Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2134: Ethnography of the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Week 1 Conceptualising the Middle East
Week 2 Orientalism and Ethnography: Natural Partners

Week 3 A Stranger in our Midst: Participant Observation, Interviews and Oral Histories
Week 4 Locations and Populations I: Rural Areas
Week 5 Locations and Populations II: Urban Spaces
Week 6 Social Hierarchies I: Family and Kinship Ties
Week 7 Social Hierarchies II: Gender Roles
Week 8 Religious Beliefs and Expressions
Week 9 Identities: Constructing Ethnicities and Selves
Week 10 Power and Authority: State and Opposition
Week 11 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 Activities1111 x 1 hour lectures, which develop and explain the themes of the week
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Seminars will involve discussing question(s) relating to the themes of the week; students will be expected to play an active role and will sometimes be asked to explain/comment on texts. Reaction papers will be set to test that these texts have been read
Guided independent study50Preparation of reaction papers
Guided independent study78Reading, class preparation

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/