Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM112B: Independent Reading Course

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

Module Aims

The primary aim of this module is to help you develop research skills that allow you to investigate topics and readings that may be of use in constructing a viable dissertation and to develop key disciplinary skills that may contribute to the wider MA programme. This module may not be used for direct research on individual MA dissertation topics; however, it may be used to explore topics of interest for a dissertation. Subject to the availability of a qualified teacher (to be arranged through the course convenor), this module is intended to allow you (individually or in very small groups) to pursue guided readings in areas of individual faculty specialisation where a formal course is not currently offered.  These areas would normally include, among others, areas (e.g., readings in Persian, Arabic, or a specialised historical or regional field) where MA students are entering the programme with a level of competency equal to or beyond that covered in the introductory course offerings.   Both Islamic and Middle East Studies (and available Institute faculty interests and specialisations) cover many fields and regions beyond those listed in the formal curriculum, and this course is intended to allow interested MA students to pursue those studies with the appropriate faculty

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. Through guided supervision, demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the particular themes, theories, and approaches examined in the tutorial.
2. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the readings, theories and approaches investigated in the tutorial using linguistic skills to read texts in Middle Eastern languages
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Demonstrate analytically how to contextualize the readings, theories and approaches within the wider field of Middle East and Islamic Studies
4. Undertake research, construct a bibliography and ground one's research within the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies
Personal and Key Skills5. Demonstrate understanding and analysis of research undertaken in oral and written forms
6. Demonstrate the absorption, critical analysis of readings and approaches undertaken