Postgraduate Module Descriptor


ARAM190: Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

This module is intended to introduce new MA students to general research skills, sources and tools relevant to the study of the Middle East and Muslim world from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. It aims to remain focused on the Middle East whilst giving students an introduction to various disciplinary approaches, thus imparting an awareness of the exigencies of the disciplines of others, which is highly relevant in area studies. Students also get a chance to practise more transferable skills such as giving presentations. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Utilize a variety of disciplinary research methods, selected from those employed in the subject areas of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
2. Apply bibliographic and referencing skills relevant to the study of the Middle East and Muslim world;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Understand the relevant ethical issues linked to the study of the Middle East and Muslim world, with particular reference to the ethical frameworks of the ESRC and AHRC;
4. Organize information (required for the composition of a thesis plan in the area of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies);
Personal and Key Skills5. Communicate clearly (both in writing and orally);
6. Utilize computer skills relevant to investigating and employing data for the study of the Middle East and Muslim worlds;
7. Interpret data from a variety of sources (including print and news media);