Undergraduate Module Descriptor


ARA1009: History and Society in the Middle East

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

1                Lecture        Introduction; History and the Middle East

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

2                Lecture        The Rise and Expansion of Islam, 610–61

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

3                Lecture        Umayyad & Abbasid Empires, 661–945

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

4                Lecture        The Post-Abbasid Empires, 900s–1200s 

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

5                Lecture        The Early Ottoman Empire, 1281–1600s

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

6                Lecture        Iran under the Safavids & Qajars, 1501–1925

                Seminar       Discuss assigned reading

7               Lecture         The Later Ottoman Empire, 1700s–1923;

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

8               Lecture         Palestine, 1800s–1948

               Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

9                Lecture        Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, & Egypt, 1920s–50s

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

10              Lecture        The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948–79

                Seminar         Discuss assigned reading

11              Lecture        The Reassertion of Islamic Power

                Seminar     Discuss assigned reading & review final exam

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
221280

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

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity11Lectures covering the topics listed in the syllabus plan.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity11Class discussion of pre-assigned reading
Guided independent study38Reading for, and reflecting on, seminars
Guided Independent Study30Completing essay proposal based on research of the literature
Guided Independent Study60Preparing for and completing summative assignments

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/