Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA2118: Gender-Identity and Modernity in the Middle East
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)
Dr Katie Natanel (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
In this module you will explore interrelationships between gender, identity and modernity in the contemporary Middle East. You will learn to critically analyse the various debates, tensions and transformations that are linked to changing gender relations in the region. These debates are often framed within the parameters of modernisation, nationalism, feminism and Islamism. A critique of modernity in the context of the Middle East involves a close examination of the traditional vs. modern and authentic vs. western dichotomies, which are not only prevalent in academic writings, but also constitute forceful oppositions in the cultural, historical and political discourses within the region.
The course consists of lectures, class discussions/seminars and student presentations. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. The module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.