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BA Arabic and a Modern European Language / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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BA Arabic and a Modern European Language is a four-year degree with a year of study abroad divided between a Middle Eastern country and a European one (this includes Russia) in which your chosen languages are spoken.
The course combines compulsory language elements on both sides, delivered by native-speaker staff and with the possibility of pathways in business language, translation and interpreting.
Alongside this, you will study the culture, politics, history, literature, popular culture, linguistics and religion of the areas in question.
You will become proficient enough to live and work effectively in both environments.
You can study and/or work for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your communicative language skills in a native-speaker environment.
Collaborations and partnerships
The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:
- Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
- HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
- Alliance Francaise - home of French language and culture.
The University is home to over 30 international and language-related student societies offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences.
Engage in cultural activities
Manchester is a multicultural city that provides excellent general opportunities for contact with speakers of Arabic and the pursuit of Arabic and Islamic interests outside of the University (eg public lectures, societies, cultural events).
Teaching and learning
You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.
For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed in various ways, including:
- written and oral examinations;
- coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
- in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.
Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.
Course content for year 1
Course units for year 1
|Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa||MEST10092||20||Mandatory|
|History and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa||MEST10711||20||Mandatory|
|Arabic Language 1||MEST51011||20||Mandatory|
|Arabic Language 2||MEST51022||20||Mandatory|
|The History and Sociopolitics of Palestine/Israel (1882-1967)||MEST10042||20||Optional|
|Introduction to Islam||MEST10061||20||Optional|
|Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa||MEST10092||20||Optional|
Course content for year 2
Course units for year 2
|French Language 4||FREN51040||20||Mandatory|
|French Language 5||FREN51050||20||Mandatory|
|German Language 3||GERM51030||20||Mandatory|
|German Language 4||GERM51040||20||Mandatory|
|Italian Language 4||ITAL51040||20||Mandatory|
|Italian Language 5||ITAL51050||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Post Colonial Arabic Literature||MEST20002||20||Mandatory|
|Arabic Language 3||MEST51031||20||Mandatory|
|Arabic Language 4||MEST51042||20||Mandatory|
|Spanish Language 4||SPLA51040||20||Mandatory|
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Course content for year 3
Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.
Course content for year 4
Course units for year 4
|French Language 6||FREN51060||20||Mandatory|
|German Language 5||GERM51050||20||Mandatory|
|Italian Language 6||ITAL51060||20||Mandatory|
|Media and Business Arabic||MEST30182||20||Mandatory|
|Arabic Language 5||MEST51050||20||Mandatory|
|Spanish Language 6||SPLA51060||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Interpreting: Context, Skills and Modes||ELAN30242||20||Optional|
|Dissertation in French Studies||FREN30000||40||Optional|
|Protest Music in France||FREN30002||20||Optional|
|Exoticism & Orientalism in C19th France: French Romantics and Local Colour||FREN30871||20||Optional|
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The University Language Centre is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.
The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.
Learn more on the Facilities page.