The University Of Georgia
Program name: Eastern Studies
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: Alexander Chulukhadze
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Bachelor of Near or/and Middle East Studies
Program capacity: 240
Program permission: Enrollment of students at the first level of academic higher education (undergraduate programs) is carried out based on the results of unified national exams or the order of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia No. 224/N (December 29, 2011), passing administrative registration and the order of the presidents.
Program goals:

The program aims at training a qualified specialist of Middle East studies, a qualified specialist of one of the three main languages of the Middle East (Arabic, Persian, Turkish), a citizen with high social awareness and democratic values, who can understand and respect different cultures; an individual with analytical, critical and communication skills. At the same time, the program provides knowledge about the history of the Middle East region, economic, political, legal, religious systems and culture, political trends and factors leading to various types of conflicts considering the peculiarities of the countries of the region, the dynamics of political relations with each other and with Georgia, the current situation, and perspectives.

The program develops the student's ability to critically understand the past and present of the Middle East; in general, the ability to identify the main characteristics of the Middle East as a large region and the separate countries within it, and a general understanding of the characteristics of the regional development and diachronic framework. The undergraduate of the program will be employed in almost all areas related to various aspects of the acquired competences: public service, international organizations, scientific-research institutes, foreign relations service, Eastern private or state trade / economic missions, macro and microeconomic international companies, diplomatic missions of the relevant countries, etc.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:

• the method of working on the book;

• explanatory method;

• using video-audio material;

• interactive lectures;

• Dislike news;

• team working;

• Practical working;

• Written working

• make a presentations;

• Verbal or oral method

• Discussion-debates

Learning outcomes:
Date of approval: 12-03-2012
Approval protocol number: 43-12
Date of program update:
Update protocol number: #12PDC6022-02
Program details:

In addition to the core subjects shaping competence, the program two university-compulsory elective subjects - social/humanitarian and STEM blocks, a block of mandatory elective oriental languages and free credits; In addition to the major specialty, a student can choose a minor specialty. It is possible to choose an minor specialty both in the school offering the major specialty or in another school (the minor specialty does not grant the student an academic degree, however, in combination with the major specialty, it strengthens the general and sectoral competencies of the student and/or provides an opportunity to acquire certain basic knowledge, which, along with the major specialty, will form the sectoral competences necessary for employment or pursuing studies at the next level of education).   

The program is meticulously designed to account for the individualization of students' language competencies. Specifically, students start learning the English language at a proficiency level relevant to the assessed knowledge evidenced by the unified national examinations and internal assessments.

The maximum raw score determined on the unified national exam:

  • If 63% is obtained, the student is admitted at the B1/1 level of English;
  • in case of receiving 64% to 86% - at B1/2 level;
  • In case of receiving 87% to 100% - at B2/1 level.
  • In case of receiving more than 93%, the student is given a language proficiency test, and if the threshold score is achieved, the student will be able to register at the B2/2 level of English. If the student does not pass the threshold, he/she will be admitted to the B2/1 level.
  • In case of obtaining more than 93%, if the student does not appear for the test, he/she will be admitted to the B2/1 level.
Teaching Process Characteristics:

To obtain a bachelor's degree in Near and/or Middle Eastern Studies, a student must earn 240 credits comprising:

  • Core courses of the program – 96 ECTS (including English language B 2/2 6 ECTS);
  • 18 ECTS of university compulsory-elective courses (6 ECTS from the social/humanitarian block and 12 ECTS from the STEM block);
  • Compulsory elective oriental languages block - 48 ECTS;
  • Minor specialty subjects - 60 ECTS
  • Free credits - 18 ECTS.

Humanitarian-Social Block

Code Subject ECTS Semester
ANTH3130Basics of Cultural Anthropology6 2
BUSN4433Economy, business, management6 2
HIST1222History of Russian occupation in Georgia6 2
LAWB1155Debates and Critical Thinking6 2
LAWB1177Thinking and Morality6 2
LAWB1195Citizenship in the modern world6 2
LITR1212The great Books6 2
POLI2260Basics of Political Ideologies6 2

Credits sum:


STEM Block

Code Subject ECTS Semester
STEM0002Ingenuity, entrepreneurship and technology6 1,4
STEM0003Experiments that changed the world6 1,4
STEM0004Game theory6 1,4
STEM0007Mathematics and Civilizations6 1,4
STEM0011Computational reasoning6 1,4
STEM0012Biology and Health of the Human6 1,2
STEM0013Basics of Cyber Hygiene6 1,2
MATH1414Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning6 1,4
STEM0005Modern technologies6 1,4
STEM0010Logic6 1,4

Credits sum:


Program Core

Code Subject ECTS Semester
ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 1
HIST1118Civilizations and Mankind Development6 1
ORST1110Introduction to The Oriental Studies6 1
ORST1210History of The Middle East I (Ancient and Middle Periods)6 2
ORST2120Islam (Region, History, Civilization)6 2
ORST1117Political relations of Georgia and the Near East6 3
ORST2110History of The Middle East II (New and Contemporary Periods)6 3
ORST2131Political and Economic Geography of the Near East6 3
ORST2222Arts and Culture of The Middle East6 4
JMMB3120Media and Politics6 6
ORST11166 6
ORST4210The Contemporary Middle East (Ideology, Politics and Security)6 6
ORST1115Geopolitics of ethnic and religious conflicts in the Near East6 8
ORST2217State Structure and Law of The Middle East6 8
ORST4230Bachelor Thesis in Oriental Studies12 8

Credits sum:


Block of Arabic Language - Mandatory Elective

ARAB1140Arabic Language I (A1)61
ARAB1240Arabic Language II (A2)62
ARAB2141Arabic language (B1/1)63
ARAB2241Arabic language IV(B1/2)64
ARAB3142Arabic language V (B2/1)65
ARAB3242Arabic language VI (B2/2)66
ARAB4140Arabic Language VII (Economics, Politics, Law)67
ARAB4241Arabic language VIII (Translation Theory and Practice68

Credits sum:


Block of Turkish Language - Mandatory Elective

TURK1140Turkish Language I (A1)61
TURK1240Turkish Language II (A2)62
TURK2141Turkish Language III(B1/1)63
TURK2241Turkish language IV (B1/2)64
TURK3142Turkish language V(B2/1)65
TURK3242Turkish language VI (B2/2)66
TURK4140Turkish Language VII (Economics, Politics, Law)67
TURK4241Turkish language VIII (Translation Theory and Practice68

Credits sum:


Block of Persian Language - Mandatory Elective

PERS1140Persian Language I (A1)61
PERS1240Persian Language II (A2)62
PERS2141Persian language III(B1/1)63
PERS2241Persian language IV(B1/2)64
PERS3142Persian language V (B2/1)65
PERS3242Persian language VI (B2/2)66
PERS4140Persian Language VII (Economics, Politics, Law)67
PERS4241Persian language VIII (Translation Theory and Practice68

Credits sum:


Matrix Of Privequisites

Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
94-96 3,75 A
91-93 3,50 A-
87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
84-86 3,00 B B
81-83 2,75 B-  
77-80 2,50 C+   C good
74-76 2,25 C
71-73 2,00 C-
67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
64-66 1,50 D
61-63 1,25 D-
51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
Not passed
41-50   FX FX Insufficient
<40   F F Failed

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