Advanced - Years 1 to 3

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The Advanced Arabic and Islamic Studies Programme is an innovative course for students seeking to acquire an intimate understanding of traditional Islamic disciplines. Along with developing learners’ understanding and furthering their knowledge base across a broad range of fields, the programme acclimatises this learning and knowledge to a modern context. It is a distinct programme in which theoretical knowledge and understanding are complemented with the practical skills of applying this learning to the real world. It is suitable for students who have completed the intermediate level course or a similar programme of study.


Transferable Skills

Learners will acquire and develop a broad range of transferrable skills:

    • T1. Intrapersonal skills: With minimum guidance, can work professionally within the discipline area and manage own learning using full range of resources. Can manage and efficiently utilise a wealth of information for a variety of purposes including learning, teaching and research.
    • T2. Interpersonal skills: Can interact effectively within a team in a variety of contexts and identify factors which augment team-work.
    • T3. Self evaluation: Can take responsibility for own research, study and work, criticise it and constructively build on feedback.
    • T4. Communications: Can engage effectively in discussion and use a range of mediums to efficiently communicate information and opinion in a manner appropriate to the environment.
    • T5. Problem solving: Is flexible in identifying, defining and predicting complex problems and confident in applying appropriate knowledge, skills, methods and tools to their solution.

Programme Content

Year 1 of the programme builds on the intermediate level and develops learner understanding of Arabic through the theoretical study of key linguistic concepts, practical application, and the critical study of a variety of literary genres. Learners will also examine ritual practices such as purification, prayer, charity, fasting and Hajj, through a classical Arabic text. In Year 2, the study of key texts within the Islamic tradition will provide learners with a greater depth of coverage by investigating the underlying principles for legal legislation in Islam, along with the critical study of dogmatic theology, logic, economic law and advanced Arabic. Year 3 offers learners the opportunity to study the core aspects of Arabic rhetoric, the Islamic judiciary system and the criteria for scriptural acceptance. This will then allow to learners to directly engage with the Quran and Hadith and analyse them using a variety of frameworks and perspectives, from the legal to the purely linguistic. All modules are compulsory unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Units

CodeUnitTerms
IC103Islamic Canon 1, 2, 3
AR101Arabic 11, 2, 3
AR102Arabic 21, 2, 3
AA104Applied Arabic2, 3

Year 2 Units

CodeUnitTerms
IC205Islamic Canon II1, 2, 3
AL206Advanced Legal Theory1, 2, 3
DS207Divinity Studies2, 3
AA208Applied Arabic II1, 2, 3
LO209Logic1

Year 3 Units

CodeUnitTerms
IC310Islamic Canon III3
RH311Arabic Rhetoric 1, 2
HM312Hadith Methodology1, 2
CE313Comparative Exegesis 1, 2, 3
SS314Scriptural Studies1, 2, 3

Programme Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

After this programme learners will have knowledge and understanding of:

    • K1. The linguistic description of Arabic using grammatical and stylistic frameworks;
    • K2. The socio-pragmatic factors which determine the use of Arabic;
    • K3. Different approaches and methods in translation studies;
    • K4. The diversity of Arabic literature and registers;
    • K5. A selection of doctrinal and jurisprudential frameworks in Islam;
    • K6. A range of approaches to scriptural analysis and their juristic, theological and linguistic implications;
    • K7. Key concepts in Islamic Legal Theory and their application to modern legal and ethical issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods

Knowledge and understanding are acquired and developed through formal teaching which may take the form of lectures, seminars, and individual feedback or a combination of these methods, along with recommended reading.

Assessment

The summative assessment of knowledge and understanding take the form of a combination of methods including formal examinations, written essays and oral presentations. Formative assessment is ongoing throughout the programme and will usually include feedback in classes and class based tasks.

Intellectual/Cognitive Skills

After this programme learners will be able to:

    • C1. Critically evaluate, examine and appraise evidence, sources and texts to judge their value, validity and significance;
    • C2. Analyse materials from a variety of registers and genres for learning, teaching and research purposes;
    • C3. Confidently apply own criteria of judgement and is able to challenge received opinion/question orthodoxy with sound arguments. Can seek and make constructive use of feedback;
    • C4. Discriminate between various theoretical frameworks to determine their suitability to a given purpose.

Teaching/Learning Methods

Skills will be introduced in lectures and developed through selective and focused reading, writing of essays and examinations. Critical modes of enquiry will be developed and fostered through the study of specific topics, workshops, personal study and seminar discussions. Through the preparation for assessments, learners’ research and analytical skills will be reinforced. Group work and the subsequent peer assessments will advance learners’ ability to give and receive constructive criticism and build on feedback.

Assessment

Essays, collaborative assignments and projects assess all areas of intellectual skills, while summative examinations and formative tests assess the ability to collect and process information and arguments under strict time constraints. Independent study and the Dissertation allow the evaluation of wider personal and independent research and independent interpretation.

Practical Skills

After this programme learners will be able to:

    • P1. Utilise advanced receptive and productive Arabic skills for effective communication;
    • P2. Apply a variety of Islamic legal concepts and judicial maxims/principles to assess contemporary issues;
    • P3. Evaluate current and new ideological trends purporting Islamic values;
    • P4. Autonomously access technical and discipline specific material in the Arabic Language from a range of fields; from the classical to contemporary; P5. Utilise bibliographical and learning tools effectively.

Teaching/Learning Methods

Practical skills are developed through seminar classes, the writing of essays and group projects.

Assessment

These skills are assessed through examinations and in the dissertation.

Mapping Outcomes to Units

ModuleK1K2K3K4K5K6K7C1C2C3C4P1P2P3P4P5T1T2T3T4T5
IC103        
AR101           
AR102          
AA104          
IC205              
AL206              
DS207              
AA208                
LO209              
IC310                
RH311            
HM312                 
CE313              
SS314           

To proceed from one year to the next, learners must meet the following criteria:

    • Achieve at least an overall average mark of 40% across the entire number of modules in their current year of study;
    • Obtain at least 40% in each module.

To pass the programme, learners must:

    • Achieve at least an overall 50% mark across the entire programme;

Advanced students will receive certificates according to their level of achievement:

    • Pass: 50% - 69%
    • Merit: 70% - 79%
    • Distinction: 80% - 89%
    • Distinction + Ijazah to teach: 90%+ and a successful interview by a panel of teachers

Level Specific Learning Outcomes

Year 1

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this level, students will be expected to demonstrate:

    • Their ability to present a structured and coherent simple argument;
    • Adequate working knowledge to competently communicate in Arabic using formulaic phrases; so as to sustain everyday conversation in the target language at a survival level;
    • An understanding of basic grammatical structures in Arabic and the Arabic writing system;
    • Relative competence in describing basic elements of Islamic ritual law and assessing some of its modern issues;
    • A knowledge and understanding of diglossia in some Arabic speaking countries and the types of Arabic existent in modern times.

Transferable Skills

Students will be provided with opportunities to acquire and develop:

    • Qualities and transferable skills related to the subject areas studied, valuable for employment, e.g. the ability to gather and process information from a variety of sources and mediums; and be able to effectively use IT for communication, learning and research purposes.
    • The ability to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses so as to become reflective learners and practitioners.
    • Skills necessary for implementing personal responsibility including time management; research skills in library; and working to deadlines.

Assessment

Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes specified in each module, respectively. The criteria will include:

    • Demonstrating theoretical knowledge and practical application of some concepts, information and techniques relevant to Arabic and Islamic Studies.
    • Demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

Year 2

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this level, students will be expected to demonstrate:

    • Intermediate productive and receptive skills relevant to Arabic in a variety of contexts;
    • Their ability to critically analyse one or several aspects Arabic literature from various genres within a stylistic framework;
    • Their ability to effectively communicate information - especially discipline specific information - arguments and analysis in a variety of forms,;
    • Their ability to contrast and compare a number of linguistic models across English and Arabic;
    • Their ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of several aspects of the culture, history and socio-political and socio-religious contexts in which Islam developed;
    • A high level of awareness and understanding of the context of scriptural development in Islam;
    • Their ability to evaluate the legal status of non-revelatory sources in Islamic legal theory;
    • Being able to contrast and compare a variety of legal systems.

Transferable Skills

Students will be provided with opportunities to acquire and develop:

    • Qualities and transferable skills related to the subject areas studied, valuable for employment, e.g. the ability to gather and process information from a variety of sources and mediums; and be able to effectively use IT for communication, learning and research purposes.
    • The ability to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses so as to become reflective learners and practitioners.
    • Skills necessary for implementing personal responsibility including time management; research skills in library; and working to deadlines.

Assessment

Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes specified in each module, respectively. The criteria will include:

    • Demonstrating knowledge and application of a diverse range of concepts, information and techniques relevant to the module;
    • Producing work that is descriptive and draws on a wide variety of material;
    • Demonstrating professional competencies relevant to Arabic and Islamic Studies;
    • Demonstrating a general ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

Year 3

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this level, students will be expected to have provided evidence of:

    • Being able to demonstrate an advanced level of receptive and productive language skills by communicating both fluently and accurately in Arabic;
    • Being able to demonstrate a high degree of understanding of Arabic literature from a wide range of registers and genres;
    • Being able to effectively translate technical materials relevant to Arabic and Islamic Studies, between the target and source languages;
    • Being able to assess modern legal issues relevant to Islamic legal theory and evaluating them in light of several case studies;
    • Being able to critically examine the nature of contemporary ideological trends relevant to Islamic Studies.
    • Being able to formulate a research design for a topic relevant to Arabic and Islamic Studies;

Transferable Skills

Students will be provided with opportunities to acquire and develop:

    • Qualities and transferable skills related to the subject areas studied, valuable for employment, e.g. the ability to gather and process information from a variety of sources and mediums; and be able to effectively use IT for communication, learning and research purposes.
    • The ability to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses so as to become reflective learners and practitioners.
    • Skills necessary for implementing personal responsibility including time management; research skills in library; and working to deadlines
    • Skills and qualities necessary for the effective communication and delivery of information.

Assessment

Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes specified in each module, respectively. The criteria will include:

    • Demonstrating the ability to evaluate a range of aspects of Arabic and Islamic Studies;
    • Producing work that reflects originality and depth and draws on a variety of material from diverse sources and mediums;
    • The ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;