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

BA Turkish

Programme Code: T680 BA/T Duration: 4 years

Overview

2016 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB - ABB
  • A Level language preferred
  • IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred.

Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview.

Start of programme: September annually

Single-honours BA Turkish is a four-year programme of study covering both classical and modern Turkish literature and language. At the completion of their studies students should have attained a high level of fluency in Modern Turkish, including familiarity with earlier forms of Turkish, and a solid command of Turkish literature, including broad knowledge of the historical and cultural background. A specialization in Ottoman language and literature is also available.

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

The degree is an intensive four-year programme of sixteen module-units. Students are required to pass a minimum of fourteen module-units to be eligible for the award of honours. In the first year the student begins the study of the Turkish language and takes a survey module in literature. A module in Turkish culture or one other appropriate module complete the year. In the second year the student continues to learn the modern Turkish language and usually begins the study of Ottoman Turkish or modern Turkish literature. Two further appropriate module-units from the list of options are also taken. The third year is spent at the Boghazici University in Istanbul, where a full programme of study is scheduled. On returning to London for the fourth year the student may choose from a wide range of options, as available. These options permit students to steer the syllabus towards their interests.
Year 1
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Module
Open Option

Choose an introductory modules in Middle Eastern history, politics or culture from List B1 or an Open Option.

Year 2
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Module

Choose one of the following modules.

Optional module

Choose a module from List B1, B2, C or another module from the list of year 2 compulsory modules.

Open Option

Choose a modules from List B1, B2, C or another modules from the list of year 2 compulsory modules or an Open Option.

Year 3: Year abroad

For more information on the year abroad in Istanbul, please see the Teaching & Learning tab.

Year 4
Compulsory Module
Compulsory Module

Choose a unit from List A.

Optional Module

Choose a module from List A, B2, B3 or C.

Open Option

Choose a modules from List A, B2, B3, C or an Open Option.

List A: Turkish modules
List B1: Introductory modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related modules
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Department of History
Department of the Study of Religions
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
Department of Politics and International Studies
List B2: Intermediate modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related moduless

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant module tutor before selecting units.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Department of History
Department of the Study of Religions
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
Department of Music
Department of Politics and International Studies
School of Law
List B3: Advanced modules in Middle Eastern history, politics and economics

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant module tutor before selecting units.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Department of History
Department of Economics
List C: Optional language modules
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Intercollegiate language modules

Please see the Teaching & Learning tab for more details on intercollegiate modules in Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian, Hungarian and Romanian.

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

Two semesters are spent at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey in the third year (http://www.boun.edu.tr/en-US/Index). There students are expected to attend a minimum of four modules each semester and are required to sit the local examinations at Boğaziçi University.

All students need to submit an application to Boğaziçi University by May of the previous year and they are assisted by the BA Convenor in doing so.  A detailed Briefing Document  is also provided in advance.

It is possible to apply for university accommodation at Boğaziçi University (details provide in the Briefing Document), though most students prefer to make their own arrangements even though Istanbul is no longer a cheap city.  Rents and cost of living in Istanbul are almost comparable to London, though still a little cheaper.

The SOAS BA convenor determines progression to the final year on the basis of performance and, if required,  following consultation with colleagues at Boğaziçi. Students are expected to pass at least 6 semester-long modules or their equivalent.  If they do not, then they need to submit an Independent Project to be agreed with the SOAS BA convenor, normally an essay of approximately 10,000 words in English, by  September 1.  The topic of the project is decided in consultation with the subject tutors at SOAS.

Teaching & Learning

Intercollegiate Modules
Modern Greek (KCL)
  • Modern Greek language I 4AABL001
  • Modern Greek language II 5AABL002
  • Modern Greek language III 6AABL003
Russian (UCL; http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/russunit.htm)
  • Foundation Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
Ukrainian (UCL)
  • SEEU1001 Ukrainian Language
  • SEEU2001 Ukrainian Language 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEU2002 Ukrainian Language 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEU4001 Ukrainian Language 3a - Comprehension (0.5) SEEU4002 Ukrainian Language 3b - Production (0.5)
Bulgarian (UCL)
  • SEEB1001 Bulgarian Language Level 1
  • SEEB2001 Bulgarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEB2002 Bulgarian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEB4001 Bulgarian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEB4002 Bulgarian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)
Serbian/Croatian (UCL)
  • SEEY1001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 1
  • SEEY2001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEY2002 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEY4001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEY4002 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)
Hungarian (UCL)
  • SEEH1001 Hungarian Language Level 1
  • SEEH2001 Hungarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension(0.5)
  • SEEH2002 Hungarian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEH4001 Hungarian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEH4002 Hungarian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)
Romanian (UCL)
  • SEER1001 Romanian Language Level 1
  • SEER2001 Romanian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEER2002 Romanian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEER4001 Romanian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEER4002 Romanian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)

Destinations

As a graduate who specialised in Turkish, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. Graduates have found employment in the Foreign Office, in education, the media with the BBC or the Turkish Radio station, in the press, in multinational business companies. Others have chosen non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The best advice I can give is to just dive into the experience without any hesitation. Going into my study abroad experience, I didn’t expect to travel to Morocco and have the opportunity to see Roman ruins or eat chip butties (chips on a bun with sauce), but I did.

Suzanne Jacobson, Hamilton College