Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM247: Rethinking Palestine: Critical Readings

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 Ilan Pappe (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will develop the critical reading skills which are essential for a successful dissertation and the knowledge of Palestine studies as a field. The module is structured around guided independent reading and will focus on texts relevant to the MA in Palestine 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 Arabic. Initial readings will focus on recent key texts in the field, reflecting the historiographical development in Palestine studies. Later readings will offer flexibility, giving students the chance to explore personal interests.


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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