Postgraduate Module Descriptor


ARAM215: Studying the Contemporary Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the course is to expose students to a wide variety of approaches to the study of the contemporary Middle East, with a particular emphasis on topics such as art and architecture, gender, language and literature, and colonialism. Given the large number of academics involved in delivering this module, the structure of the individual seminars is rather flexible, although it will always include a significant amount of active student participation, as is expected at the MA level.

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. demonstrate knowledge of key issues in the debates on gender, literature/poetry, modernity, orientalism, etc.
2. undertake independent research on various themes and issues in contemporary Middle East Studies.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. find, use and analyze secondary and primary data relevant to specific issue areas;
4. place issues discussed in a wider context and deploy critical arguments.
Personal and Key Skills5. apply critical and analytical skills