Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore issues in the modern construction of ethno-national, civic, multiple and other identities. We examine the evolution of the concept of "Hellenism" and the diversity of its manifestations in various parts of the modern world by way of an imaginary journey through the cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Thessaloniki, London, Nicosia, New York, and Melbourne. We explore the life of Greeks as Ottoman subjects, students and scholars, victims of genocide, political exiles, guest-workers, Europeans, and citizens of multi-cultural states, as well as the impact of the Greek Orthodox Church, Greek irredentism, political conflict and modernisation on Greek identity. Competing visions of Hellenism that developed in these cities will be juxtaposed to the realities of Greece today.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Herodotou

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects EST3TTH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to enrolment numbers, staff and funding availability

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDiasporas in world politics. The Greeks in comparative perspective,PrescribedConstas, D. and Platias, A. (eds.)MACMILLAN 1993.
ReadingsModern Diasporas in International Politics,PrescribedSheffer, G. (ed.)CROOM HELM 1986.
ReadingsThe Greek Diaspora in the twentieth century,PrescribedClogg, R. (ed.)MACMILLAN 1999.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Herodotou

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one final examination (1200-word eqivalent)30
one research essay (1200-word equivalent)30
one web-site review (800-word eqivalent)20
online quizzes (800-word equivalent)20