Arab and Hebrew Cultures: al-Andalus and the Contemporary Arab World

Arab and Hebrew Cultures: al-Andalus and the Contemporary Arab World

Programme Arab and Hebrew Cultures: al-Andalus and the Contemporary Arab World
Our Master’s Degree in Arab and Hebrew Cultures: al-Andalus and the Contemporary Arab World is a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary programme that provides world-class training in the historical, material, and intellectual heritage stemming from the Arab and Jewish legacy in Andalusia. The course encompasses four primary areas – language, literature, history, and sociology. It enables students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures, both past and present, as well as the social and political dynamics which define the contemporary Arab world, including the recent Arab Spring and related developments.

The programme has been specifically designed to allow students to choose their own areas of specialization, thus giving them the freedom to substantially determine the course of their academic and professional development. They determine their specific areas of specialization (the Andalusian legacy, or the contemporary Arab world, or both) and also the disciplines from which they approach these subjects (cultural studies, political sciences, sociology, anthropology, literature and the arts, and so forth).

The course also employs the most up to date methodology and critical approaches. Among others, postcolonial and gender-based analyses form an integral part of the Masters. Furthermore, an internship programme complements the theoretical knowledge acquired in class time with valuable practical skills, thereby boosting our graduates’ career prospects.

As a student on our course, you will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of modules, such as al-Andalus: A Place of Coexistence; al-Andalus: A Place of Transference; al-Andalus: Material Heritage; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the Middle East and the Maghreb; Thought, Institutions, and Power; Conflict, Political Figures, and Scenarios of Change; The Classical Legacy and its Survival; Workshops and Seminars; Research Methodology and an Internship.

Another key advantage of our Master’s Degree is the extensive range of resources available to students at our library in the Department of Semitic Studies, which contains over 16,800 books. The library was created with the founding of the Chair for Arabic Studies in 1847 and the Chair for Hebrew Studies in 1823. Many of these valuable texts, edited in the 19th and 20th centuries, are now out of print, while others are among the most recent publications in the disciplines of history, literary criticism, anthropology, sociology, and language studies. The library also boasts a broad selection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bibliographical catalogues and databases.

Employment prospects for our graduates are excellent for a number of key reasons. The programme provides you with a sound theoretical basis and allows you to gain a range of practical skills, equipping you with a versatile and broad skill set that is highly sought-after by employers in the field. Upon completion of our programme, students can choose to begin doctoral studies, with a view to pursuing a full-time research or teaching career in the field. Others go on to pursue careers in intercultural mediation; tourism management; cultural heritage management; museum management; international cooperation; translation; or in cultural and language consulting.

ECTS Credits 60
Duration 1 academic year
Start Date Autumn (September/October to June each year, approximately)
Application Period 26th February 2016 - 2nd October 2016
How to apply Please consult the Applying and Admissions section
Offered by The International School for Postgraduate Studies
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