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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 the relationships, interdependencies and 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 subjects of Iranian Studies are languages ??and written documents, history and society as well as the spiritual and material culture of Iranian peoples from antiquity to the present. As a philological and linguistic discipline, Iranian Studies researches over twenty ancient, central and modern Iranian languages. In the historical as well as social and cultural studies area, she deals with the 3000 years of history, the social order, religion and literature of the Iranian peoples from the first written documents to modern times.

In Iranian Studies at the Free University of Berlin, both teaching and research work in the subject, Iran in pre-Islamic times (up to the 7th century AD) and Iran in Islamic times, including modern times , represented. A particular concern of the subject is to overcome the artificial break that has arisen through the separation of these two areas of work through research into sub-areas in different disciplines. This should enable the question of continuities and discontinuities in the history of Iran to be pursued better.

The courses offered in the focus area Iranian Studies deal with topics from the areas of Iranian philology, history and cultural studies, the examination of religions, societies as well as classical and modern Persian and Kurdish literature.

Program Structure

The mono bachelor's degree in History and Culture of the Middle East with a focus on Iranian Studies is divided into a basic, advanced and deepening phase.

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 match the modules and services of the focus area chosen by the students and modules from the general vocational preparation study area.

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.

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 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 module examinations. 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.

History and culture of the Middle East: Iranian Studies, Mono-Bachelor

Basic phase

module History and Society I
module History and Society II
module Persian I
module Persian II

Build-up phase

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

Consolidation phase

module Continuity and Change in Iranian History
module Iranian literature and written documents
module Kurdish I
module Kurdish 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 in History and Culture of the Middle East with a focus on Iranian Studies 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 and tourism come into question.

Since not all graduates find a place on the narrow, specialist job market, the acquisition of additional qualifications, as they are already taught in the area of ??general vocational preparation (ABV), as well as early orientation with regard to employment opportunities and the personal application strategy are 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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