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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Middle East Politics and Arabic

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Middle East Politics and Arabic Programme codePTA2IAIHPS01
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MA in Middle East Politics and Arabic is an intensive and distinctly tailored degree programme, which is exclusive in its design in that it stretches over 2 years of study, thus mirroring postgraduate degrees offered on the European continent. The MA provides students with a good level of Arabic, including a period of study abroad, as well as a solid foundation in core theories and methods of political science, focusing specifically on the Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, the significant proportion of optional credits offer the student a good level of freedom to design part of their own degree from modules within the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the Department of Politics as well as to some extent also from other departments within the University following the modularity rules. Consequently, the MA in Middle East Politics and Arabic offers students the time to specialize whilst also acquiring broad skills within the realms of political science. In short, the degree has been designed with a view to appeal to students who desire some freedom to be creative as well as employers who expect maturity and core, critical skills that apply not only to the Middle East and North Africa, but also the subject of politics more broadly as well as, of course, proficiency in Arabic.
The MA aims to provide students with a good level of Arabic in addition to an extensive knowledge and understanding of the complex and diverse fields of Middle East Politics, including a strong theoretical and methodological grounding. Students will take a series of compulsory modules that will form a solid foundation for their studies, most notably the the study abroad module and the dissertation, but also the range of optional modules which they can choose from a broad portfolio of topics, including (but by no means limited to) Islamic philosophy, Gulf studies, Iranian studies, Kurdish studies, Palestine studies, and gender studies (subject to availability). All modules are taught by core staff who specialize in the particular topic - i.e., students will be profoundly exposed to cutting-edge research.

By the end of their MA studies, students should have developed a good level of Arabic as well as the analytical tools needed to study Middle East politics, whether contemporary or in historical perspective, in a broad range of countries from across the Middle East and North Africa as well as the wider Muslim world.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

4. Programme Structure

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.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARAM240 Arabic Language 1 30Yes
ARAM241 Arabic Language 2 30Yes
ARAM243 End of Year Project 30No
ARAM254 Study Abroad 15No
ARAM232 Theorising the Middle East 15No

Stage 2


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

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARAM244 Politics and Economics of the Middle East 30No
ARAM221 The Palestine Question: Past and Present 30No
ARAM233 Dissertation skills 15No
ARAM245 Dissertation 30No

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:

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:

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:

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

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.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

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

MA Middle East Politics and Arabic

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

20/06/2023