Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM111: State and Society in the Gulf

This module descriptor refers to the 2012/3 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Marc Valeri (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


ARAM111 is a 15 credit version of ARAM111A (worth 30 credits). It deals with the relationship between state and society in the Gulf Arab States (Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and Oman) at the end of the 20th and in the early 21st centuries. It covers a period of dramatic change in politics and society, and aims at providing a critical understanding of the area by analyzing continuities in state/society relations before and during the oil era. It is structured around main themes which provide a comparative perspective on the interaction between political and social actors across the region. These themes include state structures and institutions, ideologies of legitimation and resistance, and the formulation of societal responses to socio-economic and political change.

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