MA Israeli Studies
Duration: The MA is taken full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years.
Minimum Entry Requirements: The usual qualification for entry is a good first degree in a relevant field. However, the School is keen to offer the course to those with a real passion for the subject, who wish to develop a strong interest within an academic framework.
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part TimeThe MA Israeli Studies is an interdisciplinary degree which explores the history, culture, politics, language and music of Israel. The programme is based on a modular system, so the subjects covered can be as diverse as the political thought of Vladimir Jabotinsky, Christian Zionism, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, the rise of Palestinian nationalism, the struggle of Soviet Jews for emigration, the writings of Mendele Moykher-Sforim, the music of the hasidim, Palestinian Islamism, the teachings of the Rambam and the Ramban.
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 programme consists of:
- Three taught courses - one major subject and two minor - which start in October and finish in April
- Two essays - to be completed by the end of the winter and spring terms respectively
- A three-hour examination in May or June
- A dissertation in the major subject to be completed by the following September
Two Israeli Studies courses (one major and one minor) from:
- Zionist Ideology
- Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians
- Modern Israel through its Culture
- A Historical Approach to Israeli Literature
AND either one further minor from the above lists or one from the following:
- Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism, term 2, 0.5 unit (not available 2010-11)
- The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art, term 2, 0.5 unit
- Family, Work, and Leisure in Ancient Judaism, term 1, 0.5 unit
- Judaism and Gender, term 2, 0.5 unit (not available 2010-11)
- Elementary Hebrew
- Intermediate Hebrew
- Intensive Modern Hebrew
- Advanced Hebrew
- Arabic language courses (Masters)
(Language courses are offered at different levels of competence)
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World
- Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature
- End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans
- Modern Palestinian Literature (PG)
As a student specialising in Israeli Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.
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 in both business and 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.
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.