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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Islamic Studies

Programme code:BA-ISLAMUCAS code:V622
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sameh Hanna Contact address:S.Hanna@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder

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

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

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

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 the religious theological aspects of Islamic culture and civilisation. However, those who do not have any knowledge of Arabic are encouraged to undertake a basic course (Beginning Arabic for one semester - 20 credits).

The course also welcomes native speakers of Arabic who will not need further training in the language.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB1015Arabic for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1140Muslim Beliefs: From Theology to Sunni-Shi'a Sectarianism20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1150Early and Medieval Islamic History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 60 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
THEO1960Religion in Modern Britain10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

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


Year2 - 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:

ARAB2015The Shari’a: Theory, Practice, Transformations20 creditsSemester 2
ARAB2180Culture and Society in the Arab World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2320The Qur'an: History, Text and Intepretation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB2007Arabic for Beginners 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2066Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2190Global Jihad: From the Taliban to ISIS20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2310Modern Middle Eastern History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

- Candidates will be required to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.
- ARAB modules may be chosen as Discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 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:

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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules:

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB3050Arab Drama on Stage and Screen20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3100Arabic for Beginners 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3140Authoritarianism and Democratisation in the Arab World20 creditsNot running in 201920

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

- Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.
- ARAB modules may be chosen as Discovery modules.

Last updated: 20/06/2019

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