The aim of the LLM ( Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies ) is to provide a critical appreciation of a broad range of issues relating to a distinctive socio-cultural, political and religious context in a comparative perspective. It is aimed to promote open discussion and debate, critical analysis, research and development of newer frameworks as demanded by contemporary events. It aims to engender excellent research and writing skills based on stronger foundations and better understanding of the origins, evolution and contemporary developments of an under researched area. The objective of the program is to promote better understanding of the dynamics of the Islamic & Middle Eastern world through law related frameworks which include human rights, religion, colonialism, eurocentrism, racism, sexism and dialogue.
The Aims and Objectives of the LLM Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Programme are
The LLM Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies offers a range of existing modules. In addition to the core modules, International Law as an Area Study: Middle East, a range of options including Islam and Human Rights, Islamic Legal Cultures, Islamic Legal Theories, Feminist Legal Theories, International Human Rights, Law and Development and Law of Armed conflict are offered.
The LLM (Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies) at UEL will be a distinctive programme for the following reasons
There will be two core modules, Law and Policy in the Middle East and Current Issues and Research in International Law. Candidates then take at least one module from the following: Islam and Human Rights, Islamic Legal Cultures, Islamic Legal Theories, Feminist Legal Theories, International Human Rights, law, International Environmental Law, International Trade Law, Law of Armed conflict and International Criminal Law. Candidates may choose their second option from any one of the above or from any other LLM module.
The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be substantially related to the areas of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies.
Module Lectures/Seminars, workshops and human rights seminars, day school, optional placements, external visits by experts and proposed overseas study.
All modules are research based involving coursework. Students take four modules of 30 credits each for which they submit their coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the semester. The LLM dissertation accounting for 60 credits involves a 15,000 word essay. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years.
Students are welcome to negotiate projects/assignments as work-based initiatives but the supervision offered is the same as for other coursework.
Day School and dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, research specific topics. However, the nature of postgraduate dissertation does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.
Qualifications for admission are a good degree in law, the social sciences, the humanities, Middle East, Islamic Studies, theology or another appropriate degree. Professional qualifications will also be taken in account. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied for the first degree in English medium require IELTS at 6.5 or its equivalent.
Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.
No work experience is required.
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