Modern Middle Eastern History (3 Years) [BA]
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Teaching and learning
- You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours 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
The courses offered by Middle Eastern Studies are assessed by a variety of methods best suited to the learning outcomes of a particular course. These range from written examinations to assessed essays and oral presentations. All language courses are assessed with oral as well as written examinations. Students also receive regular assignments which give them feed-back on their performance. Most other course units require completion of assignments, which may range from retrieving information using IT skills to reading assignments and discussion papers.
All examination scripts and assessed coursework are marked by two members of staff and moderated by a specialist External Examiner. The structure of the marking scheme is explained in detail in the Middle Eastern Studies Undergraduate Handbooks, and in guide handbooks for Oral Presentation, Essay and Research Paper Preparation.
The University of Manchester has excellent facilities and support for the study of the Middle East. In particular, the John Rylands University Library is one of the best in Europe, with a large Middle Eastern collection including one of Britain's finest Middle Eastern manuscript collections - link to the gallery for a glimpse of a few of them. The Language Centre of the University has materials for all Middle Eastern languages. Students are able to access radio and television broadcasts in Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Hebrew. They can enhance their study of languages through the materials available on the Internet, multimedia CD ROM and audio and video tapes.