties and organizations
  • government sector
  • NGOs
  • schools and various educational institutions
  • media and the press
  • Cultural Consultancy
  • International Development

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