SOAS University of London

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

MA Palestine Studies and Intensive Language (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018


Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

The MA Palestine Studies is a simultaneously disciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that provides students with an overview of the ways in which varying bodies of scholarship across and intra various disciplines engage and study Palestine, and examines how the study of Palestine cuts across and informs scholarly, theoretical, political and disciplinary approaches. It develops an understanding of the complexities of modern and contemporary Palestine through a study of relevant material, and of the dynamics of colonisation, displacement, insecurity and security. It attends to the place of culture in representing conflict and identity politics and as a means of mediation and resistance.

The flexible study programme and the interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students’ knowledge of issues relating to the questions of conflict and political economy, development, cultural politics, social and economic relations, identity, and other major concerns of humanities and social sciences. Students will develop an understanding of Palestinian history, political structure, development, culture and society. And they will become familiar with different disciplinary approaches, models, and scholarship frameworks in the study of Palestine, and the ability to write critically on topics relevant to the study of Palestine.

The Intensive language programme has many language modules for students to pick and choose from, inlcuding introduction, intermediate, advance Arabic and Hebrew. Students will also spend the summer taking an Advanced Study Abroad module, worth 45 credits, while also having a choice of studying two years full-time or four years part-time.

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Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

The Arabic component is available at beginner, intermediate and advanced level.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

Two Years Beginner
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Plus

A module from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 1 (PG) 15PNMC413 60 Full Year
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic 15PNMC414 45 Full Year
Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from List A or List B below or Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Palestine Studies 15PNMC424 60 Full Year
Two Years Intermediate
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Plus

A module from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Intermediate Arabic/English Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC418 30 Full Year
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Advanced Summer Arabic (PG) 15PNMC416 45 Full Year
Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from List A or List B below or Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Palestine Studies 15PNMC424 60 Full Year
Two Years Advanced
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Plus

A module from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC419 30 Full Year
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Higher Advanced Summer Arabic (PG) 15PNMC417 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from List A or List B below or Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC420 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Palestine Studies 15PNMC424 60 Full Year
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature (PG) 15PNMC412 30 Full Year
Language
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 30 Full Year
Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 30 Full Year
Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 30 Full Year
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 30 Full Year
The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II 15PHIH049 15 Term 2
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 15 Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 15 Term 2
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
The Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 15 Term 2
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary. 

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning resources

SOAS library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Acquire specific factual knowledge about the history, political structure, development, culture and society of Palestine (see aim four above).
  • Comprehend the complex global and local historical and political context of Palestine and the Palestine-Israel Conflict (see aim three above).
  • Appreciate the diversity of contemporary Palestinian society and cultures (see aims three and four above).
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Critically assess the historical development of Palestinian society and culture, and the global context of Palestine-Israel conflict (see aims three and four above).
  • Engage with the study of Palestine in accordance with a multidisciplinary curriculum and a flexible study programme encompassing a comprehensive range of issues relevant to law and human rights, politics, development studies, gender, social and economical transformation, media, language, literature and cinema (see aims one and two above).
Subject-based practical skills
  • Learn to use Palestine-related reference materials and research tools, the most recent research in various areas of Palestine Studies presented in the core course and in the optional units (see aim two above).
Transferrable skills
  • The ability to organise research, formulate arguments, gather and evaluate data, formulate conclusions and present these in a coherent and clear manner (see aims one and two above).

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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