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2021/22 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 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1170Studying the Middle East: Culture, History, Politics and Religion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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:

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 are required to study 20 credits from the following options:

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)

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

PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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

PIED2100British Central Government20 creditsNot running in 202122
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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

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)
PIED2100British Central Government20 creditsNot running in 202122
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2204Development Theory and Practice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2711Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2721Approaches to Analysis20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 in a third subject, pursue additional modules in the two named subjects or take the above FOAH module


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 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB3190Performing Islam: Piety and Environment in Dialogue20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3410Contemporary World Literature20 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)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- 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 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3160Prime Ministers and British Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3170The End of British Politics?20 creditsNot running in 202122
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3199The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3302Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe20 creditsNot running in 202122
PIED3304Extreme Right Parties20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3342Gender and Security in Global Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3503Crisis Diplomacy: Coercion, Sanctions and the Use of Force in International Relations20 credits 
PIED3504Critically Analysing The Responsibility to Protect20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 credits 
PIED3617Reimagining Politics: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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.

Last updated: 03/08/2021 15:03:43

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