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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Arabic and Islamic Studies

Programme code:BA-ARAB&ISUCAS code:TVP6
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sameh Hanna Contact address:S.Hanna@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Language and related studies

Programme specification:

The programme proposes to be a distinctive and highly relevant degree for today's multi-cultural and multi-faith society. It embraces both the traditional Islamic sciences as well as a study of Islam in the modern world.

It is designed for students with no knowledge of Arabic who wish to concentrate on both the religious theological aspects of Islamic culture and civilisation, and the Arabic language.

The year abroad is also a distinctive feature of this programme, allowing students not only to enhance their language competence, but also offers them the possibility to live in a Muslim country, and to mix with Muslim communities.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB1001Beginning Arabic 120 creditsSemester 1
ARAB1002Beginning Arabic 220 creditsSemester 2
ARAB1100Introduction to Islamic Theology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1150Early and Medieval Islamic History20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may choose to take between 0 and 40 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB1003Persian for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1006Turkish for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1030Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1160Introduction to the Middle East: Politics, Culture and Religion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO1960Religion in Modern Britain10 creditsSemester 1

As part of your induction to academic work, and in order to provide you with additional support in key areas of your programme, students are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to undertake the following 5-credit Study Skills module. This module resides above the required 120 credits students take in Level 1 and as such it is not compulsory, but it draws together key guidance that augments provision elsewhere.

MODL1500LCS Academic Essentials5 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules to bring their total to 125 credits for the year.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates spend this year in an Arabic-speaking country approved by the School.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

ARAB9001Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB2010Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2020Essential Skills in Practical Arabic20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2280Islamic Law: Theory and Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates must study one module (20 credits) from this group of modules:

ARAB2180Culture and Society in the Arab World20 creditsSemester 1
ARAB2320The Qur'an: History, Text and Intepretation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates must study between 20 and 40 credits from the following group:

ARAB2066Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2075Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature20 creditsNot running in 201718
ARAB2310Modern Middle Eastern History20 creditsSemester 2
ARAB2880Contemporary Arabic Media20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB3010Arabic Stylistics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3020Advanced Skills in Arabic Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates must study one module (20 credits) from the following group:

ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1
ARAB3120The Hadith: History, Criticism and Canonisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates are required to study between 20 and 40 credits from the following group:

ARAB3050Arab Drama on Stage and Screen20 creditsSemester 1
ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3140Authoritarianism and Democratisation in the Arab World20 creditsNot running in 201718
ARAB3888Advanced Media Arabic: Translation Skills in Text Typology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 10/08/2017

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