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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

Programme code:BA-AMESUCAS code:QT46
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Mustapha Sheikh Contact address:m.sheikh@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

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 & 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 will:

- Combine the advantage of providing a social science programme in conjunction with Arabic language. The combination results in wealth of topics covered in the syllabus ranging from Arabic language and linguistics, Middle Eastern culture and society, history, politics, religions and literatures of the region.

- Feature the year abroad as a distinctive component of this programme, which allows students to enhance their language competence, and also offers them the possibility to live in an Arab country, study Arabic in an Arabic speaking environment and to mix with Arab communities.

- Provide a varied range of transferable skills attractive to potential employers, for example: knowledge of other cultures and religions in a multi-cultural society, ethical and political awareness; the qualities of an intelligent global citizen.

- Provide a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates have embarked on careers in the industrial, media and journalism, commercial, diplomatic and administrative sectors, where possession of another language is increasingly advantageous. Our graduates found employment in teaching, business, finance and international banking, translation, law, tourism and diplomacy.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In level 1 students are required to study 120-125 credits. Students must study 60 credits of Arabic and 20 credits of Middle Eastern Studies modules.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB1001Beginning Arabic 1
Pre-requisite for: ARAB1002
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARAB1002Beginning Arabic 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARAB1150Early and Medieval Islamic History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1170Studying the Middle East: Culture, History, Politics and Religion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students with prior knowledge of Arabic may, subject to a placement test, study ARAB1030/ARAB3100 instead of ARAB1001/ARAB1002, as appropriate in their first year.

Optional modules:

Candidates may choose to study between 0 and 40 credits from the following optional modules.

ARAB1003Persian for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1006Turkish for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1030Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1140Muslim Beliefs: From Theology to Sunni-Shi'a Sectarianism20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

ARAB9001Arabic Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year3 - 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 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB2020Essential Skills in Practical Arabic20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB2181Cultures of the Arab Middle East and North Africa20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARAB2310Modern Middle Eastern History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB2330The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Students may also choose to study the below module (as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools

FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

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

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules or take the above FOAH module.


Year4 - 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 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB3020Advanced Skills in Arabic Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates must study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARAB3190Performing Islam: Piety and Environment in Dialogue20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARAB3888Advanced Media Arabic: Translation Skills in Text Typology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates must study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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: 29/06/2021 16:29:58

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