TRANSTERRITORIAL HELLENISM: A JOURNEY THROUGH SOME SITES

EST3TTH

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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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Herodotou

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects EST2TTH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Readings

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.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Collaborate in groups to determine how to synthesise a large volume of information and convert it into historical narrative.

Activities:
Class exercises based on tutorial readings and lectures, identifying cause and effect, ideological bias and methodologies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)

02. Collaborate in groups to write both sides of an argument, especially with relation to cause and effect.

Activities:
Group writing identifying different perspectives of the same events.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

03. Discuss the factors which affect how identity is constructed and deconstructed.

Activities:
Class discussions and online quizzes based on weekly tutorial readings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Discuss the implications of studying other peoples' cultures and histories, especially oral histories.

Activities:
Class exercises based on tutorial readings and lectures, identifying cause and effect, ideological bias and methodologies.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

05. Identify and reflect on the use of visual sources as 'textual' sources, and using them in historical inquiry.

Activities:
Class discussions on visual documentary material (weekly) as sources for historical inquiry. Integrate (with guidance) visual materials in the study of a historical/cultural issue.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Identify some ways in which Diasporas have impacted on and continue to impact on world history, particularly in the context of globalisation.

Activities:
Class discussions and online quizzes based on weekly tutorial readings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

07. Present a short talk, guide discussion in tutorials, based on tutorial readings.

Activities:
Oral presentation (group) and leadership in discussion process.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

08. Write essays about an aspect of Diaspora studies, offering a sustained argument or narrative, using primary and secondary sources, appropriate referencing and including a bibliography.

Activities:
One mid-length essays, one website review, one exam and tutorial exercises, with emphasis on developing an argument, based on primary and secondary sources, providing a bibliography.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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