Session 1: 19 June-20 July 2017
This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and Iran. It gives - on a country by county basis - an overview of the major political issues and developments in the region since the end of the First World War and addresses key themes in the study of contemporary Middle East politics, including: the role of the military, social and economic development, political Islam, and the recent uprisings (the 'Arab Spring').
Its aim is to develop the students' understanding of the major trends in the Middle East politics and their skills of political analysis through critical reading, lectures, presentations and informed discussion.
The course is normally offered in conjunction with Beginners Arabic (Level 1 or 2).
Beginners Arabic (Level 1)
This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic. It teaches students the Arabic script and provides basic grounding in Arabic grammar and syntax. On completing the course, students should be able to read, write, listen to, and understand simple Arabic sentences and passages. This course is for complete beginners and does not require any prior knowledge of Arabic.
Beginners Arabic (Level 2)
This course is a continuation of Beginners Arabic Level 1. It completes the coverage of the grammar and syntax of Modern Standard Arabic and trains students in reading, comprehending and writing with the help of a dictionary more complex Arabic sentences and passages.
To qualify for entry into this course, students should have completed at least one prior introductory course in Arabic.
Beginners Persian (Level 1)
This is an introductory course which aims to give the students a reasonable grounding in the basics of Persian grammar and syntax as well as enabling them to understand simple and frequently used expressions related to basic language use. They will be able to hold uncomplicated conversations on topics such as personal and family information, shopping, hobbies, employment as well as simple and direct exchanges of information related to familiar topics. By the end of the course they will also progress to read simple short texts.
£2,700 (both courses) £1,400 (one course)
A limited number of partial tuition fee waivers (two per course) of up to 50% off the fee are available to SOAS’s current students on a first come, first serve basis (please enquire). 15% discount off the fee for SOAS alumni.
Early-bird 10% discount extended to applications received before 19 May 2017.
Other discounts are available for partner institutions and groups, please contact us for further information.
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 payable through the SOAS Online Store will be charged to cover administration costs. Once the application fee has been paid you will be given an order number which you will need in order to complete your online application form here.
Rooms can be booked at the Intercollegiate Halls which are located in the heart of Bloomsbury: www.halls.london.ac.uk
Please note that summer courses are not accredited by SOAS and please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.
Assessment will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.
You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.
For more information, please contact Louise Hosking