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A Study Plan for the BA in English Language and Literature

The Department of English Language and Literature

A Message from the Chairman
Welcome to the website of The Department of English Language and Literature, one of the main departments in The Arabic Open University. We offer programmers leading to the BA degree in English Language and Literature and to the MA degree in English Linguistics, English Literature and Translation. Our faculty members are widely recognized for their scholarly excellence, friendliness and dedication to serving the Iraqi, Arab and International community. They are well known for their excellence in teaching and for their extensive expertise in the areas of English Linguistics, English Literature and Translation. They have taught throughout the Arab World: in the Arab Gulf States, Jordan, Libya, Algeria besides their home country, Iraq. This diversity of backgrounds and experience is one of our important sources of enrichment. We exert our utmost to provide each of our students with the attention s/he needs to be able to excel and to become an independent researcher. Each of our students is assigned an academic tutor with whom s/he works closely throughout the period of her/his study. The courses we offer fall into four separate, but interdependent areas: English language skills, English literature, linguistics, and translation.
In our efforts to meet the challenge of modern educational requirements, we have modified our study plan, and re-oriented it towards providing a high standard of education to our students. New courses have been introduced, and many others re-focused. All have been re-prescribed with the aim of achieving the overall objectives of the Department. In consonance with this modified study plan, the Department has adopted student-centred teaching outlook, and fostered individualized instruction approaches. You are invited to explore our homepage for comprehensive information about our department, degree programs, degree requirements, course descriptions, and faculty member profiles.

Objectives
The Department pays close attention to both languages: Arabic and English especially when it comes to translation. Faculty members and students are urged to utilize both languages as a medium of instruction and learning. Every possible effort is made to benefit from our heritage to improve our social and intellectual environment. The Department fulfils its mission through offering specialized academic programs oriented towards the community. These programs reflect the needs and ambitions of our students both at home and in exile taking into consideration the academic developments in similar programs at the international level. Our objective is to serve our homeland and to contribute, through these programs, to the development of human knowledge. 

Head of the Department

A Study Plan for the BA in English Language and Literature

General Requirements:
1- This plan conforms to the general frame of the program for the Undergraduate Studies. Holders of an accredited High school Certificate are admitted to the Program.
2- Students should complete 120 credit hours.

Special Requirements:
Passing an exam in the English Language

First Year
The University Requirements
Students select two of the following courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
13101 Civil Society and Democracy 3
13102 Psychology 3
13103 Political Thought 3
13104 Philosophy 3
Total  6

The Department Requirements
Fall Semester: student register for the following three courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
13201 Communication Skills 3
13202 English Grammar (1) 3
13203 Reading Comprehension 3
Total  9

Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
13204 Language Skills  3
13205 English Grammar (2) 3
13206 English Phonetics 3
13207 English Composition 3
13208 Vocabulary Building 3
Total  15

Second Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13209 Syntax 1  3 13214 Research Paper Writing 3
13210 Introduction to English Literature 3 13215 History of the English Language3
13211 Morphology and Lexical Studies 3 13216 Advanced Reading3
13212 Conversational English 3 13217 Translation Principles3
13213 English Phonology 3 13218 20th Century English Literature3
Total  15  15

Third Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
12219 Syntax 2  3 13224 World literature in English3
13220 Mass Media Translation 3 13225 Debating3
13221 English Language Teaching 3 13226 English Language Testing3
13222 19th C English Literature 3 13227 Introduction to Linguistics3
13223 Advanced Writing 3 13228 Translation of Business and Legal Texts3
Total  15  15

Fourth Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13229 Discourse Analysis  3 13234 Graduation Project3
13230 The Modern Novel 3 13235 Special Topic in Linguistics3
13231 Literary Criticism 3 13236 16th C English Literature3
13232 18th C English Literature 3 13237 17th C English Literature3
13233 Special Topic in Literature 3 13238 Drama: Shakespeare and the Renaissance3
Total  15  15

The Faculty of Graduate Studies
A Study Plan for the Master in Translation

General Requirements:
1- This plan conforms to the general frame of the program for the Graduate Studies
2- Areas of Specialty for Admission to this Program:
Holders of a Bachelor Degree in:
A- English Language and Literature
B- Translation

Special Requirements:
Passing two exams in translation from Arabic into English and vice versa
The courses are divided into obligatory and elective:

Obligatory Courses
Fall Semester Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13301 Research Methodology  3 13305 Semantics and Pragmatics3
13302 English Syntax 3 13306 Stylistics3
13303 Contrastive Text Analysis 3 13307 Technical Translation3
13304 Theories of Translation 3 13308 Simultaneous and Consecutive Translation3
Total    24

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13309 Literary Translation 3 13312 Lexicology and Dictionaries3
13310 Translation of Legal Texts 3 13313 Mass Media Translation3
13311 Translation of Political and Diplomatic Texts 3 13314 Translation Strategies3
Total    18

Master Degree Requirements: accomplishing 33 credit hours as follows:
1- Non-Thesis Track:
A- Covering the 24 credit hours of the obligatory courses
B- Taking 9 credit hours from the elective courses
C- A Comprehensive exam (12315)
2- Thesis Track
A- completing 18 credit hours from the obligatory courses
B- Taking 6 credit hours from the elective courses
C- A thesis: 9 credit hours (12316)

A Study Plan for the Master in Linguistics

General Requirements:

1- This plan conforms to the general frame of the program for the Graduate Studies
2- Areas of Specialty for Admission to this Program:
Holders of a Bachelor Degree in:
a. English Language and Literature
b. Translation
c. Linguistics
Special Requirements:
Passing a proficiency exam in the English Language
The courses are divided into obligatory and elective:

Obligatory Courses
Fall Semester Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13317 Research Methodology  3 13321 Semantics and Pragmatics3
13318 Advanced Syntax 3 13322 Stylistics3
13319 Contrastive Linguistics  3 13323 Psycholinguistics3
13320 Discourse Analysis and Text Linguistics 3 13324 Advanced Phonetics and Phonology3
Total    24

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13325 Historical Linguistics  3 13328 English Morphology3
13326 Sociolinguistics 3 13329 Pragmatics3
13327 First and Second Language Acquisition 3 13330 Lexicology and Lexicography3
Total    15

Master Degree Requirements: accomplishing 33 credit hours as follows:
3- Non-Thesis Track:
a. covering the 24 credit hours of the obligatory courses
b. taking 9 credit hours from the elective courses
c. A Comprehensive exam (12331)
4- Thesis Track
a. covering 18 credit hours from the obligatory courses
b. taking 6 credit hours from the elective courses
c. A thesis: 9 credit hours (12332)

A Study Plan for the Master in English Literature

General Requirements:
3- This plan conforms to the general frame of the program for the Graduate Studies
4- Areas of Specialty for Admission to this Program:
Holders of a Bachelor Degree in the English Language and Literature

Special Requirements:
Passing a proficiency exam in the English Language

The courses are divided into obligatory and elective:

Obligatory Courses
Fall Semester Spring Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13333 Research Methodology  3 13337 World Literature3
13334 English Novel 3 13338 Literary Criticism in the 20th C3
13335 English Drama  3 13339 Literary Theory3
13336 Modern English and American Poetry  3 13340 Comparative Literature3
Total    24

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Course Number Course Name 
13341 Middle English 3 13344 Modern Critics3
13342 Contrastive Textology 3 13345 Modern Trends in Drama3
13343 Modernism and Postmodernism in English Literature 3 13346 Modern English and American Novel3
Total    18

Master Degree Requirements: accomplishing 33 credit hours as follows:
5- Non-Thesis Track:
a. covering the 24 credit hours of the obligatory courses
b. taking 9 credit hours from the elective courses
c. A Comprehensive exam (13347)
6- Thesis Track
a. covering 18 credit hours from the obligatory courses
b. taking 6 credit hours from the elective courses
c. A thesis: 9 credit hours (13348