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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Middle Eastern Studies

Programme code:BA-MIDEASTSTUCAS code:T600
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Mustapha Sheikh Contact address:m.sheikh@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder
A-level: ABB

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 - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

The programme will equip students with a wide-ranging background on the history, politics and culture of the Middle East. This would qualify them to work in Middle East related fields, or pursue further advanced studies on the Middle East. No knowledge of Arabic is required although students with Arabic are welcome.

Middle Eastern Studies is a popular and expanding field, especially in the light of the rising importance and relevance of the area in international affairs. This programme would offer a valuable opportunity for in-depth study of the Middle East without the need to master the language.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB1030Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep 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)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 60 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB1003Persian for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1006Turkish for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB1015Arabic for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PIED1201Global Development Challenges20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

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

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules to bring their total to 120 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:

ARAB2181Cultures of the Arab Middle East and North Africa20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARAB2310Modern Middle Eastern History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB2330The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

ARAB2007Arabic for Beginners 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB2015The Shari’a: Theory, Practice, Transformations20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB2190Global Jihad: From the Taliban to ISIS20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP2180The Sociology of Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

- 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.

may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules or take the above FOAH module as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools


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:

ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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)

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

ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARAB3100Arabic for Beginners 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB3120The Hadith: History, Criticism and Canonisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB3190Performing Islam: Piety and Environment in Dialogue20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan 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)

Discovery modules:

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

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