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Middle Eastern Jewish and Islamic Civilisations (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years ; 10 places ; CAO points: 379-555 (2017)

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  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Ancient History and Archaeology, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Classical Civilisation, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and History, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Modern Language , Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Music, Closing Date: 01/FEB/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Religion, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1451

    nmes@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/nmes

    What is Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations?

    Judaism and Islam have been deeply influential in the development of European, Middle Eastern, North African and North American societies. Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations is the study of their historical origins and cultures, providing students with an insight into the challenges of diversity and multiculturalism in an increasingly globalised world.

    Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations: The course for you?

    If you are interested in ancient and modern history, in literature, in religion and philosophy, in the Middle East and its relationship with the Western world, this course would be of great interest to you. If you find yourself asking how societies develop their values and perspectives, you will be able to explore how they do so over the course of some of the most exciting periods of human history.

    Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations @ Trinity

    Trinity is the only university in Ireland that offers a course in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations. It attracts students of social and cultural diversity from Ireland and abroad. Our graduates in Ireland and internationally include lecturers working in European, UK and US universities, as well as graduates working in other areas including museum work, journalism, international relations, human rights and law. The degree in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations is offered by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies which is part of Trinity’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, ranked in the world top 100 (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    This broad humanities degree in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations provides the ideal foundation for those aspiring to careers in public services, foreign affairs, diplomacy, journalism and education. Many of our graduates can be found in these and in other professions. Students receive a rewarding education in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic history and culture, but also instilled are more general skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, skills which are highly attractive to potential employers.

    Your degree and what you will study

    At entry, Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations must be combined with one other subject. In later years, you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations as a Single Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor.

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    In first year, you will be introduced to the history of Jews and Muslims in the context of the Middle East and in the context of Europe and the USA. We offer introductory courses in the historical origins of Judaism and Islam, Ancient Near Eastern history and culture, medieval and modern Jewish and Islamic civilisations explored through literature, inscriptions, film and archaeological evidence. In addition, you will explore the regions, cultures and histories of the Modern Middle East (from the 19th century to the present) with topics such as the European powers and the Ottoman rulers, the Middle East during the World Wars.

    From second year, you may choose to commence study of a language, either Arabic, Turkish or Classical or Modern Hebrew, or alternatively select all non-language modules or Trinity Electives.  In your core course, you will study diverse cultures in the ancient, medieval and modern worlds through political, religious and literary texts, material culture and film. Topics include Ancient Empires of Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean, Arabs in Antiquity, Contemporary Islamic Movements, Human Rights in the Middle East, the History of Jews and Muslims in Europe from the Medieval to the Modern Period, Turkish Cultural History, the History of the Ottoman Empire, and the diversity of cultures and identities in the Modern Middle East and North Africa.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    In your third year, you will have an opportunity to study a semester or a full year abroad. You will continue with your Middle Eastern Language or choose from broad range of options offered by the department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, approved modules and Trinity Electives.

    In your final year, you will be able to choose special modules from a range on offer. Courses offered in recent years include the Modern Middle East and European Powers, The Jews of Egypt and their Encounter with Greek Culture; Islam and Gender; Holocaust Representation in Film and Literature, Advanced Hebrew, Turkish or Arabic.

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to Post Graduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience. In third year, students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in a prestigious European university with the EU funded Erasmus programme. Alternatively, you may apply to spend your third year in leading universities in North America, Australia and Hong Kong. The department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies also has a special exchange programme with Charles University, Prague.

    VISIT US:

    If you are considering studying for a degree in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations at Trinity but want to be sure, you are most welcome to attend first and second year lectures. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact us by email to arrange a visit.

    Thalia Nielsen, Graduate

    “Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations offers such a broad spectrum of topics. I loved the fact that I could tailor my degree to my own interests. Though my interest is mainly in the Arab world, modules in Jewish history were fascinating. As a small department, it is easy to get to know everyone – lecturers and classmates – which had a highly positive impact on my overall experience of university life. After graduating, I went on to do a Masters in Museum Studies.

    By comparison with other Trinity departments, the department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies is small in size but has a thriving undergraduate and postgraduate community. Our dedication to small-group teaching makes the student experience particularly rewarding. Amongst our students we foster independent and creative thinking and to facilitate this, lecturers are always ready to meet individual students to discuss academic issues.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    379-555 (2017)

    Number of Places

    10

    Minimum entry points required are 379-555 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

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    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Ancient History and Archaeology, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Classical Civilisation, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and History, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Modern Language , Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Music, Closing Date: 01/FEB/2019
  • Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations and Religion, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1451

    nmes@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/nmes