Skip to Content

Bachelor of Hellenic Studies


Faculty of Arts
Bachelor of Hellenic Studies (BHellenicSt)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.5 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Of your 72 credit points, complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

Introduction to Ancient Greek History (3)
Myth in the Ancient World (3)
Greek Heroes and Heroines: From Achilles to Zorba (3)
Modern Greek History and Culture (3)
Ancient Greek A (3)

200 level

The Classical Traditions of Thought (3)
Ancient Greek B (3)
Intermediate Modern Greek I (3)
Intermediate Modern Greek II (3)

300 level

Hellenic Studies Capstone (3)
Ancient Greek C (3)
Ancient Greek D (3)
International Studies Internship (3)
Advanced Modern Greek I (3)
Advanced Modern Greek II (3)
Byzantium in the Age of the Emperors, 306-1453AD (3)
The Hellenistic Age (3)


6cp from
Introductory Modern Greek I (3)
Introductory Modern Greek II (3)
Advanced Modern Greek III (3)
Advanced Modern Greek IV (3)

Balance of credit points required:



Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.

AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 083742G
Overview and Aims of the Program Students completing a Bachelor of Hellenic Studies develop proficiency in Modern and Ancient Greek across a range of modes of communication. They gain an understanding of Greek society and culture throughout history. Students learn about cultural differences and analyse the relationship between language and culture. The Macquarie University Hellenic Studies degree is unique in Australia, combining studies of modern and ancient language with Ancient History and contemporary Greek culture. It includes opportunities for innovative modes of learning including online delivery, in-country studies and internships. Students within this program are prepared for further study in Hellenic Studies and related fields through systematic acquisition of language proficiency, underpinned by a range of assessment methods. The program will powerfully enhance the employability of our graduates within the broad disciplines of ancient and modern world studies, allowing them the capacity to engage directly at an advanced level with original source material.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes
Identify the role of the Greek language in its cultural and socio-historical setting. (k,t)
Recognize structural properties of the Greek language and aspects of its variation and change. (k,c)
Discuss past and present cultural productions of Ancient and Modern Greece. (k,p)
Identify and recall grammatical structures and vocabulary appropriate to level of study. (k,t,p)
Recognize the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories of Hellenic studies. (k)

Conceptualise, apply, analyse, synthesize and/or evaluate historical information about Hellenic Studies, gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication. [k,t,e,a,l]
Examine the role of the Greek language in its cultural and societal setting, and evaluate this role in local and global situations. [k,t,I,a]

Examine a variety of ancient and modern texts and integrate knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to interpret meaning. [k,t,p,i, j]

Apply linguistic skills creatively and critically in new contexts and make use ofrelevant grammatical and lexical reference tools for academic and professional purposes. [k, t, p, i, c, j, l]

Formulate arguments and articulate ideas to an advanced level and to the outside world [k, t, p, i, c, e, a, j, l]
Analyse and investigate the significance of languages for the study of ancient and modern cultures [k,t,p,l]
Demonstrate historical knowledge (personalities, events, periods) and issues (ideologies, philosophies, traditions) according to intellectual, methodological, and/or ethical principles via a wide variety of presentation methods. [k, t, p, c]
Learning and Teaching Methods We expect our students to engage with learning and achieve the learning outcomes through:

• production of assessment tasks designed to develop and integrate knowledge and skills and support their application [acquisition]
• independent and in-class practice to reinforce knowledge and skills [practice]
• teacher-led discussion of key historical features and themes pertaining to the study of Greece, Rome, and Late Antiquity [discussion]
• collaboration in group activities [collaboration]
• critical engagement with primary/secondary evidence and material culture (especially at advanced levels) [production]
• inquiry within the research component of assessment tasks (especially at advanced levels) [inquiry]

Across this program we employ blended learning to support these processes. Production of assessments, collaborative work, and discussions of linguistic and historical features and themes pertaining to the study of Ancient and Modern Greek language, Hellenic history and culture are coordinated using iLearn sites in combination with class-room teaching.

We consider that the comprehensive study of the Ancient and Modern Greek language, Hellenic history and culture is a key component in the understanding of both past and present cultures. We focus on evidence, ancient and modern, as artefacts, incorporating extensive analysis of documentary materials (inscriptions, papyri, ostraca, etc.) as well as literary texts and material culture. This broad spectrum of information provide the basis for critical engagement and inquiry into the significance of historical and contemporary features and themes for the study of Hellenic culture, pursued especially at advanced levels of this program.

This degree offers the comprehensive study of the history, society, religions, material culture and language of the Hellenic world from Ancient Greece, (c 1500 BCE), Classical and Hellenistic periods, to the early medieval and Byzantine, and modern times. Students will study events and personalities from the Greek heroes in the Trojan war, the genesis of democracy, Alexander the Great and Hellenistic successors down to the makers of medieval Europe and the last emperors of Byzantium. They will engage in a study of the cultural patterns and traditions that make up our modern understanding of the ancient and modern Hellas.
Assessment The assessment methods used to assess learning outcomes vary in some respects according to the specific demands of individual units. The methods used across the program (not at every level for every unit) may be summarized as follows:

• Tests on historical, cultural and linguistic information assess foundational knowledge and skills.
• Formal tutorial participation (incorporating directed discussion of questions set for each meeting or online forum) as well as individual and/or group presentations assess the integration of foundational knowledge and skills.
• Evidence-based analyses and essays (especially at higher levels) test not only the integration of foundational knowledge and skills, but also foster the creative application of historical skills and analysis of ancient cultures.
• spoken and written tasks allow students to be creative, express themselves and engage with the Greek-speaking world.
• Final examinations allow students to demonstrate their overall command of unit content.

Assessment tasks are carefully graduated to guide and focus engagement with the learning outcomes. Carefully scaffolded and sequenced assessment tasks are a feature (including low-risk activities, a quota of formal weighted tasks, and/or a final examination), encouraging regular practice and reinforcement of knowledge and skills and their integrated application. Modified development of content across assessments is also important to this program's methodology, with a view to systematic development of control over the learning outcomes.
The assessment regime is designed to account for both assessment of learning and assessment for learning. In-class or online quizzes periodically test student control over foundational knowledge and skills. Evidence-based oral and/or written exercises provide both a process by which students can learn to integrate the foundational knowledge and skills and an opportunity to assess their competency in this area. Textual, documentary and material analyses and essays continue to assess foundational knowledge and historical skills. They also require students to put these skills to new uses by formulating arguments and applying their communicative and analytical skills creatively in a broader context. Final examinations provide a summative assessment of command over unit content.

Naturally enough, this assessment regime encourages and rewards regular and systematic learning. Specific assessments also foster independent investigation, the development of research skills, and reflection on the significance of historical features and themes for the study of relevant ancient cultures. To this end, regular practice and revision of knowledge and skills are crucial. The program deploys early low-risk assessments, major research-based assessments, and final overview-assessments.

Students need to be alert to the value of working regularly and systematically to gain maximum benefit from units (nine hours per week per unit, as per the University’s expectations). For staff the effective teaching of language, ancient and modern world studies pertaining to Greece is inevitably labour-intensive. The program addresses this by mixing automated quizzes (where appropriate) with traditional marking practices. A central aim of this major is to harmonize excellence in learning and teaching with the balancing of workload pressures.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability A Bachelor of Hellenic Studies gives students a proficiency in Modern and Ancient Greek language and culture which they can apply to their professional endeavours in a range of fields or as preparation for professional or research degrees at the post-graduate level. The Bachelor of Hellenic Studies can also be combined with degrees in Law and Education, giving graduates in those areas distinctive additional communication skills and cultural knowledge to distinguish them from their peers.

Career options for students completing a Bachelor of Hellenic Studies:
• International public sector
• Communications and media
• Travel and tourism
• Translation and Interpreting
• Education (vocational, secondary)
• Consulting
• Academic – Ancient History
• Academic – related fields (e.g. archaeology)
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148