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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies (using Language sources)

Course Code:
155901344
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of the course is to provide the students with advanced training in academic research and writing, using language sources. This final year unit is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the BA in Arabic Studies.

This essay based course is aimed at students returning from their Year Abroad at the University of Alexandria or the University of Damascus. At the end of this course, a student should be able to demonstrate clear evidence of undertaking a detailed supervised study of a topic in Arabic Studies using Arabic language sources. Candidates begin to research their topic during their year abroad and write 3000-4000 word essay in Arabic which is to be submitted to relevant course convenors in Damascus or Alexandria who will forward it to SOAS. This piece of work will count 10% of the total mark. In the course of Year 4 students will then write an ISP of 8-10,000 words written in English which builds upon the sources discussed and analysed in the Arabic essay. This counts 90% of the total mark. Both pieces of work must be submitted together.

The topic of the Year 4 ISP must be approved by the undergraduate tutor/course convenor before the student is allowed to embark on this course.

This course cannot be taken with the course 155900733:  Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies 

Workload

10 hours supervision throughout the academic year.

Scope and syllabus

The topic of this ISP is left to the student to propose. Once it has been approved by the convenor it is then up to the student to develop it with particular reference to the written and oral sources consulted during the year abroad and recorded as such in the Arabic essay.

Method of assessment

One essay of 3,000 - 4,000 words to be submitted to the course directors at your year abroad university on a specified date at the end of the year abroad (year 3 of the degree). One essay of 10,000 words to be submitted by Friday week 1, term 3 (90%).