Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

BA (Hons) Arabic and Islamic Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Arabic and Islamic Studies Programme codeUFA4IAIIAI01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This Exeter-based programme is studied over four years with Year 2 being study abroad in an Arab country.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme combines a strong Arabic language basis with an emphasis on understanding Islam as a world religion and civilisation in its contemporary and historical manifestations in diverse Muslim cultures and ways of life. Its first aim is to provide sufficient training in reading classical Arabic, so that you will be able to read and interpret the foundational texts of Islam (Quran, hadith, etc.) and Arabic writings from the classical religious sciences. Secondly, the study-abroad stage provides an intensive first-hand acquaintance with Islam in practice in one particular cultural and social setting; such in-depth familiarity with the actual diversity and complexities of religious life in real-world settings is indispensable to the serious study of any religious tradition. Finally, you should become familiar with the broad historical development of Islam as a world religion and civilisation, within different historical, geographic, and cultural settings, from the earliest period down to the present day, through a broad range of required and elective courses on Islam as a religion and ways of life, the Islamic humanities, Islamic spirituality and devotional life, Islamic thought, anthropological approaches within the study of religion, Islamic history and civilisation, and contemporary Islamic issues.
Other academic and transferable personal skills: In addition to the subject-specific educational aims, the Programme is intended to develop a wider range of related academic and personal transferable skills outlined in detail in the following Section 12.

4. Programme Structure

This Exeter-based programme is studied over four years with Year 2 (Stage 2 below) being study abroad in an Arab country. The programme is arranged into three terms each year and is divided into units of study called modules. Language modules have a value of 30 or 60 credits; non-language modules are worth 15 or 30 credits; and the BA dissertation is worth 30 credits.

The full list of modules at IAIS is available at http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/undergraduate/modules/

In order to proceed to stage 2, students must achieve an average of 40% across their stage 1 modules and pass any modules that are designated non-condonable. Students may progress to the next stage (or in the final year, to proceed to the award of an honours degree) once they have passed 90 credits and achieved an average of 40% or more for modules taken in their current stage.

Those modules below marked with an asterisk (*) are non-condonable: if failed, the failed assessment(s) must be retaken, for a maximum possible mark of 40%. The consequences of failing more than 30 credits in a year, or of failing a module at the second attempt, are explained in the School assessment procedures.

DEGREE CLASSIFICATION RULES

For a 4-year programme the classification is calculated by weighting the stages:
Stage 1: does not count towards classification.
Stage 2 (abroad): 1 07.70 %
Stage 3: 4 30.77 %
Stage 4: 8 61.53 %

Each stage comprises 120 credits.

Interim Awards

In exceptional circumstances, you may exit this award with a Certificate in Higher Education in Arabic and Islamic Studies where you have achieved 120 credits at stage 1 or a Diploma in Higher Education in Arabic and Islamic Studies where you have achieved 240 credits across stages 1 and 2, with at least 90 of these from stage 2.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

The BA Arabic and Islamic Studies degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can also take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Students may choose optional modules within the above schema within the following credit framework:

  • No more that 150 credits of level 1 modules may be taken
  • No less than 90 credits of level 3 modules may be taken
  • No level 1 modules from either within the Institute or the University more generally may normally be taken at final stage (3 or 4 as appropriate) of the degree.

A module may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows, and subject to restrictions.

Stage 1


You will take intensive Arabic language training to prepare you for your Year Abroad in Year 2. You will also study the basic principles of Islam and the history, politics, culture and economics of the Middle East.

105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA1033 Elementary Arabic Language 60Yes
ARA1016 Reading and Translation 15Yes
ARA1009 History and Society in the Middle East 15No
ARA1018 Introduction to Islam 15No

Optional Modules

And one 15 credit module in IAIS or elsewhere:

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARAS1UG2016-17

 

ARA1010 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
ARA1013 Elementary Persian 15 No
ARA1015 Arabic for Beginners 30 No
ARA1016 Reading and Translation 15 No
ARA1018 Introduction to Islam 15 No
ARA1020 Elementary Persian 2 15 No
ARA1021 Introduction to Persian History and Culture 15 No
ARA1031 Elementary Turkish I 15 No
ARA1032 Elementary Turkish II 15 No
ARA1034 Elementary Indonesian 1 15 No
ARA1035 Elementary Indonesian 2 15 No
ARA1036 Histories of the Middle East, 600-1800 C.E. 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


You will spend a year in the Arab world studying Arabic. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA2000 Year Abroad 120Yes
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


You will continue your Arabic language studies at an intermediate level and be introduced to Qur’anic Arabic. You will also choose from a range of modules covering the philosophy, theology, practices, traditions, poetry, and law of Islam. You may also study Persian or Kurdish if you wish.

Not all optional modules will be available every year and the list may be supplemented by additional level 2 Islamic Studies modules in any particular year.

45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA2139 Intermediate Arabic Language II 30Yes
ARA2144 Reading Qur'anic Arabic 15No

Optional Modules

And 45 credits from: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/undergraduate/modules/

Not all optional modules will be available every year and the list may be supplemented by additional level 2 Islamic Studies modules in any particular year. 

And 30 credits of optional modules available either in the IAIS or elsewhere in the University.

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARAS1UG2016-17

 

ARA1010 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
ARA1013 Elementary Persian 15 No
ARA1015 Arabic for Beginners 30 No
ARA1016 Reading and Translation 15 No
ARA1018 Introduction to Islam 15 No
ARA1020 Elementary Persian 2 15 No
ARA1021 Introduction to Persian History and Culture 15 No
ARA1031 Elementary Turkish I 15 No
ARA1032 Elementary Turkish II 15 No
ARA1034 Elementary Indonesian 1 15 No
ARA1035 Elementary Indonesian 2 15 No
ARA1036 Histories of the Middle East, 600-1800 C.E. 15 No
Arabic Stage 2 modules 2017-8
ARA2010 Work Placement 30 No
ARA2011 Year Abroad Arabic Media Project 30 No
ARA2012 Year Abroad 0 No
ARA2118 Gender-Identity and Modernity in the Middle East 15 No
ARA2132 Islamic Law and Society 15 No
ARA2134 Ethnography of the Middle East 15 No
ARA2135 Conflict and Peace making Palestine/Israel 15 No
ARA2141 Intermediate Persian 15 No
ARA2148 Arabic for Beginners II 30 No
ARA2150 Muslims in Britain 15 No
ARA2151 Intermediate Persian II 15 No
ARA2160 Islamic Movements: From the Muslim Brothers to Al-Qa'ida 15 No
ARA2161 The Historiography of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 15 No
ARA2162 Political Economy of Development in the Middle East 15 No
ARA2166 Revolution, Reform or Status Quo 15 No
ARA2170 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 15 No
ARA2171 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 30 No
ARA2014 Regions and Empires in Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARA2146 Islamic Theological Traditions 15 No
ARA2173 Living and Communicating in the Arab World 0 No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120

Stage 4


You will continue your language studies at an advanced level and write your dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic of personal interest. You will also study a choice of modules based on the specific research interests of your lecturers, including the reading of Islamic texts.

75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA3103 Advanced Arabic Language 30Yes
ARA3106 Dissertation 30No
ARA3138 Foundational Islamic Texts: Qur'an and Hadith 15No

Optional Modules

And 30 credits from http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/undergraduate/modules/

Not all optional modules will be available every year and the list may be supplemented by additional level 2 and 3 Islamic Studies modules in any particular year. 

And one 15 credit module in IAIS or elsewhere in the University.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Arabic Stage 2 modules 2017-8
ARA2010 Work Placement 30 No
ARA2011 Year Abroad Arabic Media Project 30 No
ARA2012 Year Abroad 0 No
ARA2118 Gender-Identity and Modernity in the Middle East 15 No
ARA2132 Islamic Law and Society 15 No
ARA2134 Ethnography of the Middle East 15 No
ARA2135 Conflict and Peace making Palestine/Israel 15 No
ARA2141 Intermediate Persian 15 No
ARA2148 Arabic for Beginners II 30 No
ARA2150 Muslims in Britain 15 No
ARA2151 Intermediate Persian II 15 No
ARA2160 Islamic Movements: From the Muslim Brothers to Al-Qa'ida 15 No
ARA2161 The Historiography of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 15 No
ARA2162 Political Economy of Development in the Middle East 15 No
ARA2166 Revolution, Reform or Status Quo 15 No
ARA2170 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 15 No
ARA2171 A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014 30 No
ARA2014 Regions and Empires in Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARA2146 Islamic Theological Traditions 15 No
ARA2173 Living and Communicating in the Arab World 0 No
Arabic Stage 3 modules 2017-8
ARA3129 Nationalisms in the Middle East 15 No
ARA3136 The History and Political Development of Iraq 15 No
ARA3138 Foundational Islamic Texts: Qur'an and Hadith 15 No
ARA3144 Advanced Persian Language I 15 No
ARA3145 Advanced Persian Language II 15 No
ARA3146 Iranian History, 1500 - the Present 15 No
ARA3149 Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies 15 No
ARA3158 Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond 15 No
ARA3159 The Orientalist Debate 15 No
ARA3160 Intermediate Arabic Language I 30 No
ARA3162 Britain in the Middle East, 1798-1977 15 No
ARA3163 Politics and Reform in the Gulf 15 No
ARA3189 The Orientalist Debate 30 No
ARA3197 The Arabian Nights: Perception and Reception 15 No
ARA3041 War, Violence and Revolution in the Middle East, 1800-2013 30 No
ARA3200 Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel 15 No
ARA3190 Intermediate Arabic Language 30 No
ARA3195 Islam Contested: Faith, Thought and Politics in the Contemporary World 30 No
ARA3196 Independent Research 30 No
ARA3165 Advanced Turkish Language I 15 No
ARA3152 Folklore and Identity in the Middle East 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 4

120


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. develop the ability to deal with written and aural Arabic materials of various types; to produce written Arabic in summary form or more extensively; to read or scan texts at a reasonable speed; appreciation of Modern Arabic as a form of communication;
2. develop the ability to read critically and to contextualize appropriately primary Islamic religious sources written in classical Arabic;
3. develop a critical understanding of the central themes, teachings and distinctive rhetorical structures of the Qur'an;
4. become broadly familiar with the historical development, contents and operative contexts of the main fields of the Arabic religious sciences in Islam;
5. develop a critical understanding and appreciation of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the study of the cultural and social diversity of Islamic religious life, both historically and in representative contemporary contexts.
6. become familiar with the main historical features, and underlying social and cultural processes, in the development of Islamic religious life within a broad, world-historical perspective
7. In the Year Abroad, acquire firsthand experience of the local cultural expressions of Islamic life in their host city, region or country
8. understand and appreciate relevant scholarship which reflects different disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the study of the cultural and social diversity of Islamic religious life, both historically and in different contemporary contexts.

Language teaching based on traditional and lab-based language classes, pair work, group work, language games, computer programmes (CALL). Assessment through unseen written examination, and listening and oral examination;

The teaching of advanced text based modules (Stages 3 and 4) based on lectures and class work under tutor guidance. Assessment is by course work (analytical essays) related to the subject field and by unseen written examination inclusive of translations of Arabic texts;

The teaching of modules in Islamic Studies and in the Islamic Religious sciences is based on a combination of lectures, seminars, and assigned translations in class under tutor guidance. Assessment is by course work (analytical essays) and by unseen written final examination;

Modules in Islamic history, literatures, cultures and contemporary issues, are taught by lectures and seminars and assessed by assigned essays and unseen written examination

Assessment through

1.Assigned essays/ coursework (ILOs all)
2.Unseen written examinations(ILOs all)
3.Dissertation(ILOs all)
4.Language studies are also assessed by menas of listening and oral examinations. (ILOs all)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. read critically and to contextualize in an appropriate, comprehensive manner documents and related cultural materials and traditions (arts, music, rituals and social customs) from an unfamiliar subject matter and linguistic/cultural/historical setting
10. develop analytical thinking and to summarise it in cogently argue writing which is appropriate to both expert and general audiences
11. develop the ability to organise and clearly present and articulate, as well as justify, their ideas in oral discussion and presentation.
12. evelop the ability to sift and synthesize accurately unfamiliar documentary material from many sources.
13. develop the ability to relate broader methodological, philosophic, ethical and spiritual issues and religious traditions to the corresponding practical issues and challenges in relevant areas of contemporary life.
14. develop an active awareness of the diversity of cultural expressions and contexts within historical civilisations, and at the same time, of the deeper regularities (as studied in both the social sciences and humanities) and structures perceptible across different civilisations and cultures.

Lectures, class presentations, assigned translations, group projects, essay writing and other written assignments.
Assessment as for Subject Knowledge and Skills.

Assigned essays/coursework, (ILOs all)
Unseen written examinations (ILOs all)
Dissertation. (ILOs all)
Language studies are also assessed by menas of listening and oral examinations.(ILOs all)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

15. develop the ability to relate abstract philosophic, ethical and theological issues and traditions to corresponding practical issues and challenges in relevant areas of contemporary life; deliver written and oral presentations
16. develop the ability to give a cogent, succinct and effective oral public presentation;
17. develop the ability to participate and communicate effectively and constructively in oral group discussion;
18. learn to take responsibility for their own learning by planning and managing assigned tasks;
19. learn to organise and process previously unfamiliar data to produce a coherent argument, both orally and in writing;
20. acquire transferable skills related to translation, particularly the ability to provide necessary contextual explanation and analysis needed for communication to people unfamiliar with the original source
21. develop Independent study and group work skills , including participation in oral discussion and effective communication when working in a group;

Transferable skills are key to all teaching and learning activities on the programme: examinations, presentations, word-processing and other IT skills, group and pair work and logical writing. 

seen and unseen written examination
oral / aural examination
assessed essays
dissertation

 

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Arabic and Islamic Studies

19. UCAS Code

T601

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Area studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2001

Date of last revision

10/04/2012