Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM246: Critical Readings in Kurdish Studies

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


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

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Christine Robins (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will develop the critical reading skills, which are essential for a successful dissertation and the knowledge of Kurdish studies as a field. The module is structured around guided independent reading and will focus on texts relevant to the MA in Kurdish studies. It is a core module for this MA but is open to students on others – there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites, though we expect that some of the texts read by individuals may be in Kurdish, Persian Arabic or other European languages. Initial readings will focus on key texts in the field, leading to reflection on its evolution from Orientalist roots to a broad field of study. Later readings will offer flexibility, giving students the chance to explore personal interests; it is expected that preference will be given to texts (in the broadest sense) produced by Kurdish scholars, writers and artists.


Students will meet with the course convenor in week 1 and there will be 3 workshops following this, in weeks 4, 8 and 11, where students will present their reflections on their readings and engage in discussion. They will also have 4x 1 hour meetings with tutors for intensive reflection and discussion of the texts and of their learning journey. The course convenor and tutors will guide the students in their readings, but it is the students’ responsibility to identify specific areas of interest, to engage with tutors and their peers, and to take responsibility for their progress. 

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