SOAS University of London

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

Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies (using Language sources)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of the module 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 module is aimed at students returning from their Year Abroad at the University of Alexandria or the University of Damascus. At the end of this module, 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 module convenors in Damascus or Alexandria who will forward it to SOAS. This piece of work will count 10% of the total mark. 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/module convenor before the student is allowed to embark on this module.

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


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 module 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 in term 3 (90%)

The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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