The programme in Arabic Studies (PAS) offers a bachelor degree which focuses on modern standard Arabic and provides the student with a broad introduction to the historical-political development of the Arab States and the Middle East from the rise of Islam until the present day. The programme consists of courses which provide the student with sound language skills and communication proficiency in Arabic as well as a in-depth knowledge of the history, politics, religious currents and international relations of the Arab world and the Middle East. The programme examines issues concerning democracy and human rights and also examines Middle Eastern and Arabic society from a gender perspective.
The Bachelor's degree consists of a total of 180 higher education credits, of which 90 are from a progressive specialisation in a chosen area (linguistic/non-linguistic specialisation). Language and studies of life and institutions are covered during the first four terms of the programme. During the fifth term students with the linguistic specialisation are placed at an Arabic university and students with the non-linguistic specialisation are placed at either an Arabic or a European university. The sixth term is spent composing the degree essay, studying a theory and method course and a course on modern Arabic literature translated (7.5 ECTS).
The Arab world has a combined population of 300 million. Arabic is therefore seen as one of the major languages of the world. Swedens connections with the Arab world have, as with international development, grown considerably. Extensive and thorough studies of modern standard Arabic and the Middle East are therefore seen as of value to the majority of, if not all, occupations. Through immigration Sweden now has a significant minority group of Arabic speakers. Translators and interpreters as well as other personnel are required for information-related positions at both governmental and local governmental level. The Arab world is also of particular interest to trade. Lack of knowledge of the Arab culture in the past and present has shown itself to be a significant obstacle to the development of important relations, both diplomatic and economic, with the Arab world.
Director of studies Henry Diab
Centre for Languages and Literature
Phone: 046-222 93 21