The bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East provides a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the Islamic Middle East from the early days to the present. By participating in various individual disciplines, students gain knowledge of relationships, interdependencies and the mutual influence of societies in the Middle East in the areas of culture, politics, law, religion and the history of ideas. In addition, the course offers an insight into the complexity of these societies, taking into account religious and ethnic minorities as well as gender issues. In the language modules, students acquire the ability to use original language sources in an oriental language in accordance with the focus area. Furthermore, the course serves to practice scientific working methods including the critical analysis of scientific research results. A specialization takes place in the focus area.

The focus area of ??Arabic studies deals with the history, literature and written documents of the Arab world. The focus is on the philological and literary study of Arabic, religious and profane texts from late antiquity to the present. In its linguistic orientation, Arabic Studies deals with the various language levels of Arabic (Classical Arabic, Middle Arabic or Substandard Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic) and its dialects as well as the grammatical and lexicographical literature of classical Arabic theorists. As a literary study, Arabic studies researches Arabic poetry and prose literature from the pre-Islamic period to the present day and the religious, philosophical, historical and geographical literature of Islamic culture as well as Jewish and Christian literature in Arabic. In addition, theater, music and other media in Arabic represent relevant subjects of Arabic research.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree is divided into a basic, advanced and advanced phase.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances for each module. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum. In addition to the modules of the core subject, the modules of the related areas are intended to provide the students with an expanded but self-contained qualification profile. The modules of the related areas and the services provided in them must not correspond to the modules and services of the focus area chosen by the students and modules from the general vocational preparation study area (ABV). Agreements with the specialist department and specialist representatives from the related areas are essential.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

History and culture of the Middle East: Arabic studies, mono-Bachelor

Basic phase

module History and Society I
module History and Society II
module Arabic I
module Arabic II

Build-up phase

module Literature and sources I
module Literature and sources II
module Arabic III
module Arabic IV

Consolidation phase

module Arabic literature
module Arab culture
module Arabic language - specialization I.

Arabic language advanced II

Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course.

The bachelor's degree qualifies students for activities in various professional fields and in institutions and organizations dealing with the Middle East. The media sectors, governmental and non-governmental international organizations, publishing, adult and further education, educational and social work, tourism as well as non-university scientific institutes and, to a limited extent, the universities themselves come into question.

Since not all graduates find a place on the narrower specialist job market, the acquisition of additional qualifications, as they are already imparted in the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, as well as early orientation with regard to broader employment opportunities and the personal application strategy of of great importance for a successful career start.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.


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