The programme in Arabic Studies (PAS) offers a bachelor degree which focuses on modern standard Arabic and provides the student with a broad introduction to the historical-political development of the Arab States and the Middle East from the rise of Islam until the present day. The programme consists of courses which provide the student with sound language skills and communication proficiency in Arabic as well as a in-depth knowledge of the history, politics, religious currents and international relations of the Arab world and the Middle East. The programme examines issues concerning democracy and human rights and also examines Middle Eastern and Arabic society from a gender perspective.
This is a language-based degree that will provide you with a thorough understanding of the culture and literature of the Arab peoples. Compulsory language modules are followed over the four years of the degree, including the year abroad, and there are also compulsory modules on Arab literature and on Islam and Arab history. You can expect to achieve high standards of competency in all aspects of the Arabic language (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
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