Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM236: Sociology and Anthropology of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, the syllabus will cover all of the following topics:

  • Introduction: Deconstructing Gulf exceptionalism
  • Origins of Social Hierarchies: Historical Circulations & Introduction of Nationality
  • Contemporary Dynamics of Tribes and Tribalism
  • “Transit States”: Migration, Kafala, Labour Market
  • Impossible Citizens: Social Changes, Mobilities and the Myth of Temporariness
  • Theorising the Organisation of Gulf Societies: Marxist and Anthropological Perspectives
  • The Production of Gulf Cities: Segregation and Interactions
  • Seeing from the Margins: Social Ordering and Subversive Practices
  • Family and Gender Transformations in the Arabian Peninsula
  • Bodies, Norms and Transgressions
  • Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Gulf Modernity

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study32Essay (20 hours reading, 12 hours writing)
Guided independent study28Individual presentation (18 hours researching, 10 hours preparing presentation)
Guided independent study40Weekly reading (10 x 4 hours per week)
Guided independent study28Project (18 hours researching, 10 hours writing/preparing presentation)

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

The International Crisis Group’s reports at;

Human Rights Watch (Middle East) produces good reports on the states of the Arabian Peninsula: