Modern Greek Studies & Portuguese & Brazilian Studies with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: RR95
PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's provides an unrivalled environment for aspiring students of Modern Greek and our library houses the premier collection of Greek publications in the UK.

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Penninsular language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture (both Peninsular and Latin-American), and Portuguese language. The core language modules help students refine and deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study.

The third year of this programme will be spent abroad. The year will normally be spent studying for equal periods at a university in Greece/Cyprus and Portugal/Brazil. If you are a beginner in the Portuguese language, you additionally take a one-week language course prior to the beginning of the year, and one intensive language course in Portugal prior to your second year.

You will carry out assessed coursework contributing towards your degree.

For more about the departments of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, follow the departmental contact links.




ABOUT THE Centre for Hellenic Studies

CAREERS
Language students are always sought after, and many of our students find it very useful to have one of the less common EU languages. A qualification in Modern Greek Studies will often catch the eye of an employer looking for independent-minded graduates. Our students go into a wide range of professions: law, government service, the financial industries, journalism, school and university teaching etc. Many of them choose to continue to travel and to work in careers with an international aspect.

Recent graduates have found employment as:
• Academic university posts in the UK, US, Greece & Cyprus
• Political Researcher
• Trainee Chartered Accountant, Pricewaterhousecooper
• Financial Journalist
• Theatre Director
• Post Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Asia Minor studies

TEACHING STYLE
Most of our modules are taught in small groups. Language teaching is communicative, using a wide range of authentic materials, including video/DVD and computers, while also providing a firm grounding in writing and grammatical skills. Literature, history and linguistics classes are discussion-based.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The normal length of study is four years, of which the third is spent studying abroad. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination. On your year abroad (if applicable) you will carry out assessed coursework contributing towards your degree.

LOCATION
The exceptionally rich Burrows Library of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is part of King's Library, now magnificently housed in the Maughan Library, Chancery Lane. Our geographical position makes it possible for us to collaborate with the many Greek cultural organisations based in London.

SPECIAL NOTES
All degree programmes include the requirement that the third year should be spent in study abroad, which may be either wholly in Greece or Cyprus or wholly in another country relevant to your programme of study, or be divided between the two. Exemptions from the year abroad are possible for some categories of students, including native speakers of Greek.


ABOUT THE Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

CAREERS

Your degree will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in almost limitless range of careers.

Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.


TEACHING STYLE

Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we help students to become independent, lifelong learners, who contribute to the quality of their own education.

You will be studying with staff who are experts in a rich variety of fields and whose advanced research will put you at the cutting edge of critical thinking. As you progress, you will be able to tailor your degree according to your particular interests and gain exposure to different disciplines and approaches, such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, gender and cultural studies, as well as film and visual arts.


STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the first year, you will take a core language module and a core culture module, ‘Global Iberias’. Depending on your programme, you will choose additional optional modules. In subsequent years, you will take a core language module, and choose from a variety of electives. In your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules.

Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.


LOCATION

We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.


SPECIAL NOTES

The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study (eg. under the Socrates-Erasmus programme) or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.