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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Middle Eastern Studies and Politics

Programme code:BA-MES&POLIUCAS code:TLQ2
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Alessio Baldini Contact address:a.baldini@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:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/sbs-languages-cultures-and-societies-15.pdf?sfvrsn=2098f781_12
Politics and International Relations:
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/sbs-politics-15.pdf?sfvrsn=ee95f781_14

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours student but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.

General
- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds joint honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available.
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree.
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 40 credits in each of their two main subjects, a 20 credit cornerstone module and 20 credits of discovery modules. The discovery credits may take the form of either further modules in one or both main subjects or of one or more modules chosen from other subject areas.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB1150Early and Medieval Islamic History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1170Studying the Middle East: Culture, History, Politics and Religion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of discovery modules


Year2 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects. Of the remaining credits, 20 credits should be taken in one of the named subjects; the final 20 credits may be taken as discovery modules or in either of the named subjects.

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:

ARAB2180Culture and Society in the Arab World20 creditsSemester 2
ARAB2310Modern Middle Eastern History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study 20 credits from the following options:

ARAB2066Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following Political Theory modules:

PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following Government and Political Systems modules:

PIED2100British Central Government20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may choose to take additional credits from the following optional modules (if not taken above):

ARAB2066Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED2100British Central Government20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2204Development Theory and Practice20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2711Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2721Approaches to Analysis20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2810Career Planning for POLIS Students20 creditsNot running in 202021

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year3 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits, which includes a 40-credit Final Year Project Module. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects: the Final Year Project module can be taken in - and count towards - either of their two subjects. Any remaining credits should be taken as optional modules in either of the named subjects, or as Discovery modules.

Compulsory modules:

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
PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

If PIED3750 is taken, students must take at least 40 credits from the following list:

ARAB3050Arab Drama on Stage and Screen20 creditsNot running in 202021
ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1
ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3140Authoritarianism and Democratisation in the Arab World20 creditsNot running in 202021
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.

If MODL3300 or MODL3350 is taken, students must take at least 40 credits from the following list:

PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3160Prime Ministers and British Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3170The End of British Politics?20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3206The Politics of Aid20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3302Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3403Politics of Islamism20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3503Crisis Diplomacy: Coercion, Sanctions and the Use of Force in International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3504Critically Analysing The Responsibility to Protect20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3505Dirty War: Insurgency, the State and Cities20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3603Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience20 creditsNot running in 202021
PIED3606Machiavelli and the Making of Modernity20 credits 
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 credits 
PIED3617Reimagining Politics: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

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