The MA Israeli Studies is an interdisciplinary degree which explores the history, culture, politics, language and music of Israel. The programme is based on a modular system, so the subjects covered can be as diverse as the political thought of Vladimir Jabotinsky, Christian Zionism, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, the rise of Palestinian nationalism, the struggle of Soviet Jews for emigration, the writings of Mendele Moykher-Sforim, the music of the hasidim, Palestinian Islamism, the teachings of the Rambam and the Ramban.
- Three taught courses - one major subject and two minor - which start in October and finish in April - Two essays - to be completed by the end of the winter and spring terms respectively - A three-hour examination in May or June - A dissertation in the major subject to be completed by the following September
Two Israeli Studies courses (one major and one minor) from:
Zionist Ideology Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians Modern Israel through its Culture A Historical Approach to Israeli Literature
AND either one further minor from the above lists or one from the following:
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism, term 2, 0.5 unit (not available 2010-11) The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art, term 2, 0.5 unit Family, Work, and Leisure in Ancient Judaism, term 1, 0.5 unit Judaism and Gender, term 2, 0.5 unit (not available 2010-11) Elementary Hebrew Intermediate Hebrew Intensive Modern Hebrew Advanced Hebrew Arabic language courses (Masters) (Language courses are offered at different levels of competence) African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans Modern Palestinian Literature (PG)
As a student specialising in Israeli Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.
Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.
Six of the academic departments are devoted to teaching and research in the languages, literatures and cultures of Africa, China and Inner Asia, Japan and Korea, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia, with the seventh teaching and conducting research in Linguistics. The Language Centre caters to the needs of non-degree students and governmental and non-governmental organisations. It maintains a huge portfolio of courses, including year-long diploma programmes, weekly evening classes in about 40 different African and Asian languages, and tailored intensive one-to-one courses. The Language Centre also offers courses in French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Their teaching is in three main areas: - language competence acquisition;
- textual and cultural studies - both comparative and language-specific, and covering not only 'literature' in a strict sense but also visual media, performance, folklore, translation etc.;
- language studies with linguistics at its core - including the prestigious Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.
While SOAS as a whole represents the most substantial concentration in the Western world of expertise dedicated to African, Middle Eastern and Asian studies, the Faculty of Languages and Cultures is heavily committed to teaching and research grounded in a knowledge of the principal languages and cultures of two thirds of humankind.