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BA (Hons)Arabic and English Literature

Tuition fee £12,500.00 per year
Course code QT36
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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.

Programme structure

Year 1

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

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
Transposing Current Affairs through Multilingual e-Collaboration
Travel Sickness
Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
Writing Revolutions

Year 3

Subjects of study may 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
MLC Dissertation
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

Career opportunities

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States