Arabic and English Literature BA Honours
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Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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Typical offer for September 2017
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction|
GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in English.
All applicants should be able to present evidence of successful modern foreign language learning but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or False Beginners level in Arabic and we may need to test you to determine your language level.
At Westminster we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.
This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Arabic in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), enhance your skills in using English, and develop your knowledge and understanding of literary and cultural studies. You will be able to function in different cultural situations and acquire the generic qualities and skills of a humanities graduate. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our Arabic courses are only available to beginner or 'false beginner' entrants – false beginners are students who may be able to read the Arabic script, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.
You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas. You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Arabic, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Arabic culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.
In English Literature you will have the opportunity to examine literary and non-literary works of all periods from Shakespeare to the present day, taking in a wide range of authors and themes, with a full and balanced coverage of dramatic, poetic and prose works. You will consider the wider historical and political contexts in which cultural and literary works have been produced and received, and relate the works both to intellectual history and to work in other arts and media, such as architecture and the visual arts. You will also have the opportunity to consider the theoretical tools of textual, cultural and literary analysis in detail.
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning. Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentations projects, and critical analysis.
You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Arabic is the ofﬁcial language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
- Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
- Keywords for Literary Studies
- Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
- Poetry and Politics
- Shakespeare and Performance
- The Arabic World and the Word
- What Is Literature? Genre Form History
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
- Expressions of Arabic Culture
- Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives Making Memory: Culture, History and Representation
- Screening Memory through Food, Music and Childhood
- The Nineteenth Century
- The Novel
- Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
- Travel Sickness
- Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
- Writing Revolutions
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Developing Career Competences for Linguists
- Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
- Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
- Issues in Theory
- Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
- People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
- Satire and the City
- Special Topic
- Themes in Arabic Studies
- Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
- What is the Contemporary? The Novel in Time After 1945
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over ﬁve years.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
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