Studying the MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World combines e-learning (80%) with regular on-site-instruction (20%). This blended learning method combines both the flexibility of a distance-learning program with the advantages of personalized teaching and guidance by the lecturers as well as peer-to-peer interaction.
In the beginning of your studies, you will be provided with a personal login to enter the e-learning platform Moodle. On Moodle, you will find all study materials and engage with your peers in synchronic online lectures. Interactive and innovative tools like our virtual library and discussion boards grant you both a challenging and exciting learning experience. In addition, you will profit from link collections and research databases. The synchronic online sessions are held via Adobe Connect thus guaranteeing direct communication between all participants.
Three times a year, you will meet your professors, tutors, peers and the staff of the program face-to-face. The Introductory Week is usually scheduled in September/October, the two two-week colloquia for February/March and August/September of the following year. The overall goal of the Introductory Week is to offer the new students a detailed introduction into the content, the technological and organizational aspects of the MA program and to meet their new peers. The two colloquia provide students and lecturers with the opportunity to discuss particular topics related to their modules in more depth, to take examinations and to discuss the MA thesis.
Tutoring and feedback
Throughout your studies, your professors and lecturers will guide and advise you. Every module is taught by an academic who is strongly involved in the latest research in areas like Islamic, Arabic, Judaic or Semitic Studies, Studies in Eastern Christianity, Religious Studies, Theology or Philosophy. The feedback will be given on Adobe Connect, in Skype sessions, on discussion boards, and/or in personal (email) communication. Thus, the MA program makes sure that you receive straightforward insights in the state of the art of the field. Furthermore, we are offering a personal tutor system that will assure academic supervision and mentoring parallel to the online classes and classroom trainings. You will have the chance to steadily improve your performance and to learn for your academic and professional life.