Programme Code: QTY6 BA/HElsrSt
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
The degree is intended to give students a solid grounding in Israeli Hebrew, familiarity with the major types of Modern Hebrew literature and a broad knowledge of the historical, political, religious and cultural background. Intensive study of Modern Hebrew language and literature is a compulsory feature of the degree.
The syllabus can be tailored to individual needs by selecting options from the wide range of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules taught in the NME Department, elsewhere in the School and in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College (UCL). In addition up to two open option units in other subjects may be selected from other module units taught in the School.
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 single-subject degree is a four-year programme in which students take sixteen modules.
In the first year students normally begin the study of Modern Hebrew language and take introductory modules in literature, culture and religion.
The second year offers a continuation of language study in combination with the study of Israeli literature and a module on Zionism. A fourth module is taken in an approved module of the student's choice.
Students are required to spend the third year at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where they continue the study of language and a range of Hebrew-related subjects. In the event of interruption of the year-abroad programme a similar programme of study is arranged in London.
In the fourth year students write an extended essay and continue the study of Modern Hebrew literature. A fourth-year advanced language module is highly recommended, leaving the student free to choose an approved module to complete the syllabus.
Students who already have prior knowledge of Modern Hebrew are tested on registration and may be permitted to begin language study at an appropriate higher level.
Choose 30 credits from the list of hebrew-related modules OR an open option
30 credits from the list of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules OR another approved open option.
Students will spend a year abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They will learn about Israeli society, the history of modern Israel (1881-1973), and modern Hebrew Literature.
Choose 30 credits from the list of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules
List of Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules
Hebrew language and literature
History, politics and culture
N.B. Entry on to optional modules is at the discretion of the programme convenor.
SOAS Open Options
SOAS Open Options of special interest are
UCL Open Options
Hebrew and Hebrew-related modules run by the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, are available as options on the SOAS degree. A full list of modules can be obtained from UCL www.ucl.ac.uk.
Students are required to spend the third year of the programme at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Teaching & Learning
All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.
In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.
More information is on the page for each module.
Pre Entry Reading
- Israeli Founders and Sons, Amos Elon
- A Textbook of Israeli Hebrew, H. Rosen
- The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, T. Carmi
- Modern Hebrew Stories, (Bantam dual language book)
- Israel, Martin Gilbert
- The Making of Modern Zionism, Shlomo Avineri
- One Palestine, Complete, Tom Segev
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
|BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language Year Abroad
Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
As a student specialising in Hebrew and Israeli, 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.
A number of graduates of this programme have found jobs in Israel. Others have entered the diplomatic service, the media, education, business the city and the tourist industry.
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
A Student's Perspective
What SOAS offers is the lectures with world-class academics, who give you not only a thorough knowledge on the subject, but also stimulate you for individual thinking and make you enjoy the course.