Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1009: History and Society in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr William Gallois (Lecturer)

James Onley (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Few other regions of the world have provoked more interest and controversy than the Middle East. This module will provide you with an introductory overview of the historical, political, economic, and strategic factors that shape the modern Middle East, examining key issues in the politics and society of the region from the Prophet to the present. It is designated to highlight the multi-faceted nature of Middle Eastern polities and to provide a continuity/change perspective on themes of regional unity versus political fragmentation. It also aims at providing you with the concepts and tools necessary to develop an analytical approach to understanding the problems of war and peace in the Middle East.   

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