Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures
What is Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures?
The degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures gives students a unique opportunity to study the history, culture and one language of the Middle East (Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish) combined with a choice of a European language (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish) and its history and culture. In this course students explore diverse perspectives on Middle Eastern and European societies through a study of history, literature and identity politics. The skills and in-depth knowledge acquired in this course prepare students to engage critically with, and contribute to, current discussions about the cultures, histories and religious affairs of the Middle East and their relationship with European societies as well as Europe’s millennia-long history of engagement with this region.
Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures:
The course for you?
Are you curious about Europe’s relationship with the Middle East and how to build future relationships? Are you searching for a course that gives you both academic breadth and allows you to specialise in a language of your choice? Are you interested in understanding European and Middle Eastern societies, their social problems and how these are rooted in both our past engagements and our current engagements? The degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures may be the degree for you. It is a unique programme which combines the study of a European and a Middle Eastern language as well as exploring the histories and cultures of these regions. What is most unique about this degree is that it allows you to examine the cultural engagement between these two regions, an engagement which stretches back at least three millennia. This course would suit those who have an interest in history and culture, who enjoy studying languages and literatures, who wish to engage with current debates about global issues, who are fascinated by international politics, and who are ambitious and relish the challenge of fully engaging with a foreign culture by living and studying abroad for a year.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
Graduates of this course will be well placed to work in international relations and international development, with multinational corporations and with NGOs as well as in advocacy, diplomacy, journalism, academia, secondary school education, the Civil Service and the institutions of the European Union. Speaking a European language fluently and having a level of proficiency in a Middle Eastern language gives graduates a competitive advantage when it comes to recruitment in multinational companies, many of which have Ireland as their European base. Graduates of this course will also be well placed to take up further study in languages, history, cultural studies or—because of their language skills and their cultural understanding—international business and marketing as well as international relations.
Your degree and what you will study
In your first year you will choose one European language and its corresponding area studies course. In addition, you will take a module focused on a subject related to the study of Europe, e.g., Introduction to the History of Ideas and a module with a focus on the Middle East, e.g., Introduction to Jewish/Islamic Civilisation or Introduction to the Ancient Near East/Turkish Cultural History. There will also be a module that deals with the relationship between the Middle East and Europe, e.g., Cultural Encounters Between the Middle East and Europe. In your second year, you will continue to study your chosen European language and will begin to study a Middle Eastern language of your choice. As in first year, some of your modules will focus on Europe, others on the Middle East, and there will be a module that examines the historical and cultural encounters between Europe and the Middle East. The third year is spent abroad in a university in Europe or in the Middle East. Your final year offers you many different options and focuses on both languages (or only the European language if you choose), and continues to deepen your knowledge of European and Middle Eastern cultures and the engagement between them. Modules are assessed through a combination of project work, in-class tests, essays and end of year examinations.
The Departments in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies currently have links with the following European universities where students can spend their third year: for Spanish: University of Granada, University of Seville; for French: University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Geneva; for Italian University of Naples; for German: University of Cologne, University of Hamburg, University of Vienna. Many of these universities also offer Middle Eastern languages and you may continue the study of your chosen Middle Eastern Language while in Europe. You may also choose to spend the year at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (where you can continue your study of Hebrew or Arabic) or in a Turkish university.
Students are assessed through a combination of examination, essay writing and project work
For general admission requirements please click here
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Special Entry Requirements
Applicants must present at least one European language other than English or Irish in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).
H3 in one of French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
Advanced GCSE (A-level)
Grade B in oneof French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
Where a student is presenting two languages they must attain at least the following grades:
H3 if presenting French or German.
H4 if presenting if presenting Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
Advanced GCSE (A-level):
Grade C in two of French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Hebrew Studies.
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Advanced Entry Applications
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